High-Speed Phantom Cam To Make MMA Debut at UFC on Fox 5
Viewers will get to see the UFC in a whole new way when the Fox Phantom Cam makes its mixed-martial-arts debut during UFC on Fox 5 this Saturday (8 p.m. ET).
The Vision Research Phantom v642 camera supplied by Inertia Unlimited will be positioned on a robotic mount on the truss frame near the octagon, will be fitted with a 200mm f/1.8 Canon lens, and will be running at speeds up to 3,000 frames per second.
“At these speeds, we are hoping to see some of the action in never-before-seen slow-motion detail,” says Mike Davies, VP, field operations, at Fox Sports. “To see a pivotal hit or turning point in a match, which could last only an instant in real time, play back over the course of several seconds can show detail that cannot be caught in normal slow motion.”
The camera generated a ton of buzz for Fox Sports during the National League Championship Series and World Series when the network broadcast the now iconic images of Hunter Pence’s broken-bat double and Marco Scutaro shouting to the sky exultingly through a driving rainstorm prior to the San Francisco Giants’ Game 7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The broadcast network’s quadruple header of fights from KeyArena in Seattle is highlighted by UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson facing top challenger Nate Diaz for the 155-pound title.
UFC announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan call all bouts on Fox Sports, including preliminary matches airing live on FX. Host Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian, and Brian Stann offer analysis for preliminary bouts on FX; host Curt Menefee, Stann, and Randy Couture handle analysis for fights on Fox Sports.
Both shows originate from the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles.
Additionally, preliminary bouts air live on Spanish-language network Fox Deportes, with the UFC on Fox’s four fights airing live on MundoFox.
The UFC postfight show on Fuel TV immediately follows UFC on Fox 5 on Saturday at 10 p.m., hosted by Glazer alongside analysts Stann and Florian with on-site interviews by Ariel Helwani.