At yesterday’s press conference everyone watching was given the impression that the UFC were going to put together their first major event under the ‘UFC On FOX’ umberella on November 12th, but later in the day Lorenzo Fertitta revealed that’s not quite the case.
Speaking to The Las Vegas Sun the UFC CEO explained that in fact only two fights will air live on FOX.
“It’s going to be a little different with the first one. It’s going to literally be back-to-back action. We aren’t going to mess around with a lot of pre-fight commentary, post-fight commentary. We are going to roll right in, set up the fights and let the action go.”
It’s still a little unclear how this is going to work, but the assumption is that there will be a full undercard, and more than likely at least two other fights on the main card before the live TV broadcast begins.
While the latest development is going to come as a disappointment to some it does have benefits for the UFC. Firstly they only need to produce two big fights to impress on FOX which will come as a relief as their November schedule is already stacked, and it’s also going to ensure that the event doesn’t overlap with the other big combat sports event of the evening when Manny Pacquiao takes on Juan Manuel Marquez on PPV.
“We’ll be out of there before Pacquiao even walks to the ring,” Fertitta told The Las Vegas Sun. “This is going to be a perfect night for any fight fan. Get together with your friends, watch two big fights in the UFC and then change the channel to ride into the Pacquiao pay-per-view.”
My first thought on this hour-long event is that it’s absolutely crucial that the UFC pick the right fights in order to make a good first impression to the FOX audience.
Normally the theory with a big UFC card is that there’s safety in numbers – with five big fights on a main card you’re all-but guaranteed that at least some of them will be entertaining.
With just two being aired live however there’s a much bigger chance of one, or in the worst case scenario, both turning out to be snoozers.
Therefore it’s of paramount importance that whoever they put in those slots is a ‘gamer’ that’s proven their ability to put on exciting fights. In an article earlier today I outlined a number of available fighters who are likely to be under consideration for the event.
Out of those mentioned I’d put faith in Rich Franklin, Ben Henderson and Vitor Belfort to put on a show, but in an ideal world I believe the main event should be BJ Penn Vs Carlos Condit (requiring it to be moved over from October 29th’s UFC 137’s co-main event slot).