Earlier this week Dana White raised more than a few eyebrows when he stated that the UFC were planning to host two events on the same day, one in Japan and one in Las Vegas, on February 26th of 2012.
Following Saturday night’s UFC On Versus 6 show the UFC president revealed further details about their plans to MMAJunkie.
Despite previous reports it turns out that the two shows won’t air at exactly the same time, and instead the Las Vegas show will follow on from the Japanese one, giving fans a double-feature.
“It’ll be live in Japan and live in the United States. The fight in Japan would go live on free TV before the (Las Vegas) pay-per-view.”
As far as the fight cards for each event, White also insisted that both events will be “stacked”.
It’s good to hear that fans will have access to watch both, but some questions still remain. For instance, will the preliminary bouts from each event be available to watch live? Who will provide things like the commentary and announcing for the Japanese show? (Assuming the usual Goldberg – Rogan partnership along with Bruce Buffer are assigned to the Vegas event), and which channel will air the free show (FX seems the most likely option, but White wasn’t able to confirm this yet).
It’ll also be interesting to see how Japanese fans take to this announcement. This will mark the UFC’s first visit to Japan in over a decade and unlike a similar jaunt to Brazil earlier this year which the UFC threw their full weight behind, it seems that they aren’t focusing quite as hard on their visit to Asia.
The fact that it’s going to be free-to-air suggests it’s going to be more on a par with what we see from the UFC’s UK events with less big name talent and more emphasis on regional talent.
Nevertheless, the fact that this will be the first double-bill in UFC history ensures that there will be plenty of buzz leading up to the February 26th shows.