The upcoming fight card for the UFC on Fox debut is all on the shoulders of Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
Why you ask?
Well, regardless if the fight goes 25 minutes or 10 seconds, Velasquez vs. Dos Santos will be the only fight featured on the Fox broadcast scheduled for next Saturday night, Nov. 12, at 9 p.m. ET.
“There’s only going to be one fight. Heavyweight championship fight is the only fight that’s going to be on Fox. (Even if) it goes 10 seconds,” UFC president Dana White confirmed on Wednesday.
The lightweight bout between Clay Guida and Ben Henderson will only be featured during the online broadcast, and won’t see airtime on Fox even if the title fight is short and over quickly.
What is likely to happen is a lot of lead-up content before Velasquez and Dos Santos hit the cage during the 9 p.m. ET hour.
White also said that they will be doing a lot more in terms of preview and analysis leading up to the fight before the champion and challenger step foot in the cage.
“There’s going to be a lot of breaking down the fight, features, going backstage. This is probably the first time we’ve ever done this I think, if we did we did it a long time ago, an interview with the guys before they come out. It’s going to be a completely different format than we’ve ever done before,” White revealed.
The UFC has stated several times that they will be making some major changes in regards to production and the look of their shows, but that won’t begin until January when their deal with Fox actually kicks in.
UFC on Fox 1: Velasquez vs. dos Santos, however, will feature a different feel than their normal pay-per-view broadcasts, but the cat won’t be let out of the bag until next weekend.