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The UFC On Fox Hype Train Leaves The Station On The Round-Up

MMA Nation rounds up the latest news from the UFC and the world of mixed martial arts.

ROSEMEAD CA: Cain Velasquez answers questions at the UFC Gym in Rosemead California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
ROSEMEAD CA: Cain Velasquez answers questions at the UFC Gym in Rosemead California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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MMA Nation Round-Up provides you with daily coverage of the latest in news, multimedia, and analysis throughout the world of combat sports. Today we look at UFC on Fox from every angle, providing you with all the clips, predictions, analysis, and hype videos you could ask for in anticipation of the historic night. Let's start it off.

- Mixed martial arts contests inherently come in different flavored wrappers, from thunderous brawls to mind-numbing snoozefests, and everything in-between. MMA Nation's Nate Wilcox wonders which type Saturday's UFC heavyweight championship will be.

- The UFC has compiled footage to create a fascinating look at the moment the heavyweight championship matchup came to fruition. Via split screen, fight fans are privy to a ringside view of Junior dos Santos' reaction as Cain Velasquez TKOs Brock Lesnar at UFC 121. The moment the referee stops the action Dos Santos declares his mission, "An undefeated champion. Now he's mine."

- Is Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos the most important fight in MMA history? Decide for yourself after reading Jonathan Snowden's encyclopedic primer.

- A slew of UFC stars discussed the effect UFC on Fox will have on the sport of mixed marital arts and gave their ratings predications. Keep on the look out for Frank Mir, Georges St. Pierre, Dan Hardy, Roy Nelson, Phil Davis and Jens Pulver.

- Have mixed marital arts and boxing may have finally reached a plateau of coexistence? Regardless of the answer, after Saturday's night's contrasting broadcasts of the UFC on Fox and Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, the two sides won't really have a choice.

- In an hilarious piece of viral marketing, watch as UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer becomes Hollywood horror's new icon.

- Even before it takes place, the UFC on Fox debut is being hailed as a success. Yet, with two relatively tame personalities headlining the main event, the very real possibility remains that it could become the biggest flop in the sport's history. Leland Rolling explains, "The excitement of such a monumental step toward becoming a mainstream sport, in my opinion, has blinded some of the analysis of this event."

- In our final UFC on Fox appetizer, a mix of UFC 137 standouts pick the winner of Velasquez vs. Dos Santos. As always, Matt Mitrione may have said it best. "That's going to be a hell of a fight man."

- In non-Fox news, fresh off a dominant win at UFC 138, Thiago Alves hopes to return to the Octagon as quickly as possible. In fact, he already has an opponent in mind.

- Anderson Silva and Mark Munoz have a friendship that far predates Munoz's middleweight contention. As a result, Silva was surprised when he heard about the wrestler's call for a title shot, sadly stating, "I thought Munoz was a friend."

- Lastly, Jason "Mayhem" Miller proposed his tribute to the tragic passing of boxing legend Joe Fraiser. 

So we are all in agreement right? We are naming that asteroid "Smokin Joe."
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