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UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference

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Cain Velasquez attends the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference

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Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos face off at the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference

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Cain Velasquez attends the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.


Mixed martial arts organization UFC is coming back to Southern California this weekend. Anaheim is getting one of the biggest shows in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as it's UFC's first show on network television.

As part of a deal reported to be worth $100 million per year for UFC, Fox is airing four primetime specials per year. The deal doesn't fully go into effect quite yet, but this weekend's show is serving as a preview.

Only one fight is scheduled to air on the Saturday night special: A Heavyweight Championship bout between champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior Dos Santos. Will this be a five-round battle, or could it end in a minute and leave UFC fans with a show of filler?

The two also aren't stars yet. The Mexican-American Velasquez is quiet, but UFC hopes that the Latino community will latch on to him. He'd begun to catch on before, but suffered an injury that kept him on the shelf for 13 months between fights.

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3 sports without strikes or lockouts

UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira

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UFC fighter Antonio Nogueira (L) battles UFC fighter Randy Couture (R) during their Heavyweight bout at UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira at the Rose Garden Arena on August 29, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.

The first two weeks of the NBA's season have been canceled after failed negotiations between owners and players. What's a fan of the Lakers — or any of the NBA's other teams — to do? Here's a look at a few other sports that haven't faced lockouts or strikes.

Soccer

While there have been soccer strikes in other nations, soccer is such an international sport that it's less dependent on any nation's labor laws, so you're likely to be able to watch world class soccer at almost any point. Here in the United States, there is a Major League Soccer players union, but they have yet to strike. Major League Soccer was founded in 1993, with the union founded in 2003, so they haven't been around long. In 2010, contentious negotiations did raise the possibility of a strike, but eventually a 5-year agreement was reached.

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