As a pioneer in production innovation, FOX Sports has used unique camera views like Catcher Cam, Diamond Cam and Gopher Cam to bring viewers closer to the excitement of the sports they love. Saturday night at the Staples Center in in Los Angeles is no different as the network brings UFC fans to a place they’ve never been – inside the Octagon, within inches of the fighters battling in the cage.
The UFC will implement the Ref Cam for the very first time at the UFC on FOX 4 event which will give North American Fans a new perspective on the sport.
Different MMA promotions have used different types of referee cams in the past, notably the now defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships that was purchased by Zuffa in 2007.
UFC on FOX 4 will feature two light heavyweight matchups in the co-main event and main event with title implications on the line. Former champion Lyoto Machida will take on TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader in the co-main event and former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will take on Brandon Vera in the main event. UFC President Dana White has gone on record stating that the fighter that wins most impressively will receive the next title shot:
“Whoever scores the best win and gets the fans excited by going out there on Saturday and looking the most impressive gets the winner of Jones vs. Henderson,” said White. “Winning isn’t enough, they’ve got to win impressively. Any one of these four fighters can take things into their own hands and make a title shot happen.”
Action kicks off Friday, August 3 (7:00 PM ET) with the UFC Weigh-In on FUEL TV hosted by Karyn Bryant. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans joins Bryant, offering analysis.
FUEL TV begins its coverage on Saturday, August 4 with UFC Prelims (5:00 PM ET). FOX Sports’ Curt Menefee kicks off network coverage at 8:00 PM ET hosting pre- and post-fight coverage alongside UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and UFC middleweight fighter Brian Stann.