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UFC on Fox Primetime Cain Valesquez and Junior Dos Santos: Fan’s Take
"For the first time in a decade, we welcome a new sport to the Fox sports family." That's how the commentator started off the new UFC on Fox Primetime fight preview show on Sunday, October 30, 2011.
Dana White, UFC President, tweeted a reminder to fans that the show was about to start: "Get ready for UFC Primetime on FOX!!! It's 3pm ET or 4pm ET depending where you are so check your local listings!"
As expected, the fans were introduced to the fighters, Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. As a fan of UFC and everything MMA, I felt proud watching the show knowing that people unfamiliar with my favorite sport will soon have the opportunity to fall in love with it too.
Cain Velasquez, the gentle giant, is shown hanging out with his family. He's even shown cleaning the gym - mopping the mats to honor an agreement he made with his coach, Javier Mendez. "His head has not gotten bigger. He's not—hey, I'm Cain Velasquez. He's still the humble kid that I met the very first day."
Cain said, "(Javier) told me, 'If you do become the champion, I still expect you to clean up.' I'll never stop doing it."
Junior dos Santo's boxing coach, Luiz Dorea, thinks that Cain Velasquez will get knocked out by Junior's heavy hands. Watching Junior hit the pads, I started to wonder if that might actually happen. "Go Cigano! Go Brazil!"
Both men are proud of their Latin heritage and of their status as role models for young people. Both men are focused and have strong family connections. Both men are determined to win. No way this fight goes five rounds.
Junior said, "When you believe in something and you're a good person, things happen. I will prove that when I win that belt."
We will see if that comes true on Saturday, November 12th. UFC on FOX—free on TV.
Other Broadcasting News
Jon Anik has accepted a dream position with the UFC. "The 33-year-old Boston native, who has served as a top ESPN host for nearly six years, will handle play-by-play duties for upcoming UFC® events to air on FX and FUEL TV. Jon will also fulfill the newly-created host position for the revamped Ultimate Fighter® on FX. In addition, he will host UFC's new magazine show, Ultimate Insider, which premieres on FUEL TV in January." source
Jon and his family are relocating to Las Vegas. Watch the tribute to his work as he says goodbye on his last ESPN "MMA Live" show with co-hosts, Kenny Florian and Franklin MacNeil.
In other fight preview programming news, "Inside MMA" with Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice is now on Monday nights instead of Friday nights on HDNet.
Both "Inside MMA" and "MMA Live" are finalists for the Best Media Source of the Year category for the 2011 World MMA Awards presented by FightersOnlyMagazine. Voting is still open.
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