Velasquez, Dos Santos Bout Tops UFC On FOX
By: Matty Simo
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The UFC will make history this Saturday when the first nationally televised broadcast on FOX takes place from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Even bigger though is the fact that the first bout scheduled for the main event on the network will decide the heavyweight championship of the world between current champ Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior Dos Santos.
Velasquez (9-0) is a 150 favorite despite not entering the octagon in more than a year since knocking out Brock Lesnar in the first round at UFC 121 on October 2010. Lesnar became his eighth knockout victim in nine fights, as Cheick Kongo is the only fighter to last more than two rounds against him and not get knocked out.
Meanwhile, patience has paid off for Dos Santos (13-1) who will finally get his shot at the title after he was set to face Velasquez following a unanimous decision win over Roy Nelson at UFC 117. Velasquez had to postpone the fight due to a shoulder injury, and Dos Santos was then supposed to get a matchup with Lesnar following Season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter in June, but Lesnar was forced to pull out due to illness with diverticulitis.
Dos Santos may be a +120 underdog, but he has more MMA experience overall even though he is two years younger than Velasquez. The only loss of his career came via armbar submission against Joaquim Ferreira in 2007. Dos Santos had beaten Ferreira less than seven months earlier via submission due to exhaustion.
He is unbeaten in seven UFC fights and earned a unanimous decision victory against Shane Carwin in his last bout at UFC 131 in June.
While the main event will be the only fight shown live on FOX at 9:00 p.m. (ET), nine other bouts will be part of the preliminary card beforehand, which will streamed live on Facebook and FoxSports.com. The top matchup on the preliminary card features two lightweight contenders in Clay Guida (29-8) and Ben Henderson (14-2).
Guida has won his last four fights, three of which ended by submission, and he hopes to earn a title shot against champion Frankie Edgar with a win over Henderson. Some MMA experts believe the winner of this bout will face Edgar next, and each fighter has taken care of business recently.
Henderson has won two straight bouts in the UFC since losing the WEC lightweight title to Anthony Pettis on December 16, 2010. Guida beat Pettis in his last fight as a 200 underdog and will likely face similar odds in this one.
For MMA fans who simply can’t get enough action on Saturday, they can tune in to MTV2 at 7:00 p.m. for Bellator 57. Two of the four bouts on the main card from Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario are tournament championships for Season Five of the Bellator Fighting Championships.
In the welterweight tournament final, Ben Saunders (12-3-2) will face Douglas Lima (20-4) while Vitor Vianna (13-1-1) will take on Alexander Schlemenko (42-7) for the middleweight tournament championship.