Today FOX put out a press release unveiling for the first time their full television plans for next weekend’s ‘UFC On FOX 1: Velasquez Vs Dos Santos event’.
The itinerary reveals that FOX, Fuel TV, FOXSports.com, FOX Radio and FOX Deportes will all be involved in providing fans with widespread coverage of the UFC’s debut on the network.
Check out how Saturday’s action will unfold below.
Pre-Fight On Fuel TV:
Saturday’s coverage begins on Fuel TV at 5.30pm Eastern Time with a re-aring of the weigh-ins followed by a repeat of the hour-long ‘UFC Primetime: Velasquez Vs Dos Santos’ special which first aired on FOX this past Sunday afternoon.
Then comes the original programming as a ‘UFC On Fuel TV: Pre-Fight Special’ delivers a two hour pre-fight build-up from 7-9pm ET hosted by Jay Glazer with UFC fighter Kenny Florian on analyst duties while Stephan Bonnar reports from backstage.
The pre-fight show will also feature a special ‘Champions Roundtable’ with Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell, Frank Mir and Forrest Griffin all weighing on the night’s big fight, and if that’s not enough Fuel TV’s own Nicole Dabeau will be interviewing the stars getting the red carpet treatment for the fight.
The Fight on FOX:
At 9pm ET it’s time to switch over to FOX as the fight approaches. The hour long show will be hosted by FOX Sport’s Curt Menefee who will be joined by UFC president Dana White to help set the scene.
Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar also sits in as an analyst while Joe Rogan will get last minute backstage interviews with both Velasquez and Dos Santos.
Then it’s on the fight itself and as usual the regular commentary team of Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan will call the action from Octagon-side.
Post-Fight On Fuel TV:
When the broadcast finishes at 10pm ET it’s time to switch back over to Fuel TV for an hour long post-fight show with Glazer, Florian and Bonnar all involved in dissecting the events that have just unfolded, while there will also be coverage of the post-fight press conference in addition to live fighter interviews.
Other Fight Week Broadcasts:
In addition to their extensive coverage on fight night Fuel TV will also provide the UFC On FOX weigh-ins live at 7pm ET on Friday, 11th November.
Meanwhile FOX have plans to also use the internet and radio to get fans ready for the big fight on Saturday night.
FOXSports.com plays a significant role, bringing the press conference live on Wednesday, the pre-fight workouts on Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins along with all nine preliminary bouts on fight night.
For the first time ever the UFC will also get extensive radio coverage with FOX Radio planning a massive five hours of coverage on Saturday night beginning at 8pm ET and including pre-fight analysis, live commentary from the main event and then Larry Pepe hosting post-fight analysis from 10-1am ET.
Rounding off FOX’s plans will be comprehensive coverage on FOX Deportes, providing Spanish speaking fans with access to a wealth of programming on Saturday night, including a three-part profile on Cain Velasquez and a replay of Velasquez Vs Brock Lesnar.
Then at 7-9pm ET Deportes viewers will be treated to two hours of live ‘UFC On FOX’ prelims including the eagerly anticipated Ben Henderson Vs Clay Guida co-main event before the main event between Velasquez and Dos Santos also airs live with commentary from Rodrigo Arana, Mario Delgado and Troy Santiago.
Update: Here’s an easy to read breakdown of the coverage courtesy of MMAfighting.com.
Friday, Nov. 11:
- 7:00 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT — Weigh-ins live on FUEL TV
- 7:00 P.M. ET — Cain Velasquez: Brown Pride, episode 3 on FOX Deportes
Saturday, Nov. 12:
- 3:00 p.m. ET — Cain Velasquez: Brown Pride, episodes 1-3 on FOX Deportes
- 4:45 p.m. ET — UFC on FOX prelims live on Facebook and FOXSports.com
- 5:30 p.m. ET — Weigh-ins re-air on FUEL TV
- 6:00 p.m. ET — UFC Primetime re-air on FUEL TV
- 6:00 p.m. ET — Re-air of Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar on FOX Deportes
- 7:00 p.m. ET — UFC prelims live on FOX Deportes
- 7:00 p.m. ET — Pre-fight show on FUEL TV, hosted by Glazer, along with Kenny Florian and Stephan Bonnar
- 9:00 p.m. ET — UFC on FOX broadcast, hosted by Curt Menefee, along with Dana White, Brock Lesnar and Joe Rogan. Mike Goldberg and Rogan will call the heavyweight title fight.
- 10 p.m. ET — UFC on FOX post-fight show on FUEL TV, hosted by Glazer, along with Florian and Bonnar
All in all it’s clear to see that FOX have left no stone unturned in their efforts to cover this fight from all angles. Now it’s down to the viewers to tune in and the fighters to produce a fight that’s worthy of all the attention it’s receiving.