When the UFC makes its Fox debut on November 12 it will feature just a one-hour, two-fight broadcast, offering fans a teaser of what to expect when the UFC begins hosting four annual events on Fox beginning in January.
A full preliminary card will still be included for fans attending the event in Anaheim, California, but UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told the Las Vegas Sun that the event was planned to end before top-ranked boxer Manny Paquiao’s matchup with Juan Manuel Marquez later that night:
“We’ll be out of there before Pacquiao even walks to the ring,” Fertitta said. “This is going to be a perfect night for any fight fan. Get together with your friends, watch two big fights in the UFC and then change the channel to ride into the Pacquiao pay-per-view.
“It’s going to be a little different with the first one. It’s going to literally be back-to-back action. We aren’t going to mess around with a lot of pre-fight commentary, post-fight commentary. We are going to roll right in, set up the fights and let the action go. For the people coming live in Anaheim, it will be just like a full pay-per-view. It’s a full fight card and if the first (televised fight) goes real quick, we’ll fill in like we always do.”
A featherweight matchup between Dustin Poirier and Pablo Garza was the first fight to be added to the card on Thursday.
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