When the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced their groundbreaking deal with FOX on Thursday, many were surprised they would christen their new arrangement with a last-minute show on November 12th. However, did you know on that same day in 1993 the UFC hosted their first event?
That may simply be a coincidence. Although, presenting a fight card on 11/12/2011 when Manny Pacquiao takes center stage was not necessarily determined by fate. UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta (Pictured) said they took into account boxing’s biggest superstar’s schedule and plan to be long gone before Pac-Man does this thing.
“We’ll be out of there before Pacquiao even walks to the ring,” Fertitta told the LasVegasSun. “This is going to be a perfect night for any fight fan. Get together with your friends, watch two big fights in the UFC and then change the channel to ride into the Pacquiao pay-per-view.”
Wait a minute, only TWO fights on FOX? According to Fertitta, the Octagon’s debut on primetime television will only run for an hour starting at 9PM ET/6PM PT. This freebie fight card, which is expected to take place inside The Honda Center in Anaheim, California, is simply a taste of what fanboys can expect from their partnership with FOX starting in 2012.
“It’s going to be a little different with the first one,” Fertitta stated. “It’s going to literally be back-to-back action. We aren’t going to mess around with a lot of pre-fight commentary, post-fight commentary. We are going to roll right in, set up the fights and let the action go.
“For the people coming live in Anaheim, it will be just like a full pay-per-view. It’s a full fight card and if the first (televised fight) goes real quick, we’ll fill in like we always do.”
Fertitta said they intend to use their first UFC on FOX card to promote the following weekend’s UFC 139 PPV broadcast, where heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez will defend his throne against Junior dos Santos.
The UFC’s head honcho claims all of their FOX shows will feature significant scraps, with the possibility of title fights airing on free TV. Since all seven champions have already been issued their next assignments, their November 12th premiere on FOX will showcase bouts of the “big and relevant” nature.
Speaking of which, a main event has yet to be announced for their first event on FOX. However, the rumor mill has suggested Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir III could possibly headline.
What better way to break in their new partnership than by presenting their biggest PPV draw for free, while possibly producing a top contender for the following weekend’s Velasquez vs. dos Santos title bout? #JustSayin