Saturday’s UFC on Fox main event between UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos will be the “biggest fight in UFC history,” UFC President Dana White said at Wednesday’s pre-fight press conference, as the UFC makes its first impression for millions of viewers.
“This is without a doubt the biggest fight in UFC history,” White said. “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 hand pick 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.”
Velasquez and dos Santos both promised an exciting fight, while dos Santos predicted a finish of the champion
“From both of us, we have exciting fighting styles, Velasquez said. We don’t go out there and put on boring fights. We’re both going to go forward. That’s what fans are going to see, that’s what people who haven’t seen this before are going to see on Saturday.”
“It’s going to be a great fight and a war,” dos Santos said. “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. I’ll use that energy on Saturday night. I will give my best to make this belt a Brazilian belt. I’m ready to go five rounds, but I think this fight finishes before.”
Wednesday’s press conference also brought more details about UFC programming on Fox in 2012. While Saturday’s event features just Velasquez vs. dos Santos on Fox, with a full preliminary card topped by lightweight contenders Clay Guida and Ben Henderson streaming on Facebook.com/UFC, future shows on the network will run 90 minutes and feature 2 or 3 fights.
In 2012, every UFC fight will be televised, as the prelims that currently air on Facebook will move to FUEL TV, which will air 2000 hours of UFC programming during the year, and featured preliminary bouts will shift from Spike to FX.
Pictured: Velasquez and dos Santos (via @DanaWhite)