Fox has a heavy date

Cain Velasquez will take on Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight championship on Fox in...

Cain Velasquez will take on Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight championship on Fox in November. (File photo)

Jose Rodriguez, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

UFC president Dana White pulled no punches when it came to announcing the fight club's first scrap on Fox TV.

 

"On Nov. 12, the most prestigious championship of all sport will take place on Fox," said White.

"Cain Velasquez will take on Junior dos Santos for the heavyweight championship of the world."

White said the free TV event -- to air on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada -- will be a one-hour, five-round fight with plenty of buildup.

"There are going to be millions of people tuning in that have never seen the UFC before," said White.

"We're going to have to be spending some time introducing people to the sport and laying out some of the rules and things like that."

White anticipates the event will have the largest viewership of any UFC fight in North and South America.

White said the decision to air the Velasquez-dos Santos fight free was made only days ago after many machinations of what the first event on Fox should be.

"We were looking at so many fights. But we wanted to deliver to our fans and kick it off in a real serious way," said White.

"We were kicking so many things around. Do you go with Anderson Silva the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world? There were all sorts of fights we were looking at. But the obvious answer was staring us in the face. The heavyweight championship of the world."

Velasquez -- undefeated at 9-0 with eight knockouts -- will face the No. 1 contender Junior dos Santos, who is 13-1.

White says the fight, at Anaheim's Honda Center, will be a full card, though details of who will fight in the undercard and how the rest of those scraps will be broadcast are still being worked out.

"The fans at the Honda Center won't notice the difference. It'll be like any pay-per-view," says White.

"And we'll find a way to broadcast those other fight to the fans."

UFC on Fox comes a week before UFC 139 in San Jose -- which was long rumoured to be the Velasquez title defence.

White says he's excited at the potential affect of a free fight on Fox one week before the Brian Bowles-Urijah Faber battle at UFC 139.

"Having a free fight on Fox leading to a pay-per-view the next week sure doesn't suck," says White.

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