Monday, August 12, 2013

6 hours of UFC helps launch Fox Sports 1 Saturday

So long FX .Hello Fox Sports 1. The move of the UFC from FX to Fox Sports 1 officially occurs this Saturday, and to help things get started on the right foot, UFC is throwing a 6 hour PPV quality event for Fox Sports 1. Here are the details from Fox Sports.


Network Premieres with an Unprecedented Six Hours 
Of  Live Fight Programming through Primetime Coverage on FOX Sports 1, 
FUEL TV, FOX Deportes, & FOX Sports Radio Begins Tuesday

New York –
America’s new sports network, FOX Sports 1, launches on Saturday, Aug. 17 with an 
unprecedented six hours of Ultimate Fighting Championship ® (UFC ®) programming 
including the UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SONNEN live in primetime from 
TD Garden in Boston, MA. The headline bout features former UFC champion and 
Brazilian superstar Shogun Rua (21-7) against three-time world title challenger Chael 
Sonnen (28-13-1) in an epic light heavyweight showdown.

In addition to the five-round headliner, the evening’s three-hour main card includes five
additional bouts. Number-five ranked heavyweight Alistair Overeem (36-12, 1NC) takes on
number-eight ranked Travis Browne (14-1-1); number-two ranked bantamweight Urijah Faber
(28-6) fights Iuri Alcantara (27-4, 1NC); and Matt Brown (19-11) takes on Mike Pyle 
(25-8-1) in abattle of resurgent welterweights. The Ultimate Fighter finalist Uriah Hall (8-3) 
clashes withBoston veteran John Howard (20-8) in a middleweight match, while another 
local favorite, Joe Lauzon (22-8), opens the main card against Michael Johnson (13-8) in a 
skirmish of 155ers. 

The prelims, also on FOX Sports 1, kick off at 6:00 PM ET with four exciting fights including
number-five ranked bantamweight Brad Pickett (24-7) versus number-three ranked Michael
McDonald (15-2); Ireland’s highly anticipated prospect Conor McGregor (13-2) takes on Max
Holloway (7-2) in a featherweight clash; Mike Brown (26-8) fights Steven Siler (22-10) in 
anotherfeatherweight bout; and Diego Brandao (21-8) opens up the Prelims against Daniel 
Pineda (18-9) in a featherweight showdown. UFC announcers Jon Anik and Joe Rogan call
 all the fights live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 6:00 PM ET. 

The network’s UFC coverage begins at 4:30 PM ET Saturday with UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER,
the 30-minute program that goes behind-the-scenes to deliver an insightful preview of the UFC
FIGHT NIGHT fighters, including Browne, Lauzon and McGregor. 

The one-hour live UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW begins at 5:00 PM ET with 
host Jay Glazer and analysts Kenny Florian and Brian Stann previewing UFC FIGHT NIGHT from 
FOXSports’ Los Angeles studio. Three-time MMA Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani interviews
fighters live in Boston. 

Additionally, FOX Sports’ Spanish-language network FOX Deportes
 joins the preliminary bouts in-progress after the conclusion of Major League
 Baseball coverage and continues with live coverage of the main card 
fights. UFC announcer Larry Pepe hosts all matches for FOX Sports Radio. 

Prefight coverage of UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SONNEN 
begins Tuesday, August 12 (10:00 PM ET), when FUEL TV airs UFC 
TONIGHT, the official news and information show of the UFC, with host 
Kenny Florian and guest analyst Daniel Cormier breaking down UFC 
FIGHT NIGHT’s biggest fights. 

On Friday, August 16 (4:00 PM ET) FUEL TV carries the weigh-in LIVE 
from Boston. Theprogram is hosted by Molly Qerim, with Florian 
and Stann adding analysis. Helwani interviews fighters backstage. In the
 week leading up to fight night, FOX Sports’ digital arm,, 
 features extended coverage of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, including an 
exclusive Joe Lauzon Fight Vlog, plus fight breakdowns, predictions 
and live reporting on fight night.

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