UFC President Dana White revealed during a conference call on Friday that the the UFC’s historic debut on network television will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. The two will meet in the main event for the first ever UFC on Fox event on Nov. 12.
“We deliver,” White said in the conference call. “We wanted to deliver to our partner, Fox Sports, we wanted to deliver to the fans… The no brainer, the one right in front of our face, was the Heavyweight Title fight.”
This is a huge fight on free TV. Especially for the casual MMA fan. If they hear “title fight on free TV” they’ll be sure to flock to Fox in droves. This decision was probably helped by the fact that neither Dos Santos or Velasquez are a proven PPV draw, so putting them on Fox will not only expose them to a larger audience, it should also help build their following to improve their PPV numbers in the future.
Jon Jones responded to Quinton Jackson on Twitter about his alleged spying.
“Just so you know, I’m not a person who looks for shortcuts in life. Unlike you, MMA is not something I do because of money. It’s a way of life for me and I would never disrespect the integrity of that. I have way more faith in myself, as well as respect for the art of fighting to ever stoop that low, [that's] just bad karma. Believe me or not, I’ve said my part…Hoping you have a safe and healthy finish to your camp.” To which Jackson replied, “Yeah I keep it real, I fight [for money because] I hate training, but I love giving ass whoopins, and [I'll be] giving [one] on the 24th. [By the way] grow up!”
Jones responded the best way he could, but everything still seems a bit out of place. And where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. Maybe Jones, himself, didn’t plant a spy, but his manager could have. Or a friend or training partner. Or maybe it’s just Rampage creating some pre-fight hype. But if I were a mediator, I’d probably lean towards Jackson’s claims.
First Round Management announced that lightweight Ben Henderson and welterweight Carlos Condit have signed multi-fight contract extensions with the UFC, though terms of the new contracts were not disclosed. Both guys are fantastic fighters and both are young, at 27 years of age. Pretty much a no-brainer, as both are one or two wins away from a title shot
MMAFighting.com is reporting that Matt Brown is stepping up as an injury replacement for Pascal Krauss, and will now meet John Hathaway at UFC 138 this November. MATT BROWN! Haha! Love him or hate him, Brown is always there to step in when the UFC needs someone. To which I say: How can you not be a fan?
According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, Michael “The Count” Bisping has signed a new eight-fight contract with the UFC prior to the debut of The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 on Spike TV. Well, with Dan Hardy dropping four straight fights, Bisping is the last bastion of hope for Britain. He’s a huge draw overseas and I assume he’ll finish his career in the UFC.