FOX fight a big deal

UFC fighters Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos go toe-to-toe in Saturday's UFC TV debut on FOX....

UFC fighters Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos go toe-to-toe in Saturday's UFC TV debut on FOX. (AFP FILE PHOTO)

Jose Rodriguez, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 PM ET

One complaint and one complaint only. Why wouldn’t the UFC put two fights on the FOX broadcast?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the bulk of the focus for the UFC’s first foray into free TV for the masses should focus on the most important belt in the world — the heavyweight championship.

But even if the fight between champ Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos goes the distance — which no smart bettor thinks it will — there are still 35 minutes left in that hour.

Not to mention a sure-fire spastic undercard scrap between lightweights Clay Guida and Ben Henderson.

No doubt there are plenty of business/publicity reasons for the decision to throw that fight with the rest of the card on Facebook and FOX.com.

But if the idea is to give the great unbaptized a glimpse into the world of mixed martial arts, two is better than one.

Not taking anything away from the show, which I’m sure will be a slick production.

UFC president Dana White — whose fight club celebrates its 18th birthday on the same day it debuts on FOX — says the event will be the most important in the UFC’s existence.

“This is without a doubt the biggest fight in UFC history,” says White.

“This thing started as a small fringe sport and has grown to what it is today. This Saturday night as we step out onto FOX, millions of people will see UFC who’ve never watched before.

“As we take this step forward into what we call ‘mainstream,’ we were much more fortunate in that we were able to handpick a fight that we wanted to put on FOX.

“If I had to do it all over again, this is still the fight I’d pick to put on network television.”

The two heavyweights say their slugger styles will make for an exciting fight — though not likely a 25-minute battle.

“I’m ready to go five rounds, but I think this fight finishes before,” says dos Santos, who’s 13-1 and undefeated in seven UFC tries.

He knows that fighting in Anaheim, Calif., he will be the outsider.

“I think a lot of people are going to be rooting for him on Saturday night, but I know I’ll have a lot of people rooting for me around the world,” says dos Santos.

“I’ll use that energy on Saturday night. I will give my best to make this belt a Brazilian belt.”

California’s Velasquez guarantees new fans will be made that night.

“From both of us, we have exciting fighting styles,” says Velasquez, who is a perfect 9-0 with eight of those wins coming via (T)KO.

“We don’t go out there and put on boring fights. That’s what people who haven’t seen this before are going to see on Saturday.”

Now if they could only get a double dose of that by adding the Guida/Henderson scrap.

UFC on FOX airs Saturday.

Check local listings for times.

 


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