MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani managed to snag an interview with UFC president Dana White after yesterday's press conference, and Dana was very clear on one thing - UFC on Fox is huge for the UFC. He talks about not being this nervous for a long time, and covers the significance of this compared to Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar from the Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale. He had a telling quote about the melding of UFC production and Fox Sports production, which has been something that held back previous TV deals for Zuffa:
"It's not that we have to play with the other side. We are, you know, we're on their network. We're partners.in this deal, and it's a Fox Sports presentation. You know, it's being presented by Fox Sports. So it's gonna have the Fox Sports feel to it, but when it comes to the fights, the elements that matter to me, and the way that the fights are broadcast and the way the fights are shot, that's what we do."
He also mentions that instead of a Q&A before the UFC on Fox weigh-ins, there will be a full-fledged press conference featuring Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem, since tickets for UFC 141 went on sale this week. He also vaguely confirms that Velasquez suffered a very minor injury in camp, but it was nothing that would threaten the fight at all. He had one more interesting quote regarding pay-per-views vs. free shows:
"Pay-per-view is definitely our business model, but I think that when you ask fans to buy 12-14 fights a year, you gotta give 'em back a lot of free fights and that's what we do. I mean, we do 12-14 pay-per-views a year, but next year we're doing 34 fights. So the rest are all free, you know?"
He also discusses Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida and the death of Joe Frazier. Check it out below.