Today is November 12th and beginning at approximately 6 p.m. ET, UFC on Fox 1 kicks off from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. This is the UFC's debut on Fox, although not necessarily their network television debut. The event is headlined by a title fight between UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos. That bout is scheduled for five, five-minute rounds.
MMA Nation has compiled a full list of ways you can watch this event no matter your viewing preference. But let's breakdown our options based on each portion of the card.
For today's portion of the preliminary card - which is everything but the main event - viewing is available via traditional methods. All of the bouts before the main event will air for free on the UFC's Facebook page. As we stated previously, the card begins at 6 p.m. ET. All you has to do is "Like" the UFC's Facebook page and you can watch that portion of the preliminary card for free.
You can also watch the entire preliminary card at Foxsports.com.
For those who are iPhone or iPad users, you can purchase the event to watch by using the UFC app from the iTunes app store. The app itself is a mere $.99 while the pay-per-view is still $44.99. I have no idea if watching a UFC event on a phone is the best of all options, but the option does exist.
Tonight's broadcast kicks off at 9 p.m. ET. The fight itself won't start until approximately 9:35 p.m. ET, so the lead-in will include story telling, explanations and other content meant to assist first-time UFC viewers.
At A Bar
The UFC provides a exhaustive, searchable database of bars that carry their events. It's sorted by geography. Go to bars.ufc.com. From there you can enter your zip code to find those bars carrying tonight's fights closest to you. The results will even pull up the bar's number so you can call to ensure they're carrying the event as well as inquire about specials or a cover charge.
Here's the fight card laid out by distribution platform, time and segment:
Main card (Fox):
Heavyweight Championship: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos
Preliminary card (Facebook and FoxSports.com):
Lightweight: Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson
Featherweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Pablo Garza
Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Ricardo Lamas
Welterweight: DaMarques Johnson vs. Clay Harvison
Bantamweight: Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Featherweight: Mackens Semerzier vs. Robert Peralta
Bantamweight: Alex Caceres vs. Cole Escovedo
Middleweight: Mike Pierce vs. Paul Bradley
Light Heavyweight: Aaron Rosa vs. Matt Lucas