Details have begun to emerge for the UFC’s first shows of 2012 on the Fox and FX networks respectively.
UFC president Dana White has kept his cards close to the vest thus far, but did leak out a few details after UFC 139 in San Jose, Calif., ended on Saturday night.
First for the UFC on FX show that’s rumored to go down on Jan. 20, while a few fights have been confirmed for the card, initial reports had the event happening in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena.
Now, according to White, the UFC will indeed go to Nashville, but he says it’s not for the initial UFC on FX event as originally thought.
“No, Nashville isn’t the FX show, but we are going to Nashville,” White said. “I think so (in January).”
Could this be another UFC pay-per-view in January? Currently the promotion already has three events scheduled for January including UFC 142 in Brazil, the UFC on FX event on Jan. 20, and the UFC on Fox 2 show on Jan. 28.
It seems unlikely that they would try to squeeze another pay-per-view in that month, but anything is possible with this new, very busy UFC schedule. White has often commented that there will be in the neighborhood of 34 UFC events in 2012.
A far as UFC on Fox 2 goes, the event will go down on Jan. 28 at the United Center in Chicago. White has hinted that there is at least a main event on tap, but wouldn’t release details about who is involved until next week at the earliest. He just promised a big match-up.
“I don’t think you’re going to see a title fight, but I don’t think you’re going to be disappointed with what you’re going to see. We’re giving you some good fights,” White stated.
Early bets have either former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans as a headliner, or possibly middleweight contender and self-proclaimed champion Chael Sonnen as potential main event material.
“It’s possible,” White answered when quizzed if Sonnen could end up on the Fox 2 card.
As MMAWeekly.com reported late Saturday night, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is expected to be out of action until June, so Sonnen could be the perfect candidate to fill the slot on the UFC on Fox 2 show.
One potential opponent could be fellow top ten middleweight Mark Munoz, who is coming off a win over Chris Leben in early November. He has also been gunning for a shot at Anderson Silva’s title.
The format for the second UFC on Fox show will also change dramatically from the initial offering. More time will be opened up for the Fox broadcast, as well as several more fights than the debut event, which showcased only the UFC heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
“Two hours, four fights,” White revealed.
Now it’s just a matter of who will fill the time for those four fights. MMAWeekly.com will have more details on the debut UFC on Fox 2 event when they become available.