The UFC will make its network television debut tomorrow night, November 12, bringing MMA’s big show to the Fox channel with UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos. The fight card will feature a heavyweight title fight between champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos, as well as nine other quality preliminary card bouts.
Despite having a reservoir of exciting fights to draw from, UFC president Dana White has stated emphatically that the UFC on Fox 1 broadcast will only feature the heavyweight title fight, regardless of if it lasts ten seconds or ten minutes. There is a good chance that the fight will not go the full five rounds, as the last UFC heavyweight title fight to go the distance was Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in 2007.
On the undercard, top lightweight contenders Clay Guida and Ben Henderson will square off in a bout to determine the next challenger for champion Frankie Edgar. When the bout was announced, it seemed to be a lock that it would air on the FOX broadcast if the main event were to end early. Now, it is not the case.
On one hand, it is understandable that the UFC wants to garner the highest possible rating for tomorrow’s show, and there will be a definite drop-off in viewership after the main event ends.
On the flipside, if Guida vs. Henderson lives up to its potential, it could bring in more fans to the sport. It would also create more interest in the eventual title match with Edgar.
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