Details are forthcoming, and it doesn’t appear that the news has made its way into any linkable form, but via Richard Deitsch’s Twitter account covering the announcement:
Fox is hyping this network as a full-on challenge to ESPN, complete with a nightly highlight show meant to counter Sportscenter. Lofty goals, to be sure. But with that arrangement of immensely popular sports buttressed by actual playoff games, I’d say this is slightly better than Fuel (or Spike, for that matter) as far as MMA real estate goes.
Fox Sports One will air 12 UFC “Fight Nights” on Wednesdays from Aug 17 through end of year. Bouts will air from 8PM-11PM.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) March 5, 2013
So that’s 12 over the final 19 weeks of the year, which is better than one every two weeks for those math-challenged Jackals (read: Jackals that aren’t glassjawsh) out there. And they’re full cards! Are they all going to be in the same place? How good will the fights be? Will there be prelims on Facebook so the arena isn’t completely fucking empty? There’s nothing like news on a slow news day just punching you in the gut like this with goodness, is there?