The “big” theme between the UFC and FOX continues to carry serious weight as the world’s leading MMA promotion — fresh off it’s “big-time” deal with the cable network giant in August — announced that its first-ever fight on FOX will be a match-up of two of the company’s biggest stars, literally — as UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez takes on Junior Dos Santos Nov. 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
“The way that I look at this fight, this is our Forrest Griffin-Stephan Bonnar, now on a huge, massive platform, and we need to deliver,” said UFC president Dana White, of the epic fight between the two light heavyweights during the finale on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV in 2005 — which helped lead to the UFC’s spectacular growth.
“There’s no doubt in my mind, and I will bet anything and everything – and am betting that – that these guys are going to deliver.”
The event marks the UFC’s debut on network television and kicks-off a seven-year agreement with Fox Sports Media Group, which officially begins in January 2012. The UFC will air four live events a year on FOX and additional programming such as its popular The Ultimate Fighter reality TV series on FX, and FUEL TV.
“Very excited to be the first @ufc [fighter] on Fox,” Velasquez said via Twitter. “I can’t wait.”
Velasquez and Dos Santos, who became the top heavyweight contender with his victory over Shane Carwin in June, were expected to meet in the main event of UFC 139 on Nov. 19 in San Jose, Calif., but that match had never been finalized.