The UFC has patiently waited for years to land the perfect television broadcast deal. Now that FOX has finally arrived, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) is going all-in by stacking his chips behind heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
“The way that I look at this fight, this is like our [Forrest Griffin-Stephan Bonnar], but on a massive platform and we need to deliver,” White stated during Friday’s conference call. “There’s no doubt in my mind, and I will bet anything and everything, that these guys are going to deliver.”
The 265-pounders were expected to appear in the company’s debut in San Jose, California on November 19th. Instead, White opted to move their scrap ahead one week and down the I-5 to the Honda Center in Southern Cali to headline their premiere on FOX.
White professed the freebie fight will be the most watched MMA bout in North and South American history. The promoter firmly believes the heavyweights are the best suited for the job.
“I put on all the bells and whistles and do all the good stuff, but then those guys have to go in there and do their job when it’s time,” said White. “If you look over the past 10 years, I can count on one hand how many fights have sucked.
“You tell me the last time you saw Junior dos Santos or Cain Velasquez in a boring fight. I’m literally betting everything that it’s not going to happen.”
Velasquez owns a perfect 9-0 record, finishing off all but one of his victims before the final horns have sounded. Dos Santos holds a dominant 13-1 mark, with just two of his bouts going to the judges’ scorecards. Without a doubt, this contest has ‘Blockbuster Shootout’ written all over it.
“If you’re going to go out on your first fight on the biggest network in the country, you go in with your best foot forward,” White expressed. “We’re going with a heavyweight fight that’s going to be a barnburner. These guys are going to go at it and be exciting.
“It’s more than just a heavyweight title. It’s two heavyweights that I know are going to perform and put on a great fight.”
UFC on FOX takes place November 12th in Anaheim, California. The championship affair will be the only fight to appear live during the hour-long broadcast, which begins at 9PM ET/6PM PT.