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Lorenzo Fertitta Confirms Dos Santos vs. Overeem May 26, Velasquez vs. Mir, Ortiz vs. Griffin III, More
Lorenzo Fertitta breaking some pretty big news items in an impromptu recent Twitter Q&A session. Here’s a quick rundown…
— Lorenzo confirmed that Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem will headline their Memorial Day Weekend card on May 26. The card is expected to take place in Las Vegas.
— Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir is in the works, but Fertitta didn’t say when it would happen.
— Tito Ortiz’s final opponent will in fact be Forrest Griffin. It’s also unclear when that fight will happen.
— In reaction to Nick Diaz’s positive marijuana test, Lorenzo said he was “disappointed because [he] really likes him,” but it’s in the NSAC’s hands now. He added that Nick “just needs to get it together,” and that he will be back once his suspension is over. Lorenzo’s “a sap for real fighters.”
— Lorenzo isn’t sure if Carlos Condit will defend his interim welterweight title before fighting Georges St. Pierre.
— Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva might be a possibility down the road.
— Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo is a “good idea” if Edgar beats Ben Henderson.
— Lorenzo agrees with Dana White that Mayhem Miller “looked terrible” against Michael Bisping.
— “Sure,” they would still consider signing Fedor Emelianenko for the right price and terms.
— Not interested in bringing Tim Sylvia back.
— They would be interested in signing Bellator’s Hector Lombard and Alexander Shlemenko.
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Dana White has been “no commenting” a lot during recent weeks. Especially when it came to the details of a potential deal arising quickly with FOX Network.
Offers have been piling up on the table.
Already negotiating a contract renewal with SpikeTV, the UFC also had new offers coming in from CBS, Comcast, and another unique opportunity to overtake the G4 network and turn the channel into a 24/7 MMA network.
Then the UFC then received an out of the park offer from FOX. A seven-year deal worth over $100 million annually. This includes four prime time, LIVE event broadcasts per year on FOX, and great time slots for the hit TV show The Ultimate Fighter. on the network channel and Fox Sports channels.
“The Fox deal accelerated at 100 mph in recent months.”
- Dana White (UFC President)
Exposure for MMA and then UFC is continuing to skyrocket, and as mixed martial arts becomes more of a mainstream sports it’s clear that the sky’s the limit.
The UFC’s debut broadcast event on FOX will be from the Honda Center in Anaheim ,CA on November 12th, 2011.