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UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. dos Santos

  • The UFC lightweight championship belt is shown in this file photo.

    Ben Henderson gets next lightweight title shot after UFC on FOX 1 victory

    November 12, 2011

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — The widest grin after UFC on FOX 1 belonged to the man who just found out he would fight for a championship belt, not the man who just won one. After Ben Henderson defeated Clay Guida via unanimous decision at the Honda Center, UFC President Dana White officially announced Henderson was the next challenger for lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Henderson reacted with excitement that only Junior dos Santos, who beat Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title in the evening’s main event, could relate to.

  • Junior dos Santos, top right, of Brazil, takes down Cain Velasquez as an official moves in to stop the fight in the UFC mixed martial arts heavyweight title bout in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

    UFC on FOX 1 live blog: Junior dos Santos knocks out Cain Velasquez

    November 12, 2011

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — A minute of action was all that came out of months of build-up for the UFC's network television debut. Junior dos Santos knocked out UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at 1:04 of the first round at the Honda Center Saturday to take the belt back to his native Brazil. Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) caught Velasquez (9-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) with a right hand that sent him to the floor. A few strikes later and the fight was over.

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    Velasquez vs. dos Santos

  • Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos square off in a press event this week in Los Angeles. Velasquez and dos Santos fight for the UFC heavyweight title Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif.

    UFC on FOX 1 weigh-in: Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem pick Cain Velasquez

    November 11, 2011

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem are on the fans’ side when it comes to the inaugural UFC on FOX main event Saturday. Lesnar and Overeem, who held a press conference to promote their UFC 141 bout Friday before the fighters on this weekend’s card weighed in, both picked Cain Velasquez over Junior dos Santos.

  • Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos pose for a photo to promote their upcoming UFC heavyweight title fight. It's slated as the first UFC bout to ever air live on network television.

    Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos thankful for long path to UFC on Fox

    November 9, 2011

    Frustration at the beginning of the year has now simmered down to satisfaction for the two best heavyweights in mixed martial arts, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. The two were supposed to fight in early 2011, but a Velasquez shoulder injury that required surgery pushed back the bout. Dos Santos was “outraged” by the delay at first and Velasquez was devastated he would have to take the longest hiatus of his career right after becoming the UFC heavyweight champion.

  • UFC on FOX 1 breakdown, betting odds and picks

    November 9, 2011

    It’s rare to see a UFC title fight open as a pick’em. But that’s how a handful of sports books posted this weekend’s UFC on FOX heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos in Anaheim, Calif.

  • Cain Velasquez, top, punches Brock Lesnar during UFC 121 in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday. Velasquez won by TKO in the first round.

    Heavyweight championship bout slated for inaugural UFC on FOX card

    September 2, 2011

    Heavyweight fights have long fascinated casual sports fans. That’s a thought the UFC plans to make the most of with its debut on network television.

  • From left, Dana White, UFC president, Lorenzo Fertitta, chairman and CEO of UFC, and John Landgraf, president of FX Networks, announce a multi-year, multi-platform agreement between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Fox Media Group, at a news conference at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. The first of four mixed martial arts live events will air Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

    Details emerge regarding first UFC on FOX event

    August 18, 2011

    Many fight fans were surprised to hear the UFC announce Nov. 12 as the date of its first event on FOX earlier today. That’s because Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on the same night.

  • Dana White, UFC president, announces a multi-year, multi-platform agreement between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Fox Media Group, at a news conference at Fox Studios in Los Angeles Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. The first of four mixed martial arts live events will air Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

    UFC announces landmark television deal with FOX

    August 18, 2011

    UFC President Dana White, CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and several Fox network executives held a news conference to announce a groundbreaking seven-year television deal for the Las Vegas-based promotion.

  • Cain Velasquez celebrates after defeating Brock Lesnar in UFC 121 in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday. Velasquez won by TKO in the first round.

    Cain Velasquez out for six months, discusses injury at UFC 125 Q&A

    December 31, 2010

    UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez on Friday confirmed reports that he suffered a shoulder injury in October's title fight against Brock Lesnar. Velasquez spoke publicly about the injury for the first time as part of a fan question-and-answer session at the MGM Garden Arena before the UFC 125 weigh-in.