UFC president Dana White has promised to make a “major announcement” on Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT), officials today confirmed.
What that announcement is, though, remains a mystery.
However, UFC president Dana White subsequently narrowed it done: He’s going to announce the headliner for the first-ever UFC on FOX card.
The historic card takes place Nov. 12 in Anaheim, Calif. Numerous names have been bandied about for the network-television debut, though UFC president Dana White recently shot down the possibility of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a recent chat with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
However, everyone from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson to UFC vet Vitor Belfort to crowd-pleaser Chris Leben to lightweights Clay Guida and Ben Henderson have been mentioned as additional possibilities for the card, which runs just one hour and features just two fights. The fighters’ camps remain tight-lipped, though.
For the next 19 hours, let the guessing games commence.
The card obviously is an important one. After flirting with a handful of potential partners, the UFC ultimately signed a seven-year deal with FOX this past month. In addition to four annual shows on FOX, the UFC will have a big presence on its cable partners, FX and FUEL TV.
The Nov. 12 event broadcast on FOX concludes before the night’s HBO broadcast of boxers Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez. (Future UFC on FOX events are expected to run two or three hours.)