UFC president Dana White today unveiled the fighters who will headline the promotion’s first ever event on FOX which will air live on November 12th.
Despite previously having denied that the one hour show would feature a title fight it seems that they changed their mind as a major heavyweight fight between current champion Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos has now been unveiled as the centrepiece of the night that will be watched by millions on the network.
The fight had originally been earmarked to headline UFC 139 a week after the FOX show, but with this switch the UFC brass have made it clear that they are fully committed to delivering major fights on network television to ensure that their new deal is a success.
“We really wanted to deliver for FOX and the fans,” Dana White admitted during the conference call, while acknowledging that middleweight champion Anderson Silva was also considered before being ruled out due to timing issues.
Speaking of timing issues – the other big announcement stemming from this is that – due to the fact that Velasquez Vs Dos Santos will be a five round title fight – that’s going to make it the only fight that will air live on the show.
In terms of pure entertainment it’s a cracking fight between undoubtedly the two best heavyweights in the division at this moment in time.
Velasquez is the perfect example of a modern day mixed martial artist – a tremendous athlete with a terrific gas tank and an extremely well-rounded skill-set that ensures he’s comfortable wherever the fight takes him.
JDS meanwhile brings real excitement to each of his fights thanks to his natural KO power and the best boxing skills in the division.
The only catch here from a FOX perspective is that neither Velasquez or Dos Santos has the natural charisma and personality to really shine pre and post-fight.
Velasquez is quiet, reserved and soft-spoken despite being the heavyweight champion of the world, while Dos Santos has worked hard on his English, but still doesn’t yet have the vocabulary to really make a big impact and capture people’s attention and imagination.
Still, it’s what they do in the cage that will really matter, and I’m certainly excited to see this one go down on Saturday, 12th November.