It looks like the UFC will run two more FOX-bound events in 2012 as promised with one of course being the previously announced August 4 outing in Los Angeles headlined by Brandon Vera-Mauricio Rua. The second show will apparently take place on December 8 though no location or fights have been attached to the lineup.
News of the year-end effort surfaced this week after FOX issued a press release regarding a new program called Road to the Octagon with a similar premise to that of UFC Primetime though with a focus on FOX cards. The broadcaster’s statement mentioned both a July 29 edition before UFC on FOX 4 as well one on December 2, thereby revealing plans for UFC on FOX 5.
Past UFC on FOX shows have delivered mixed results outside of the companies’ targeted demographic. The most recent event occurred on May 5 with a bout between Jim Miller-Nate Diaz serving as the main event.
MMATraining Take: All I ask is that the UFC makes sure to book at least one heavyweight fight for the main card. Mainstream viewers need a bout they can relate to and it’s not hard to understand the dynamic of two large men punching each other until one drops. With that in place the company can then educate newer fans on the other beautiful aspects of MMA by putting together more-technical affairs in the other televised slots.