Why cameras pulled back at UFC on FOX 5

source: The Underground Blog

When FOX entered into a seven year deal with the UFC, fans anticipated that the best sport's production values in the world would enhance already insanely great evening. FOX delivered when the Phantom Cam caught close ups of shots landing cleanly at 20,000 frames per second.

However, during Saturday night's UFC on FOX 5, more than once the screen inexplicably pulled back to an impossibly long shot.

It happened perhaps most annoyingly when Henderson neutralized Diaz's leg lock attacks by dropping down into a full split.

Fans assumed error, but in fact, the cause was Nick Diaz, or more precisely, his middle finger.

This is Benson Henderson using his finger for dramatic effect:

He learned it from his mom:

He can do it with two fingers, too:

This of course is Nate Diaz expressing himself:

It turns out that Diaz, frustrated with rounds of being punched in the thigh and kicked in the head, expressed himself to Henderson during the fight. FOX, concerned about the sensibilities of both sponsors and the wider fight fan audience, censored what really happened. FOX pulled the camera back so far all you could see what the Octagon, and not who was in it, or what they were doing with their finger.

"It’s not appropriate for air," said a FOX spokesperson. "But the folks in the UFC’s production truck were on the ball. They cut away so quickly that it was virtually indiscernible to the naked eye. We regret even a small fraction of a second snuck through."


tags: UFC on FOX 5   Benson Henderson   Nate Diaz (detail)  


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Daht site profile image  

12/10/12 5:40 PM by Daht

It shoots a lotta frames per second! Case closed

Loser Born Natural site profile image  

12/10/12 5:21 PM by Loser Born Natural

We saw it imediately... The shot didn't pull back for us, it went to dead screen. Pretty lame.

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12/10/12 5:18 PM by UGSlapshot

I just think its mild retardation to cut away from someone giving the finger in a fight but violent ko's and brutal beatdowns don't create a moral issue, Im missing the logic.IMO just show it, its just a finger and cutting away from a fight is annoying as all hell.

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12/10/12 5:17 PM by chaplinshouse

^sigh.  20K son! not 3K!!  you racka disiprin

Hessian site profile image  

12/10/12 5:09 PM by Hessian

So I heard 1400 fps, this article says 3000 and Cindy pointed out 5000. I get what you are saying though Kirik and I will refrain from posting.

YouCantHandleMyRiddum site profile image  

12/10/12 4:06 PM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

I know right? These damn corporate suites!!!

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12/10/12 3:57 PM by Jason Reinhardt

I will have to admit, i regret giving Joe Lauzon the middle finger as i'm caught in his (BJ's choke) where he trapped my other defending arm under his leg, giving me one hand to defend. It was too late, so instead i was so frustrated, and simply just out-classed, so i gave him the bird. Not too many even saw it, but the picture of me giving Lauzon the finger made it into a magazine. It shows it very clearly. I would actually like to have the pic if anyone can find it. I use to have the magazine it was in, but i misplaced it. My point is,I'm not like that in real life at all, and niether are the diaz brothers. cooler than hell. i would like to have that crazy pic though. :)

AndersonGOAT > Bisping site profile image  

12/10/12 2:09 PM by AndersonGOAT > Bisping

Sure didn't lol, one of the funniest things i've ssen in an mma fight, it was better than the Cerrone one.

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12/10/12 12:32 PM by ausgepicht

Conservative and fundamentalist Christians are behind things like the nipple slip and middle finger being the devil. It's SAD. They believe people, especially children will be corrupted by this devilry. Little Johnny will shoot up the town from the water tower if he sees a nipple. Atheists see nudity as beautiful and natural, theists see it as temptation and evil and usually quote Adam and Eve being covered up as why nudity is evil. SAD that these people...AS USUAL...know what is best for everyone else. /rant