So full disclosure, I am a huge MMA fan (got into it through a fellow boxing fan who first showed me a fight back in 2011. Been hooked ever since.) Before then, I was completely in the anti-MMA and UFC camps. "That's not fighting, that's just two guys hugging/doing gymnastics," I'd say. And oh, my friends and I would laugh and laugh. Emasculating large men who can kick my ass six ways to Sunday is always very humorous.
But back to the topic at hand. Naturally, I watched the UFC's inaugural Fox Sports 1 card, featuring some very high profile fighters including Alistair Overeem and Chael Sonnen. It was an entertaining night, with some great finishes, brutal knockouts, and an all-around great card.
I wanted to ask the powers that be (Scott, Brent, Fraser, Matt, etc) if there has been any similar discussion with incorporating boxing events into the Fox Sports 1 lineup. I ask this for two reasons: 1. Canelo is in that flash "Happy Days are Here Again" ad for FS1, so I wonder why they'd place him in their most ambitious commercial if they didn't have plans for the sport and/or Canelo. 2. Oscar De La Hoya himself graced the UFC with his presence during the aforementioned card. I couldn't hear what he said (apparently putting seven drunk fight fans in the same small room leads to a lot of loud conversation...who knew?), but same thing: I wonder why they'd trot him out if they didn't have plans for boxing.
So far, FS1 is pretty underwhelming in terms of its other, "talk" programming (one segment had Charissa Thompson, Donovan McNabb, and Andy Roddick talking about baseball. BASEBALL). But if tonight's anything to go by, their UFC coverage is off to a great start. Even though the powers that be at FS1 have already had their fair share of difficulties leading up to the launch, the UFC figures to weigh heavily in their sports programming going forward.
So, to paraphrase a Futurama quote: Why not boxing?