UFC Champions Cormier and Cruz Serve as Analysts for FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VANZANT VS. WATERSON

LOS ANGELES – UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@DC_MMA) and bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) serve as FOX Sports’ desk analysts alongside host Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) live in Sacramento, Calif. for the network’s coverage of FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VANZANT VS. WATERSON this weekend.

Two strawweight contenders look to move up the 115-pound ladder at FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VANZANT VS. WATERSON on Saturday, Dec. 17 (8:00 PM ET) when Paige VanZant (7-2) faces Michelle Waterson (13-4) in the five-round main event live on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes. Watch a short preview from Saturday’s FS1 UFC 206 POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

The two-hour main card on FOX also features three more exciting matchups, including a clash of welterweight phenoms as “Super” Sage Northcutt (8-1) battles Mickey Gall (3-0), who beat CM Punk earlier this year. Plus, two bantamweight veterans square off when No. 7-ranked “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (33-10), who announced he’s retiring after this fight, faces Brad Pickett (26-12). Alan Jouban (14-4) and Mike Perry (9-0) open the main card with a clash of dynamic welterweights.

Brian Stann (@BrianStann) and Mike Goldberg (@MFG16) call the main card on FOX and prelims on FS1 live from Sacramento, while Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) call the action in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS kick off on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 5:00 PM ET and feature six bouts, including a pair of undefeated light heavyweights, Henrique da Silva (12-0) and Paul Craig (8-0), squaring off. Veteran Cole Miller (21-10, 1NC) takes on Mizuto Hirota (18-7-2) in a featherweight scrap, while welterweights Bryan Barberena (12-3) and Colby Covington (10-1) battle. Another welterweight bout features James Moontasri (9-4) versus Alex Morono (12-3). Undefeated lightweight Josh Emmett (10-0) takes on Scott Holtzman (9-1), and Leslie Smith (8-7-1) and Irene Aldana (7-2) open the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS with a bantamweight clash.

Saturday’s coverage starts on FS1 (4:00 PM ET) with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW with host Anik and analysts Cormier and Cruz previewing the fights and reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviewing fighters. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW, as the group recaps the fights in Sacramento.

Coverage of FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT begins on Friday, Dec. 16 (7:00 PM ET) with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW, hosted by Anik, with Cormier and Olivi.

On UFC TONIGHT, host Kenny Florian and guest host Michael Bisping preview the weekend’s fights on Wednesday, Dec. 14 (7:00 PM ET) and interview VanZant about headlining her first card. They also catch up with Faber to talk about his final fight in the Octagon and pending retirement.

FOXSports.com features FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT preview articles leading up to the fight. Senior UFC writer Damon Martin interviews VanZant, as well as Gall and Faber on FOX Sports’ popular podcast “Fight Society.” The podcast is available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFCSacramento fights this Saturday.

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the FOX UFC page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME

EVENT

NET*

Wednesday,

Dec. 14

7:00 PM ET

UFC TONIGHT

FS1

Friday,

Dec. 16

7:00 PM ET

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW

FS1

Saturday, Dec. 17

4:00 PM ET

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW

FS1

Saturday, Dec. 17

5:00 PM ET

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS

FS1 / FOX Deportes

Saturday, Dec. 17

8:00 PM ET

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VANZANT VS. WATERSON

FOX / FOX Deportes

Saturday, Dec. 17

10:00 AM ET

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW

FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO