Fox Schedules Major Press Conference for Thursday, GSP and Other Major UFC Fighters Head to LA

August 17, 2011
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It appears the official announcement about UFC fighters sharing space with American Idol, Family Guy, and Sons of Anarchy may be less than 24 hours away.

On Tuesday, news reports first began to surface that the UFC had struck a deal with Fox on a new multi-year agreement to move over to the network in 2012.

According to sources, the deal would include up to four UFC shows on FOX’s flagship network station per year, as well as programming like “The Ultimate Fighter” and other UFC shows moving over to FX and the FOX owned Fuel TV.

It appears now the two companies are just about ready to announce the deal.

It was released on Wednesday by John Ourand from Sports Business Daily that Fox executives were in Los Angeles for a press conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon that would be “one of the biggest announcements in FOX Sports history.”

UFC president Dana White has also flown to Los Angeles, as he confirmed via his Twitter account on Tuesday.

Now several sources have confirmed to that some of the UFC’s top fighters have been called in to appear in Los Angeles this week with names including UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, and current top light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans.

The fighters are either en route or already in Los Angeles for an appearance, although at this time details are vague, at least to them, as to what the public relations obligation will entail.

All signs are pointing towards an announcement that will confirm the UFC signing the deal with Fox that will put the MMA giant on the network for the next several years. will be in attendance for the press conference being held in Los Angeles on Thursday and will have more details when they are available.

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  • devine22

    its nuts that nobody is talking about Nog anymore!!? I hope Nog,Shogun an Okami win!! As far as the Fox tv deal its great for the company but for the fans??? Just a different channel an same 55$ to watch PPV. As far as who fights for the belt next in the lightweight picture? Ben, Clay, Melvin its a toss up i say Clay next an the winner of Ben vs Melvin after Clay!!!

  • bajafox

    Can’t really stand Faux but if it will help get the sport more exposure then I’m all for it.

    More fights is always a good thing, especially for up and comers. UFC needs more exposure for the guys that aren’t that well known, I think Fox would be a great way to get them exposed to the generic fan. Hopefully ‘Ultimate Fighter’ takes over the American Idol time slot, lol

    • Unador

      Ironic that you as bajafox can’t stand fox.
      Ok, weakly ironic.
      But i agree. not happy it’s going to the faux network. I don’t like them either.

  • Fox is a great network and this would be awesome but I would like to see them go for more than four shows a year.

  • j-k-martin

    Wow so the rumors were true,

  • gnodeb

    Now one million views is OK. What can we expect now? 10 millions? more?