UFC on Fox Main Event: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Title

September 2, 2011
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UFC champion Cain Velasquez

The UFC heavyweight title will be up for grabs as the first UFC on Fox main event with champion Cain Velasquez taking on top contender Junior Dos Santos.

UFC president Dana White made the announcement on a Friday media conference call.

“There’s no secret how excited we are about this new television deal with Fox,” White said. “Most of the people that know about the UFC and the rapid growth that we’ve had over the last 10 years, and I think one of the big reasons for that… we deliver.

“We are going with the most prestigious championship in all of sports. The heavyweight title. So on Nov. 12 at Anaheim Honda Center, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will take on No. 1 contender Junior Dos Santos on the number one network in America, Fox.”

The fight between Velasquez and Dos Santos was originally rumored to be the main event for UFC 139 in San Jose, Calif., a week later, but now it will be the first ever main event for the UFC’s debut on Fox.

Actually, the fight between Velasquez and Dos Santos will be the only fight on the first ever Fox broadcast network televised card. White stated the heavyweight championship bout will be the only bout aired on the Fox debut.

Velasquez and Dos Santos have been on a collision course for several months, but with the champion on the shelf with injury the delay has now allowed for the fight to take place on Fox.

While UFC 139 is still set to go down in San Jose on Nov. 19, White stated that a main event has not been determined, but they are working on ideas right now.

Fox executive Eric Shanks also confirmed that if the one live fight between Velasquez and Dos Santos is a short fight, they will plan on either airing other fights from earlier in the night or some sort of ‘best of’ package with highlights from show’s card.

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, Sept. 16 at the Honda Center box office and on Ticketmaster.

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  • ShockednAwed

    No problem with this match as the announcement – not sure it’ll grab as much other media attention as Brock would have, but it should be a pretty decent tilt.

    I’m confused with the ‘only one live fight’ thing… if they’re running a whole card that night, I wonder why they’re not planning to show more of the card live? Is there a ‘When Good Pets Go Bad’ special they’ve really gotta get to air that night?

  • bajafox

    I think that’s weird too, just one “live fight” and a few highlights or re-broadcasted fights from earlier in the night doesn’t seem like that big of a splash for their first show on Fox.

    No big deal to me, I’m planning to watch Cain whether it was free or I had to pay so I’m happy

  • afk

    this might not seem too epic to us fans who watch full events every week… but to the millions of other random people who will be seeing mma for the first time this is a smart move. just one epic fight that’s sure to end in dramatic fashion to draw everybody in and hopefully increase ppv sales for ufc 139 a week later.

    this might even prompt the ufc to stack 139 to make the splash even bigger.

  • That’s a solid fight for their debut on FOX.

    As far as concerns about only seeing 1 fight, I think they’ll squeeze a couple more into the broadcast. The FOX head said that Zuffa was running production for the event. I fully expect them to deliver just like they always do.

    I expect the first part of the broadcast to be an introduction of sorts. Going to be a lot of new eyes checking out MMA so they need to start off on the right foot and help people understand what they are seeing.

    • ShockednAwed

      You’re more than likely right, which probably means it’ll be a really tedious broadcast for those who already watch regularly – until the bell rings, anyway!

    • damndavies

      Your probably right. Most likely start with a history of the UFC & then into the bios of Cain & Junior.

  • clizzark

    1 fight is pretty damn lame. People who see it for the first time are going to think, “1 fight? That’s pretty damn lame.”

    • You didn’t listen to the conference call or read the article did you?

      • clizzark

        What? It says they’re only airing 1 fight. What, am I suppose to be excited that we might get to see a fight that already aired on Facebook or wherever they’re showing the rest of the fights?

  • I apologize for my language but– HOLY SHIT

    I doubted the UFC would put honestly put a good fight on free tv and wow they proved me wrong. This is about as good as it gets, even if it is just one live fight.

  • Mario

    Highly unlikely, but it would be a shame if the fight stunk. As far as first impression goes, that would be damaging!

    Hopefully it delivers big time and good vibes start a flowin’.

    I do agree with this Chael Sonnen nuthugger however on the idea of them presenting some kind of introduction to kick off the show.

    Cain v.s Junior really has all the potential to be one of, if not the greatest Heavyweight clash of all TIME.

    Thee #1 contender vs Thee undisputed champion who is a bad ass in his own right.

    Killer fight!!!!

  • jared499

    Didn’t they announce not long age that this first broadcast on Fox was only going to be an hour show. Therefore that would make more sense that there is only going to be one fight because I fully anticipate Zuffa/Fox to do a pretty lengthy intro into MMA for the first-timers and also to introduce that actual fight. I bet that the fight doen not start until at least 20 minutes into the broadcast. And if it is a short fight, they will air highlight fights like they do on PPV to cover the air time.

  • bajafox

    It’s a free title fight with the potential to be one of the best fights on the year, can’t go wrong with that. This is the one fight I’ve been waiting for ever since Cain pounded Lesnar into the mat and took his belt.

  • greaseygranny

    1 live fight sux arse. Could go down an ugly road. At least and ugly road in the means of “free” fight cards going bye-bye. I’ll have to read more on this horrid announcement to make a decision. But I’m getting an idea where this is gonna end up going.

  • elbowcrush

    Fox will make it a 2 – 3 hour event with all the commercials they include.

  • devine22

    Dana said that the fights in Rio had something to do with the FOX fights??? What does this fight have to do with it?? An i hope they have more then just one fight