The UFC is coming to network TV thanks to a landmark deal spanning seven years and valued at $100 million. The debut show is set for Nov. 12, 2011, in Anaheim, California at 9 p.m. ET.
But the promotion is hitting the FOX airwaves even sooner than that.
That's because the network today announced that it will premiere a one-hour special entitled "UFC Primetime" on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, that will provide a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes goings on of the fighters appearing on the Nov. 12 debut event.
From the official press release (via TVbythenumbers):
On Sunday, Oct. 30, in anticipation of the UFC's landmark live primetime FOX debut in November, FOX Sports offers UFC PRIMETIME, an intense, one-hour, behind-the-scenes look at the fighters' preparation leading up to the Nov. 12 main event. FOX Sports recently announced a multi-year, multi-platform rights agreement that features programming on several FOX networks including FX and FUEL TV. Featured programming includes live fights, pre and post shows, countdown shows, and a variety of UFC-produced original programs.
So who exactly is it that will be fighting on Nov. 12 in Anaheim?
That's one thing we still don't know and UFC President Dana White has been his usual coy self in terms of even giving a hint to as much.
But, again, those are just rumors and speculation will continue to run rampant until an official declaration is made; which should be soon, considering it's just over two months away from fight time and just under two months away from the debut of the UFC Primetime special.
Stay tuned, Maniacs.