Dana White: JDS and Cain Velasquez is going to be a WarPosted on September 4, 2011, 06:11 AM by Anton Gurevich
Fresh off his big announcement last Friday, UFC President Dana White once again shared thoughts about the upcoming UFC Heavyweight title bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. The fight was moved from the stacked UFC 139 fight card in San Jose, California to UFC on Fox 1, which will take place one week earlier at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on November 12th. According to White, the fight between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez is going to deliver a lot of excitement to the millions of fans tuning in to FOX Sports, unlike the hypothetical Boxing bout involving one of the Klitschko brothers.
Here's the transcript of what Dana White had to say (props: Mike Fagan of BloodyElbow.com):
It's our first time ever, as far as I'm concerned, on mainstream television, on the biggest, baddest network in the United States.You have to put your best foot forward, and we have to go with the most prestigous championship in all of sports, the heavyweight championship, the heavyweight title. But more important than that, is actually, to say that, that's like saying if we were in boxing, we'd be throwing the Klitschkos in there, which would put everybody to sleep. You'd have all these millions of people tune in, and go to sleep in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the fight. These two, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, are going to go to war. It's going to be an incredible fight, and it was the absolute right fight to make for the first fight on Fox.
Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos share a combined number of 19 finishes in 23 career bouts. Velasquez finished four of his last five opponents (Nogueira, Lesnar, Rothwell, Stojnic), while dos Santos paved his way to a shot at the title with 3 out of 5 (Gonzaga, Yvel, Cro Cop).
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