Spike TV Set To Counter Program UFC on FOX 1 With Velasquez vs. Dos Santos Marathon
Don’t be fooled MMA fans…
On November 12 Spike TV is launching a UFC special titled “Velasquez vs. Dos Santos” that will air during the UFC on Fox event featuring “Velasquez vs. Dos Santos”.
This is only the latest, and probably not the last time that the rift between the UFC and their current (soon to be former) broadcast partners put their beef on full display for the world to see.
Spike TV holds the licensing for all of the past UFC events up until the end of 2012 and unless the UFC buys those rights from them the crafty guys at Spike will probably continue to attempt and garner ratings of their own through the UFC media library.
Kicking off at the same exact time as the UFC on Fox 1 event, Spike TV plans on highlighting the careers of both Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos by showcasing their past fights that lead them on the path that they are currently on.
The three hour event will kick off at 9 p.m. and run through midnight.
The real “Velasquez vs. Dos Santos” event is titled UFC on Fox 1 and it is set to take place on November 12 from the Honda Center in Anaheim California. The historic event will feature a heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos for Free on FOX TV.
The relationship between Spike and the UFC was further damaged when the UFC showed little interest in buying their library from the cable television channel. Spike TV has come to terms to start airing Bellator events, however, under their current deal with the UFC they cannot do so until 2013 or until the UFC buys back their library. More than likely the stern business men over at ZUFFA opted to keep the library rights over there for a year just to keep other MMA programming off of the network.
Spike TV’s full Nov. 12 schedule includes:
9 p.m. ET/PT
• Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
• Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin
• Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar
10 p.m. ET/PT
• Junior Dos Santos vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
• Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes France
• Thiago Silva vs. Keith Jardine
11 p.m. ET/PT
• Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira
• Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg
• Pat Barry vs Antoni Hardonk
• Mark Munoz vs Kendall Grove