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“UFC on FOX: Cain vs. JDS” Conference Call Highlights

Wipe away the drool, sit back, relax, and get your popcorn ready, as the UFC has finally announced the main event for the promotion’s groundbreaking debut on network television!

Set for November 12 in Anaheim, UFC on FOX will involve a live, hour-long event featuring one of the biggest match-ups in recent history – Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos! In addition to the title-fight, a preliminary card will be held that will likely be streamed through Facebook.

The epic news was announced during a conference call earlier today featuring FOX executives and Dana White provides. Read below and see how things unfolded on the line in real time:

Dana White:

– Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez is the main event on November 12
– “This heavyweight match-up is gonna be a great fight!”
– Considered Anderson Silva but felt this was a “no brainer”
– Fight will be aired live in Brazil
– Will be the only fight shown on FOX, not two as originally rumored
– Dos Santos has great takedown defense while Velasquez has solid striking
– Showing genuine excitement about the fight
– “Having a free fight on FOX leading into a PPV week sure doesn’t suck.”
– “Now is the time to work. Now is the time to deliver. We’re not mainstream. FOX has given us a chance to BE mainstream. Everything is going to the next level. We’ve been given this opportunity and you bet your ass we’re gonna take it!”
– “We announced deal and FOX promoted us three hours later on the NFL. We’ve never been treated like this. We couldn’t be happier.”
– “I’m literally betting everything that this won’t be a boring fight.”
– Expects to blow EliteXC out of the the water ratings-wise
– Denies reports Brock Lesnar isn’t healthy
– Compares the fight to Stephan Bonnar vs. Forrest Griffin on a major scale
– Says they love the passion the FOX guys have shown for sports in general, that they’re guys they genuinely want to hang with

FOX Executives:

– Prelims or a “Best of the Night” show will be shown depending on how much time is left after the title-fight
– Jokes the UFC will serve as a lead-in for “X Factor”
– Equate the fight to the network getting Ali vs. Foreman
– Aren’t looking to use a lot of animations or “teaching” segments / Education will come through commentary and observation
– Don’t like to predict ratings but they’re pretty confident they’ll beat CBS’ draw from Kimbo Slice’s stint in EliteXC