Here is what most people have missed about the genius of what Dana White, the UFC and FOX have pulled off by announcing a November 12th fight debut. That is the same day as the Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez rematch. They are taking boxing’s biggest match of the year head on. And they will win, who wouldn’t choose free fights over a $60 pay per view?
The UFC even announced the first fight for that day, a bantamweight match between Dustin Poirier and Pablo Garza. Very little name recognition there, but probably a lot of bang for your buck (and it’s free). The bantams always make for exciting fights, and it’s a good way to get over two new guys.
There is little doubt the UFC is going to put together a card with some of their biggest draws for this event, and the fact that they are taking on Pacquiao and boxing for the event is not something to be taken lightly. Pacquiao is a crossover, massive athlete and not someone to be taken lightly. But do you really think both FOX and the UFC, saavy in business, picked that date because they forgot about the boxing match? Please.
So, Dustin Poirier and Pablo Garza, take advantage of this opportunity and give us a great fight, you may make history. But that announcement is deceptive. I assure you there is more to come. This is what I would like to see….
Brock Lesnar also recently declared his health. And could this be why Alistair Overeem pulled out of the Strikeforce tourney? That would be something….
You have Rashad Evans calling out Jon Jones, but truthfully I’d rather see the cross division match of Jones versus 185 lb champion Anderson Silva.
And then there is Georges St Pierre versus Nick Diaz for the 170 lb title. Three title matches to headline the inaugural FOX event.
Say the UFC plans 12 fights, or even 10. You can still sign a few big draws like a Forrest Griffin, John Fitch or a Tito Ortiz (though I’d like to see Tito retire) for the mid card, and then fill the rest with up and coming exciting guys.
And you havent blown your load for event number 2, you still have Quintin Jackson, Frankie Edgar, Rashad Evans, Jose Aldo and more to throw. But you need something big this first time out.
One thing is for sure, Dana and the UFC just cost Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum a few hundred thousand PPV’s.