UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier Calls Fights, While Welterweight Champion Woodley Serves as Desk Analyst and Grisham Makes Host Debu
LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports has set its broadcast team for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRIGUEZ VS. PENN on FS1 and FOX Deportes on Sunday, Jan. 15 (10:00 PM ET). UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@DC_MMA) joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call the fights live from Phoenix. Plus, UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) are the Spanish language broadcast team on FOX Deportes.
In addition, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) works as studio analyst with retired UFC contender Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios for Saturday and Sunday’s coverage. Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) joins them in his FS1 host debut. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site.
FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRIGUEZ VS. PENN is headlined by the return of UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn (16-10-2) against Mexican phenom Yair Rodriguez (9-1) in a five-round featherweight bout. Rodriguez, unbeaten in five UFC bouts, is fresh from a Fight of the Night decision win against Alex Caceres in his first headlining assignment. He returns to the main event slot against Hawaiian fan-favorite Penn, one of only three fighters to hold two UFC titles. Rounding out the two-hour main card, veteran lightweight Joe Lauzon (26-13) and Marcin Held (22-5) square off, while Court McGee (19-5) meets Ben Saunders (19-7-2) in a welterweight scrap. The No. 8-ranked flyweight John Moraga (16-5) takes on No. 15 Sergio Pettis (14-2) to open the main card.
The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 8:00 PM ET and feature four bouts. Frankie Saenz (11-4) faces Augusto Mendes (5-1) in a bantamweight fight. Heavyweights Aleksei (50-10-1) and Viktor Pesta (10-3) tangle, while lightweights Tony Martin (10-3) and Alex White (11-2) square off. Devin Powell (8-1) and Drakkar Klose (6-0-1) open the PRELIMS with another lightweight bout.
Sunday’s coverage begins on FS1 (7:00 PM ET) with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Grisham, with Woodley and Florian. The action wraps up after the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW. The FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Saturday, Jan. 14 (7:00 PM ET) on FS1 with the same studio crew.
On the popular FOXSports.com podcast Fight Society, host Damon Martin interviews headliners Rodriguez and Penn, as well as veteran Lauzon. It’s available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFCPhoenix fights this Sunday.
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FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
|7:00 PM ET||FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW||FS1|
|Sunday, Jan. 15||7:00 PM ET||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW||FS1|
|Sunday, Jan. 15||8:00 PM ET||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS||FS1 / FOX Deportes|
|Sunday, Jan. 15||10:00 PM ET||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRIGUEZ VS. PENN||FS1 / FOX Deportes|
|Sunday, Jan. 15||12:00 AM ET||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW||FS1|
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