Regardless of the outcome, this weekend’s UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos fight card will go down as one of the most important in the promotion’s history. By putting a heavyweight title fight between champ Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos on free network television, the UFC is hoping to finally push into the mainstream, to occupy the same tier as the NFL, MLB and NBA.
UFC president Dana White has admitted that the pressure is on to deliver this weekend and that he’s nervous for the first time in a long time heading into fight weekend as a result. However, his nerves are quelled, at least some, by the two men competing in the main event; considering Velasquez and dos Santos are two of the most exciting competitors in the sport, White believes they are the perfect fighters to represent MMA on what he sees as its biggest night yet.
“This is, without a doubt, the biggest fight in UFC history,” White proclaimed at today’s UFC on Fox presser. “This thing started a small, fringe sport and it slowly started to grow and build to where we got to a point where there’s millions and millions of fans all over the world, we’ve broken records in arenas, we’re the largest pay-per-view provider in the world, etc., etc., but this Saturday night, as we step out onto Fox, millions of people will see the UFC that have never watched it before. Like I’ve said, if you’re in this position, where it is the biggest fight in UFC history, the biggest moment for the sport of mixed martial arts, these are the two guys you want stepping in there to fight, without a doubt. I think, through UFC Primetime, you saw what kind of people they are, what kind of human beings they are, what kind of athletes they are and now the world will have the chance on Saturday to see what kind of fighters they are.”
UFC on Fox 1 goes down this Saturday, November 12, from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California; FightLine will be back beginning approximately 4:45pm ET on Saturday with live, ongoing coverage of the event.