When Dana White announced earlier this week that the Junior Dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez championship fight would be the only fight shown on FOX next weekend, a lot of us were left scratching our heads. After all, it seemed like the UFC had set things up so that they had the perfect prelim to slot in if the fight ended quickly: a lightweight title shot eliminator between Benson Henderson and Clay Guida.
Clay Guida’s manager has a theory as to why he and Ben Henderson aren’t the backup:
“He has a pretty firm understanding that it’s FOX’s call, that FOX doesn’t think he has what it takes to draw viewers,” John Fosco, Guida’s manager, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “That motivates the hell out of him, and he just feels that it’s more reason to go out there and put it on Ben.”
I guess they didn’t like the idea of starting the relationship by showing some dude dry humping another dude. It’s still pretty stupid though. There is a chance Henderson can escape Clay’s dry hump of doom and turn the fight into an exciting scrap. They’d already know if the fight was awesome or not by the time a decision had to be made on showing it. If this is true, it’s not exactly the most heartening early decision made by FOX.
It’s not all bad though. FOX has been awesome at promoting the November 12th event, and even though deals don’t go into effect until 2012 they’re already going to plaster UFC programming across their network channels. Check out the schedule surrounding the event:
Friday, Nov. 11:
7:00 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT — Weigh-ins live on FUEL TV
7:00 P.M. ET — Cain Velasquez: Brown Pride, episode 3 on FOX Deportes
Saturday, Nov. 12:
3:00 p.m. ET — Cain Velasquez: Brown Pride, episodes 1-3 on FOX Deportes
4:45 p.m. ET — UFC on FOX prelims live on Facebook and FOXSports.com
5:30 p.m. ET — Weigh-ins re-air on FUEL TV
6:00 p.m. ET — UFC Primetime re-air on FUEL TV
6:00 p.m. ET — Re-air of Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar on FOX Deportes
7:00 p.m. ET — UFC prelims live on FOX Deportes
7:00 p.m. ET — Pre-fight show on FUEL TV, hosted by Glazer, along with Kenny Florian and Stephan Bonnar
9:00 p.m. ET — UFC on FOX broadcast, hosted by Curt Menefee, along with Dana White, Brock Lesnar and Joe Rogan. Mike Goldberg and Rogan will call the heavyweight title fight.
10 p.m. ET — UFC on FOX post-fight show on FUEL TV, hosted by Glazer, along with Florian and Bonnar
Oh boy. UFC on FOX 1 will be ‘hosted by Curt Menefee.’ I can’t wait for that.