logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Martial Arts Site

BellaOnline's Martial Arts Editor

g

UFC on Fox!

Guest Author - Caroline Chen-Whatley

As yet another indication that Mixed Martial Arts has become part of mainstream entertainment, tonight the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will make its prime-time debut. This is the first time anything like this has aired on a major network and most people in the industry are watching breathlessly for the results.

It's to be expected as well for a lot rides on how well this program does. Not only is this a heavyweight title match but the UFC has varied their usual format in order to appeal to the wider audience and comply with Fox.

To begin with, there will only be one fight out of the whole night that will be broadcasted on Fox. The main (and only) event to air is a heavyweight title match between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. Velasquez has a large following after his win in UFC 121. His opponent, dos Santos, will probably not lie down easily and give up his undefeated record.

While it's wonderful they have focused the show just on this one, major fight, the unpredictability of the fight could leave Fox scratching its head. For anyone who watches the fights regularly, at any moment a knockout could come and the fight be called. If the fight concludes before the full 25-minute limit, the producers will have to be ready to fill the airtime with enough material round out the hour show.

As is, the producers are going to be filled the rest of the hour with a mix of styles between the UFC model and the Fox sports model. Each have had extensive experience but very different ways of handling events. It will be curious to see what sort of standards they will be setting with tonight's show.

And standards they will set! The success (or failure) of tonight's event will probably dictate how MMA in general will be judged for several years to come. Failure and it will be that much harder for MMA to be considered a real sport. There will be others that will try but low ratings and thus low desire for other networks to attempt this make it all that much harder for MMA to enter the prime-time schedule. However, success could mean a whole new arena for MMA. Imagine a world where mixed martial artists are regarded as great athletes just like football or baseball or basketball stars.

Praise should be given to the hard work that Dana White has put to propel this sport forward. Over the last decade, he has worked hard to legitimize the sport and build its popularity and acceptance. He has faced many challenges and criticisms, on both sides of the fence. But because of his vision and direction, UFC, and MMA in general, are at the heights they are today. I see no reason to doubt this next step will be any less successful for White.

In his own words, "I think that's what makes me the happiest, to finally see these guys on the same level as all the other athletes…" [The Canadian Press].

  • Official UFC on Fox event info
  • Brief History of UFC
  • UFC on Fox: A Week Behind the Scene:
  • This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

    Add UFC+on+Fox%21 to Twitter Add UFC+on+Fox%21 to Facebook Add UFC+on+Fox%21 to MySpace Add UFC+on+Fox%21 to Del.icio.us Digg UFC+on+Fox%21 Add UFC+on+Fox%21 to Yahoo My Web Add UFC+on+Fox%21 to Google Bookmarks Add UFC+on+Fox%21 to Stumbleupon Add UFC+on+Fox%21 to Reddit




    RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


    For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Martial Arts Newsletter


    Past Issues


    print
    Printer Friendly
    bookmark
    Bookmark
    tell friend
    Tell a Friend
    forum
    Forum
    email
    Email Editor


    Content copyright © 2014 by Caroline Chen-Whatley. All rights reserved.
    This content was written by Caroline Chen-Whatley. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

    g


    g features
    What is Dit Da Jow

    Restarting Martial Arts After an Injury

    Why are black belts black?

    Archives | Site Map

    forum
    Forum
    email
    Contact

    Past Issues
    memberscenter


    vote
    Poetry
    Daily
    Weekly
    Monthly
    Less than Monthly



    BellaOnline on Facebook
    g


    | About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
    Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


    BellaOnline Editor