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UFC Returns to FOX on January 28th

Written by Tom Ngo
November 18th, 2011
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Less than a week after blowing the roof off their primetime television debut, the UFC has already set a date for their return to FOX. UFC president Dana White confirmed with MMAFighting that the Octagon will be back on the network on January 28th.

Although White didn’t announce a venue for the show, the trusty rumor mill suggests the 21,000-seat United Center in Chicago, Illinois will play host. White did, however, shed some light on what the card has in store.

Unlike their single-bout hour-long broadcast this past Saturday, the UFC’s follow up on FOX will likely feature four fights on the main card. While he wouldn’t reveal which scraps he had in mind, White isn’t expecting for a championship belt to be on the line this time around.

The UFC’s long-awaited network television premiere garnered an average audience of 5.7 million viewers. The number peaked at 8.8 million during the 64 seconds it took Junior dos Santos to knockout Cain Velasquez to capture the heavyweight crown.

The organization hasn’t held an event in the Chicago area since 2008. UFC 90 took place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois and featured a middleweight title tilt between reigning king Anderson Silva and Patrick Cote.

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