Well this is certainly a splash of cold water on the faces of people who were expecting the UFC to debut on Fox with a full bore major three hour event of epic proportions:
Many fight fans were surprised to hear the UFC announce Nov. 12 as the date of its first event on FOX earlier today.
That’s because combat sports’ biggest draw, Manny Pacquiao, is scheduled to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the same night. But according to UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, the FOX card won’t directly compete with Pacquiao.
The UFC on FOX card begins at 6 p.m. and will feature two fights. It will last one hour and be completed before the start of Pacquiao’s bout.
“We’ll be out of there before Pacquiao even walks to the ring,” Fertitta said. “This is going to be a perfect night for any fight fan. Get together with your friends, watch two big fights in the UFC and then change the channel to ride into the Pacquiao pay-per-view.”
This news comes from the Las Vegas Sun so I can only hope we’re talking 6PM west coast time. Even then, an hour show seems pretty ridiculous to me. Why not at least two? Starting this momentous deal off with some sort of half-ass 60 minute event seems a little stupid. And here I was thinking I’d have a hard time finding something to snark and hate all over with this awesome new TV deal…