History will be made this week when the Ultimate Fighting Championship debuts on the Fox Network Saturday, November 12th. The UFC will give fans across the country and around the world the opportunity to watch two of the organizations best athletes battle it out for the Heavyweight title. Current champion Cain Velasquez will defend his belt against Brazilian born Junior Dos Santos.
The reigning champion, Cain Velasquez has a perfect record as a mixed martial artist. He has racked up 9 victories since his debut in 2006. All but one of those wins have come via KO or TKO. That is a pretty impressive statistic when you consider Velasquez’s background is wrestling; he was a two time All American at Arizona State. His last win was against Brock Lesnar at UFC 121, which occurred over a year ago. Since then, Velasquez has undergone shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. This will be his first time back in the octagon since the injury.
The challenger, Junior Dos Santos is known for his boxing but is very dangerous should the fight go to the canvas. Dos Santos has thirteen wins and just one blemish on his record since turning pro over five years ago. Dos Santos was a coach for season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter. He coached opposite fellow UFC Heavyweight – Brock Lesnar. The two were scheduled to fight in June for the number one contender position, but Lesnar had to pull out due to falling ill with diverticulitis. Dos Santos instead faced Shane Carwin, and his victory ensured him the title shot against Velasquez.
Saturday night’s fight will be the only fight televised on Fox – whether it runs 25 seconds or 25 minutes. With the power of both Velasquez and Dos Santos, this fight likely won’t see the final bell.Tags: Dos Santos, Fox Television, UFC, Velasquez