UFC on Fox – Velasquez vs. dos Santos Preview
Well, tonight is going to be a pretty big night. The UFC makes its debut on American network television, airing live on the Fox network. And we start off with a massive Heavyweight Title fight between champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos. This long awaited fight was moved from pay-per-view to this event so the UFC can make a huge bang with their very first Fox event.
This will be the only fight airing live tonight on Fox is Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, though the remaining contests will be broadcast on FoxSports.com or on Facebook. This is an unusually strong batch of streaming fights given the structure of the events tonight. Clay Guida will take on Ben Henderson in what appears to be a Lightweight Title eliminator, the winner likely taking on Frankie Edgar in early 2012.
None of the other contests are particularly title relevant, though we have some fun contests tonight. Ranked featherweights Dustin Poirier and Robert Peralta take on Pablo Garza and Mackens Semerzier, respectively. Cub Swanson and Ricardo Lamas will also be squaring off at 145 pounds. Darren Uyenoyama will fight Japanese star Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto” and we’ll see Cole Escovedo, Aaron Rosa, and Mike Pierce all in action tonight. This should be a great night of fights.
UFC on Fox – Velasquez vs. dos Santos airs live on Fox at 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST with the fights on Facebook/FoxSports.com beginning at 4:50 PM EST/3:50 PM CST. SpikeTV is airing UFC Unleashed all day long, while Fox’s sister station Fuel is also broadcasting various UFC programming throughout the day. If you’re interested in my picks for this event, you can check them out over at Tapology.com. I encourage you all to sign up over there since you can rank your favorite fights and fighters, predict upcoming fights, and interact with an entire MMA community.
Heavyweight Title: (c) Cain Velasquez (9-0, No. 1 HW) vs. Junior dos Santos (13-1, No. 2 HW)
Lightweight: Clay Guida (29-11, No. 7 LW) vs. Ben Henderson (14-2, No. 10 LW)
Featherweight: Dustin Poirier (10-1, No. 17 FEW) vs. Pablo Garza (11-1)
Bantamweight: Darren Uyenoyama (6-3, No. 24 BW) vs. Norifumi Yamamoto (18-4, 1 NC)
Featherweight: Cub Swanson (15-4) vs. Ricardo Lamas (10-2)
Featherweight: Robert Peralta (15-3, No. 18 FEW) vs. Mackens Semerzier (6-3)
Middleweight: Mike Pierce (12-4) vs. Paul Bradley (18-3, 1 NC)
Light Heavyweight: Aaron Rosa (16-4) vs. Matt Lucas (14-2)
Bantamweight: Cole Escovedo (17-8) vs. Alex Caceres (5-4)
Welterweight: DaMarques Johnson (12-9) vs. Clay Harvison (9-3)