The event announcements have been coming thick and fast over the past week or two and have left us with a much clearer picture of how the first few months of the UFC’s new deal with FOX are going to shape up in 2012.
It’s clear that the plan is to hit the ground running and that’s good news for fight fans as it entails five notable events all landing on free tv within the first 10 weeks of the year.
Take a look below for a clearer idea of how it’s all going to shape up.
January 21st: UFC On FX 1 – Guillard Vs Miller
The UFC’s first event of the new deal will take place on Saturday, January 21st with their first ever show FX which will to all intents and purposes be ‘Fight Night 26’ starring lightweight contenders Melvin Guillard and Joe Miller in the main event.
January 28th: UFC On FOX 2 – Evans Vs Davis
Just a week later they’ll head straight into an event on ‘big’ FOX, and this time it’ll be a two hour show consisting of four fights.
Though they won’t have a title on the line like their first event in November they will be delivering what Dana White is calling a ‘triple bill’ of big fights: Rashad Evans Vs Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen Vs Mark Munoz and Michael Bisping Vs Demian Maia.
February 15th: UFC On Fuel TV 1 – Ellenberger Vs Sanchez
There’s only a little over two week break before the UFC then christens Fuel TV with it’s first live event of the new deal. which interestingly will land on a Wednesday night.
Though Fuel TV doesn’t have the same reach as FOX or FX that doesn’t mean that the promotion will be scrimping on the talent involved, with a meaningful welterweight fight between two of the division’s leading contenders in Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez taking the headline slot.
March 3rd: UFC On FX 2: Alves Vs Kampmann
The free live fights keep coming as there’s only another two weeks to wait until the promotion is back on FX and this time it’s Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann who’ll front the event.
This is something we’ll be getting used to in 2012 as there’s a total of eight live events scheduled for broadcast on FX alone.
March 9th: The Ultimate Fighter Season 15 Premiere on FX
As if that wasn’t enough the following Friday night sees the start of TUF Season 15 which it was announced last night will be coached by bantamweight stars Urijah Faber and current champion Dominick Cruz.
The season will run for 13 weeks and this time will follow a revamped format which will see an elimination fight air live each week meaning that the UFC is going to have a major presence on FX for a good portion of the year.