On November 12th the UFC will hold their first live event on FOX which will feature two live fights and there’s currently a lot of debate over who will get the opportunity to feature on this historic occasion that’ll be broadcast to millions.
Much depends on who is actually available to fight given that many of the promotion’s biggest stars are already booked up to fight.
As we noted in our article on this very subject a few days ago two fighters who aren’t currently booked up to fight are lightweight high-flyers Ben Henderson and Clay Guida, and in the past 48hrs both have been pleading their case to fight on the show via their managers.
“With the enormity of this FOX deal, I really think the UFC has to make wise business decisions in terms of who they put in the cage when it comes to keeping viewers tuned in,” Guida’s manager John Fosco told MMAJunkie on Monday.
Of course it’s no surprise that Fosco belives Guida is just the man to deliver the goods.
“We will attract a whole new number of viewers on prime-time TV because we know Clay’s style. We know it’s high-pace and high-energy. He’s a polarizing guy in a positive way. Ben Henderson is a very tough guy; we have a ton of respect for him, and we feel he brings the same kind of passion and energy.”
Naturally Fosco is going to talk up his man, but he’s got a point. Henderson Vs Guida would be the kind of energetic, dynamic fight that would come across well to the millions of new eyes that will be on the sport in it’s FOX debut.
It also happens to be a fight with relevance given the winner would most likely earn a title shot, so really it’s a win-win situation.
Henderson’s manager Malki Kawa appears to be in agreement.
“I can’t think of any better way for the UFC to make its FOX debut than for Ben to fight Clay in the evening’s main event,” Kawa said. “There’s no possible way Ben and Clay won’t deliver an absolute thriller,” Kawa told MMAJunkie earlier today.
In terms of star power I’m not so convinced by Kawa’s argument that this should be the main event – I’d still like to see someone with more of a name, perhaps Lyoto Machida and / or Rich Franklin for instance, but Bendo Vs Guida would make a terrific co-main event and would almost certainly steal the show in terms of action.
So far there’s been no word from the UFC on the matter, but this one seems like a no-brainer to me – get it signed Dana!