UFC on Fox Knockout: Was the Highly Anticipated Bout Bad for UFC?

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 13, 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  UFC World Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos is seen at UFC on Fox:  Live Heavyweight Championship at the Honda Center on November 12, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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The first UFC on Fox event had a highly anticipated match between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos scheduled for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

Many first-time fans tuned in for the event to really get a taste of what the UFC was all about.

They left knowing about the same amount.

The heavyweight bout ended 1:04 into the first round with a knockout win by Velasquez.

That was it for the night. UFC on Fox did not have any other scheduled bouts for the event. The preliminary events were all shown on Facebook.

After 59 minutes of talking and one minute of fighting, we have to ask the question: Was this bout bad for the UFC?

Fans who were watching for the first time didn't get to experience a true MMA fight with the typical battle.

Imagine if one of the preliminary fights was shown instead. The lightweight bout between Clay Guida and Ben Henderson that took place before the main event was one of the most exciting UFC fights I've ever watched.

I watched that fight on Facebook. I really doubt that the majority of first-time watchers did the same.