UFC on Fox

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Fox UFC
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Also known as Fox UFC Saturday
UFC Fight Night
Genre Mixed martial arts telecasts
Presented by (see section)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes n/a (list of episodes)
Production
Location(s) All locations in stadiums
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 180 minutes or until game ends
Production company(s) Zuffa
Fox Sports
Broadcast
Original channel Fox (2011–present)
MundoFox (2012–present)
FX (2012–2013)
Fuel TV (2012–2013)
Fox Sports 1 (2013–present)
Fox Sports 2 (2013–present)
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
(downconverted to letterboxed 480i on SDTV feed)
Original run November 12, 2011 (2011-11-12) – present
External links
Website

Fox UFC (also referred to as Fox UFC Saturday for broadcasts on Fox or UFC Fight Night for broadcasts on other Fox-owned properties) is the branding used for telecasts of mixed martial art competitions from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that are produced by Fox Sports. The branding was previously used as a blanket title for events aired on the Fox network, although since the concurrent launch of Fox Sports 1 and rebranding of Fuel TV as Fox Sports 2 in August 2013, all live UFC broadcasts on Fox-owned networks (including preliminaries, UFC Fight Night and The Ultimate Fighter Finale) have since used the name.

History[edit]

On August 18, 2011, the Ultimate Fighting Championship reached a seven-year broadcast agreement with Fox Sports, giving it the rights to televise matches sanctioned by the promotion through 2018, ending the UFC's relationship with cable channel Spike. Through the agreement, Fox Sports would air four live events per year in either prime time or late night, as well as other UFC programming (including UFC Fight Night, Road to the Octagon and The Ultimate Fighter) on its various broadcast and cable properties, including the Fox network, FX and Fuel TV.[1] The deal was significant as it marked the first time that the Ultimate Fighting Championship would televise its events on broadcast television (previously, the promotion's fight cards were exclusive to cable and satellite networks and pay-per-view).

Incidentally, MyNetworkTV (a sister network-turned-programming service of the Fox broadcast network) previously carried events from the International Fight League, then a competitor to the UFC, from September to November 2007 under a time-buy arrangement until the UFC purchased that promotion (MyNetworkTV is not included in Fox Sports' UFC agreement, likely due to its current reliance on off-network reruns instead of first-run programming). The first UFC event to air as part of the agreement was a title card between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez, which aired on Fox on November 12, 2011.[2]

Commentators[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Former on-air staff[edit]

Broadcast history[edit]

All matches listed are for those broadcast on the Fox network.

Match Date Venue
Velasquez vs. dos Santos November 12, 2011 Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Evans vs. Davis January 28, 2012 United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Shogun vs. Vera August 4, 2012 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Henderson vs. Diaz December 8, 2012 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Johnson vs. Dodson January 26, 2013 United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
Henderson vs. Thomson January 25, 2014 United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014 SAP Center, San Jose, California
dos Santos vs. Miocic December 13, 2014 US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Gustafsson vs. Johnson January 24, 2015 Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Machida vs. Rockhold April 18, 2015 Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 July 25, 2015 United Center, Chicago, Illinois

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Whitman (August 18, 2011). "UFC, Fox Announce 7-Year Broadcast Deal". Sherdog.com. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ "It's Official: UFC and Fox Are Now in Business Together". MMA Weekly. August 18, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ Richard Deitsch (October 14, 2014). "Fox Sports pulls foul-mouthed announcer from NFL gig". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Brian Stann Hired as Analyst for Future UFC on FOX Events". Cage Potato. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "New commentator Jon Anik says broadcast partner will be a UFC fighter". MMAjunkie. November 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ Damon Martin (November 10, 2011). "Fox Commentators Welcome UFC with Open Arms". MMA Weekly. Retrieved January 25, 2015.