UFC President Dana White has said that Fox is already the best television partner they’ve ever had, and judging by next weekend’s events the television network is showing why.
The first ever UFC on Fox event for Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos will have as much pre-fight coverage as any event in the promotion’s history.
Things kick off on Wednesday for the UFC on Fox press conference, which will be streamed live on FoxSports.com as well as the open workouts for the fighters on Thursday. FoxSports.com will also showcase the weigh-ins on Friday as well as the undercard for the event including the lightweight showdown between Benson Henderson and Clay Guida.
The UFC on Fox weigh-ins will also air on Fuel TV starting at 7pm ET on Friday night.
Come fight night the pre-fight hype gets turned up a few notches with all kinds of coverage for the inaugural UFC on Fox event.
Fuel TV will kick things off at 5:30pm ET with a re-air of the UFC on Fox weigh-ins, followed by an encore presentation of the UFC Primetime: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos special at 6pm ET.
At 7pm ET, Fuel TV will kick off a special 2-hour UFC on Fox pre-fight show hosted by longtime MMA fan and commentator Jay Glazer as well as UFC lightweight Kenny Florian and former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ finalist Stephan Bonnar.
The show will also feature a ‘champion’s roundtable’ discussion about the bout with current light heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, Chuck Liddell, Frank Mir and Forrest Griffin.
Fuel TV’s Nicole Dabeau will also conduct interviews on the red carpet as the event draws closer.
Once the 8pm ET hour hits, UFC President Dana White will join Fox Sports’ host Curt Menefee as the UFC on Fox show kicks off along with former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and commentator Joe Rogan as they provide the lead-up to the fight taking place. Once the fight begins, Mike Goldberg will take over play-by-play duties alongside Rogan.
Fox Deportes, Fox’s Spanish language station, will also feature extensive coverage including their special series titled Cain Velasquez: Brown Pride, as well as showcase some of the UFC on Fox prelims from 7 to 9pm ET.
After the fights are over, Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian and Stephan Bonnar return to action for the Fuel TV post fight special from 10 to 11pm with post fight interviews as well as coverage of the post fight press conference.
All told, Fox, Fuel TV, FoxSports.com and Fox Deportes will have unprecedented coverage of a UFC event, and a definite sign of good things to come for the new relationship between the promotion and their television partner.