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Contributor Written on January 16, 2010 When the WEC came to a contract extension with the Versus Network a number of things came to light. First, we all realized we would have to wait just a little longer for the WEC to be folded into the UFC. But then we found out that the UFC had an option to run two cards on any network that they so choose other than Spike.

At first glance it seemed a bit odd that the UFC would choose to exercise this option to put a card on Versus, a smaller network that had just lost the DirecTV market due to a contract dispute between the satelitte provider and Versus's owner, Comcast. The same Comcast that had just purchased NBC Universal.

The UFC realized that this was their best chance at showcasing their product and help themselves out in possible future negotiations with NBC for a major TV deal.

Two points of contention that the UFC has always had to deal with, when it came to larger networks, were control over the production/presentation and announce team. Obviously the ability to attract a large viewing-audience would be a matter of import as well.

That is why it looks like the UFC is swinging for the fence with the UFC on Versus 1. Let's break down the matchups for the main-card so far:

Anthony Johnson vs John Howard: Two welterweights that take a ton of trash about each other. We all know the scouting report on Johnson: A gigantic 170 with okay wrestling and knockout power. John Howard seems to lack the same finishing ability in the UFC but did KO Dennis Hallman for his latest victory.

Clay Guida vs Shannon Gugerty: Has Clay Guida ever been in a boring fight? Shannon Gugerty is a submission specialist, with nine of his victories coming that way, but so wasn't Nate Diaz. When Guida fought him they ran away with Fight of the Night bonus, this should be an entertaining one.

Junior Dos Santos vs Gabriel Gonzaga: Junior Dos Santos has the best boxing in the UFC's heavyweight division right now. As demonstrated against everyone he has faced so far he has crisp, clean striking that can obliterate anyone. Gonzaga can bang with the best of them as well, while also having a good submission game. That isn't to say JDS doesn't have one (he has a brown belt in BJJ under Big Nog), but we have seen Gonzaga's before. This only means more fireworks.

Jon Jones vs Brandon Vera: Jon Jones is the UFC's hottest prospect who has amazing wrestling and an evolving striking game. Whether he's suplexing, throwing, or spinning-back-elbowing his opponent he puts on a highlight reel show. This fight could be a classic if Brandon Vera actually prepares for this fight and uses his amazing Muay Thai skills. If he pulls his usual lackadasical effort than we are just going to get another highlight reel for Jones. Which will be firework enough.

The UFC wants to draw fans in with exciting fights that get fans talking and hopefully blow the ratings up during the fights. As long as the fighters perform, the production goes smoothly and Joe Rogan can behave (I can almost see Kenny Florian being brought in for insurance) then the UFC will have an amazing audition to get the gears with NBC turning.

it would be great for UFC to get on NBC great free fight cards yes lol

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