By Josh Reese
Since the UFC ventured in to this deal with FOX at the start of 2012, we knew things were going to change and for the better. Hell the 1st ever FOX card was headlined by Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight championship it signaled a sort of new start for the UFC. The UFC after a up and down year in fans eyes but FOX and the UFC were steadfast in there relationship together.
Out of this relationship together in 2012 we have gotten 2 title fights on free TV! In 2013 we have at least 2 more on free TV and more could be added. UFC on FOX 6 on 1-26-12 will be headlined by a Flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson. UFC will also have a title fight on Fuel TV, not FX but maybe FX later in the year…. UFC on Fuel TV 7 on 2-16-13 will be a Bantamweight “interim” title fight between Renan Barao and Michael McDonald. The UFC is bringing more action to free TV and you are getting the rewards. Could we one day see an end to PPV’s? Probably not but wouldn’t it be nice to instead of buying 10 plus PPV’s a year to only buy 3 or 4 we could one day see that, as the relationship between FOX and the UFC grows the need for PPV’s will drop farther and farther.
But more fights on free TV isn’t the only way the UFC has changed…. Any body remember this comment by Dana White?
Well not anymore, today the UFC not only dipped a toe in to the WMMA waters but they cannon balled in to the deep end of the WMMA waters… White officially gave the 1st ever Women’s Bantamweight belt to Ronda Rousey but the also announced she will be headlining the UFC 157 card vs. Liz Carmouche and as White said it’s on Rousey’s shoulders to how far this thing goes and as great as Rousey is this could be just a small step in the big picture of WMMA