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The itty bitty November 12th show on Fox

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…

  • iamphoenix

    Wait…so the whole entire card is two fights? No prelims on fassbook or anything i dont understand…

  • scissors61

    i’ve read that prelims will indeed be shown on facebook–it’ll be a full card, but just the main and co-main will get aired. i sort of get what they’re going for here…get a test run out of the way and provide a little teaser for folks. question is, if the ratings aren’t stellar, will the dominant narrative become “ufc fails to impress in network debut”??? it’s a risky move, i think. on the other hand, it is rather elegant to have the network debut on that day, since november 12th is the date on which the first UFC ever aired on PPV. 

  • lukustra

    exactly my thoughts. I’m really confused as to what this is about. especially if the 2 fights are a disappointment.

  • frickshun

    ^^Interesting about the date. Maybe they’re using to to both celebrate the original date & skirt some contractual issue w/running full card that’s not on Spike til the 2011 agreement expires.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I’m not worried about the first show’s length, I’m worried about them putting on 2 good/great fights.

  • Blackula Jonez

    This will be the only way they will be able to have weekly cards, the standard mma show will have to switch to a smaller format.


    The co main and main event along with a replay of any super fast finishes on the prelims. You want weekly mma on network tv, you got it.

  • repenttokyo

    is Fox REALLY going to be showing 3 hour events with a full undercard?  I can’t see it happening with current viewership.

  • Billytk

    1 hr shows would be OK IF they have 2 main event type fights and if they do weekly (or bi-weekly) shows if you’re only airing 4 shows a year at 1hr a piece why bother.

  • Reverend Clint

    maybe they will have some fights on FX?

  • Letibleu

    Think of it as an MMA infomercial.

  • Sodomize Intolerance

    I think they’re trying to display the type of dynamic programming available with a FOX partnership.  With Spike, it was a full 3-hour card or no fights period.  And we usually had Spike being Q1 fiscal pussies.  With FOX, we can grab an MMA quickie to hold us over for the next full UFC boneathon.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    This is just the first – they said it was going to be different the first time out.

  • andherewego

    They’re trying to get people to drop $50 on Velasquez-Dos Santos the following Saturday. They’re not about to give away a free full card on network TV the week before. It’s basically going to be an infomercial for the Cain fight with a couple live fights thrown in.

  • frickshun

    ^^Makes sense.

  • CAP

    I hope they can pull off a meaningful first show. You think they’d want to come strong with the first impression but most of the main guys are booked past Nov. I don’t get the point of putting on a sub par show for their first.