Yesterday, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) professed he was going to make a “major announcement” during a Friday morning conference call. Just seconds into today’s media powwow, White delivered on his promise by reporting a heavyweight title affair between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos would headline their debut on FOX.
Here are our Twitter notes from the media call:
White said the UFC really wanted to deliver on their first show on primetime TV. Many fighters, including UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva, were considered but timing was a concern.
Headliners for UFC 139 were never made official. “No event is confirmed until I confirm it,” White stated.
White: This will be the most watched MMA fight in North and South American history. I’m not sure who will broadcast the card in South America yet.
The Velasquez vs. JDS contest will be the only live fight to air on UFC on FOX.
The event will be like a regular PPV with 10-12 bouts, but they are not sure how the other fights will be shown yet.
They will air replays of the night’s prior fights if the Cain vs. JDS scrap ends early.
White claimed both fighters are more than happy with their pay, despite appearing for free on FOX instead of a pay-per-view broadcast. White danced around whether the 265-pounders were given additional money for fighting on free TV.
Tickets for UFC on FOX go on sale next Friday to the general public.
FOX plans to offer a “Super Bowl, red carpet-type tailgate party” to kick off UFC on FOX.
White: Even if you can’t get tickets to The Honda Center, Anaheim will still be the place to be on November 12th.
White claimed FOX was “The #1 network in the country” on multiple occasions.
FOX will have commercials for the fight during MLB and college football (FX) games starting tomorrow.
FOX executive David Hill said getting Cain vs. JDS is like Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman for them.
White: This is the new Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonner for us, but on a bigger platform. This fight will deliver.
Regular UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan will rock the mic for UFC on FOX.
White is betting EVERYTHING that it won’t be a boring fight between Cain and JDS.
White: Brock Lesnar is not retiring. That rumor is ridiculous. He’ll be getting back to training shortly.