In a historic move for the sport of mixed martial arts, this Saturday night, the UFC Heavyweight Championship will be broadcast on network television, free of charge, at 9 p.m. EST.
Together, Fox and the UFC will present one of the biggest fights of the year, pitting undefeated heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (9-0) against the number one contender, Junior dos Santos (22-1). The event will take place Nov. 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
When asked about the new partnership between UFC and Fox, UFC president Dana White said, “When I was growing up, I was a huge boxing fan. I used to watch ABC’s Wide World of Sports [when] the big fights were on, and then USA’s Tuesday Night Fights when I was about 19. After that, the pay-per-view model (for boxing) never put the big fights on free TV anymore. Well, we’re not only bringing big fights back to free TV, we’re bringing the heavyweight championship of the world.”
Although the fight card consists of several bouts, Fox is choosing to air just the main event. “It’s gonna be about the heavyweight championship of the world, just like Ali vs. Frazier, the big fights that happened back in the glory days of boxing,” declared White, latching on to the memory of days when fathers and sons could watch the greats go toe-to-toe from the comfort of their living rooms.
The preliminary card will stream live on Fox.com.
- Clay Guida vs. Benson Henderson
- Pablo Garza vs. Dustin Poirier
- Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Darren Uyenoyama
- Ricardo Lamas vs. Cub Swanson
- Clay Harvsion vs. DaMarques Johnson
- Robert Peralta vs. Mackens Semerzier
- Paul Bradley vs. Mike Pierce
- Matt Lucas vs. Aaron Rosa
- Alex Caceres vs. Cole Escovedo
To learn more about the fighters and their training camps leading up to Saturday’s bout, head over to foxsports.com and view a full episode of UFC Primetime.
Source: Yahoo! Sports