There’s already begun rampant speculation over how successful the UFC’s debut on Fox was and what fallout there was, if any, from the main event lasting only sixty-four seconds. While UFC president Dana White said that he and his partners were happy with how things turned out, he was certainly agitated at the post-fight press conference. Whatever the source of his agitation, he took it out on anyone who would complain about the UFC airing only one of the night’s ten fights during their Fox broadcast.
“Just so everybody understands, we’re not in a deal with Fox yet. Our deal doesn’t start until January. This fight here, these guys just wanted to kick this thing off as like a ‘Welcome the UFC to Fox’ fight. This fight wasn’t part of the deal. The deal is for seven years, so many fights on Fox, this time, that time – this was never part of the deal. After we signed the deal, Fox said, ‘Why don’t we do this: why don’t we do a fight right away? Let’s put a great fight on TV, kick it off and let everybody know about the partnership.’ That’s what this thing was,” White explained. “For anybody to bitch about this fight and they didn’t get to see that fight – shut up. You should’ve bought tickets then if you wanted to see all the fights and you don’t like to watch it on Facebook. Seriously, shut up. I don’t even want to hear it.”
White assured that this first event went exceedingly smooth and that plans to get the next UFC on Fox event going are already materializing.
“We wanted to do this one, we wanted to put our first fight on Fox, see how this thing went. It went seamless, it went smooth, it was great,” he said. “This whole thing’s a work in progress and now we’ll go from here.”
UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos went down from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. For results and a full recap of the event, click here.