The UFC is pulling out all the stops for its premier event of the year. Tonight MMA will make its debut on network television as the UFC airs its first card on Fox.
The UFC did its part by putting its biggest (literally) fight on to show the world. Fox has now stepped up its cause, as an unprecedented amount of coverage will be centered around this event.
Eight continuous hours of MMA programming will fill Fox properties today. The coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. Arizona time as Fox Deportes wil air "Cain Velasquez: Brown Pride" (Parts 1, 2, and 3).
FUEL TV picks up the action at 5:00 p.m. with a two-hour live pre-fight special hosted by Jay Glazer along with UFC lightweight Kenny Florian. UFC light heavyweight Stephen Bonner will be reporting backstage and interviewing fighters. FUEL TV will also host a "champions roundtable" featuring current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Former UFC light heavyweight champions Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin will also be featured.
Fox Sports Radio will have five hours of live fight coverage, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a one hour pre-fight show. Fox Sports Radio will host a simulcast of the fight and then three hours of post fight coverage including a call-in show with host Larry Pepe.
FoxSports.com will air all nine preliminary bouts including the lightweight title eliminator between Ben Henderson and Clay Guida. FoxSports.com will also run a profile on UFC President Dana White (authored by Bill Reiter), a profile of the main event fighters, a study of the role of religion in fighting, and UFC fighters assisting NFL players in training.
Here is Saturday's programming schedule across the Fox Networks. The complete schedule can be found here.
Saturday, November 12th:
- 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET, Fox Deportes: Cain Velasquez: Brown Pride (Parts 1, 2, 3)
- 5:30-6:00 p.m. ET, FUEL TV: UFC Velasquez vs. Dos Santos Weigh-In Live (Replay)
- 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET, FUEL TV: UFC Primetime
- 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET, FUEL TV: UFC on Fuel TV: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos Prefight Special Live
- 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET, Fox Deportes: UFC on Fox Prelims
- 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET, Fox: UFC on Fox Live Heavyweight Championship Fight - Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
- 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET, Fox Deportes: UFC on Fox Live Heavyweight Championship Fight - Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
- 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET, FUEL TV: UFC on Fuel TV: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos Post-Fight Special Live