The UFC® returns to Seattle for an epic night of free fights, headlined by a lightweight title bout between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. Plus a light heavyweight showdown between Shogun Rua and Alexander Gustafsson and BJ Penn returns to the Octagon to face rising star Rory MacDonald
By Ariel Helwani – Video Reporter and Writer
The UFC is bringing out the big guns on FOX once again. Benson Henderson vs. Nathan Diaz for the lightweight title, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs Alexander Gustafsson and B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald have all been added to UFC on FOX 5, which will take place on Dec. 8 at a yet to be announced venue. UFC president Dana White confirmed the news with USA Today on Wednesday.
This marks the first time a UFC title will be defended on network television since Cain Velasquez fought Junior dos Santos at UFC on FOX 1 in November.
Henderson (17-2) successfully defended the title on Saturday night when he defeated Frankie Edgar via split decision, while Diaz (16-7) most recently defeated Jim Miller via guillotine choke at UFC on FOX 3 in May.
Rua (21-6) picked up a much-needed TKO win over Brandon Vera two weeks ago at UFC on FOX 4, while Gustafsson (14-1), considered one of the rising stars in the 205-pound weight class, is coming off a win over Thiago Silva in April.
And then you have Penn vs. MacDonald, which was supposed to take place at UFC 152 in September until a cut suffered in training forced MacDonald to pull out of the fight. Penn (16-8-2) hasn’t fought since October, when he lost to Nick Diaz via unanimous decision. Following the fight, Penn announced his retirement from the sport, but he returned earlier this year when MacDonald called him out on The MMA Hour. MacDonald (13-1) most recently defeated Che Mills via TKO at UFC 145.
The promotion is expected to announce a fourth main card fight in the following weeks.
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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will take on a different role this Sunday night, as he’ll serve as an honorary race official for the 54th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The race airs on FOX at 1PM ET this Sunday from the Daytona International Speedway. As an honorary race official, Jones will be introduced to the drivers before the race, be a part of the pre-race ceremonies, and he’ll ride in one of the cards ahead of the field prior to the start of the race.
“Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is the biggest name in mixed martial arts,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We are excited to welcome him to the ‘World Center of Racing’ and have him be a part of the pre-race ceremonies for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race.”
“I am thrilled to be able to serve as Honorary Race Official at this year’s Daytona 500, NASCAR’s premier event,” Jones said. “Like the UFC, NASCAR has a passionate and knowledgeable fan base, and I am honored that I will get to share this experience with them.”
Jones will defend his title for the third time this April, when he takes on former teammate-turned-rival Rashad Evans at UFC 146 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Penick’s Analysis: Jones’ mainstream exposure continues to grow, and the UFC’s partnership with Fox opens up these types of crossover appearances. If Jones continues to defend his title, he’ll continue to raise his profile, and the UFC is positioning him to potentially be a breakout star. He hasn’t quite gotten to that level just yet, but he’s certainly on his way. Dominating wins over more top opponents this year and next could get him there, and we’ll likely see more of these types of appearances from him throughout.
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
When UFC President Dana White calls and asks if you’ll take a fight on less than two weeks notice against top middleweight Chael Sonnen you might question if it’s a good move. Not Michael Bisping, who explained why he jumped at the chance to earn a shot at Anderson Silva:
“Dana hadn’t even finished saying Munoz was out before I was planning how to beat Sonnen in my head. I’ve accepted fights on short notice for the UFC throughout my career, but this one is a massive, massive chance for me, and I am very grateful to Dana, (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and the UFC. I was already hugely grateful to be asked to fight on FOX, but to fight Chael on FOX … well, there are hundreds of fighters who would kill for this opportunity, and I would have had to be a fool to turn it down. … Next week, I’m ready to go all guns blazing. A fight is a fight, and at this level anything can happen, but all things being equal, Chael Sonnen cannot knock me out. He can’t submit me, either. The worst that is going to happen is that he will outpoint me and, if I don’t beat him, I didn’t deserve a title shot against Anderson Silva anyway.”
La Cobertura de Fox Deportes marcó un nuevo record de audiencia para la cadena
LOS ANGELES._ FOX Deportes, el líder de programación deportiva en Estados Unidos, arrancó sus transmisiones exclusivas en español de The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) con la más anticipada pelea por el título CHOQUE DE TITANES (Clash of the Titans) entre el entonces campeón Caín Velásquez vs. Junior Dos Santos el 12 de Noviembre, misma que marcó un hito en las transmisiones deportivas para el mercado hispano.
- La pelea Velasquez-dos Santos sumó 3.9 de rating, llegando a 487,000 televidentes de los cuales 352,000 fueron adultos de entre 18 y 49 años, el rating más alto para cualquier pelea en un sistema de cable en español.
- El resto de la cartelera se ubicó como el segundo evento más visto en FOX Deportes con 3.4 puntos de rating, alcanzando a 365 mil televidentes de los cuales 237 mil son adultos entre 18 y 49 años.
· La cartelera del sábado se ubicó como el programa más visto en la cadena, desde el juego Manchester United vs. Chelsea del último 18 de septiembre.
“Queda claro que los ratings registrados en nuestra primera pelea es un gran precedente de popularidad para este deporte y también respalda la decisión de Fox de concretar un arreglo a largo plazo con UFC”, dijo al respecto Vincent Cordero, Gerente General de FOX Deportes.
“Luego de agregar acertadamente UFC a nuestra alineación titular de programación estaremos entregando constante entretenimiento a todos los latinos amantes de las Artes Marciales Mixtas”, agregó Cordero.
A principios de 2011, FOX Deportes adquirió en exclusiva los derechos en español para transmitir eventos de UFC, el líder mundial en la organización de eventos de Artes Marciales Mixtas y el proveedor número uno de PPV en el mundo.
La compañía ha calendarizado 24 eventos de UFC para el próximo año, incluyendo el evento premier del 12 de Noviembre. La cobertura de FOX Deportes incluye peleas en vivo, shows previos y posteriores, UFC Countdown, Carteleras clásicas de UFC PPV, UFC Unleashed, Las Series de The Ultimate Fighter, los pesajes y más contenido de ZUFFA, LLC, los dueños de la marca UFC.
El sitio web www.FOXDeportes.com también presentará los momentos destacados de UFC.
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Source: USA Today
New numbers have been released concerning Saturday night’s UFC on Fox 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos ratings and the results are even better than originally reported, according to a report by USA Today. The hour-long broadcast drew 5.7 million viewers, eclipsing the previous record set in 2008 for a CBS EliteXC card that included Kimbo Slice.
The main event saw Junior dos Santos defeat Cain Velasquez and claim the UFC heavyweight title. It was the lone fight in the one-hour show, which included commentary from UFC President Dana White and former UFC champion Brock Lesnar.
Opposed by a college football showdown between Oregon and Stanford, UFC on FOX pulled down a 4.3 household rating in the key 18-to-34 male age group.
Peak viewer ratings won’t be available until later in the week. Slice’s fight did 7 million viewers at its peak, but did not face competition from any other major sporting events.