Month: April 2017

Daniel Cormier

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Cormier Calls Out Jones

Florian on GSP having the best championship run: “The welterweight division was considered the toughest division in the sport for years. Georges didn’t lose a round for four years.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – On UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier interview Jorge Masvidal about his upcoming UFC 211 bout. Plus, Karyn Bryant adds reports.

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on if Al Iaquinta deserved a performance bonus last Saturday: “He came back after two years off, and not only did he beat the legend, Diego Sanchez, he smashed him. Who puts Diego out like that? Was he mad he didn’t get the bonus? Of course. They should have given it to him.”

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on if Jones should take a tune-up fight: “He did not look that good against Ovince Saint Preux after his last layoff. I think he should take a tune-up fight. He fights off of confidence and rhythm. He’s better off taking a tune-up fight. But the bigger question is who would he fight?”

Cormier on if Jon Jones should take a tune-up fight before fighting him for the title: “Take the fight with me, Jon Jones. There’s no tune-up fights in the UFC. Try to get your title back. Come meet your boy DC. Get your money. Let’s give people the show. It’s my rules, I’m the champ now. The guy we saw against Ovince Saint Preux is the new USADA-regulated Jon Jones. Yes, I will beat him up July 29.”

Florian on Georges St-Pierre saying he won’t have ring rust from the long layoff: “I think we’re going to see a new GSP. He’s stayed training the whole time. The time away, mentally, it’s going to give him a fresh perspective. I don’t think it’s going to be a factor.”

Cormier on Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather: “Floyd is the greatest boxer ever. I’m being realistic. Conor McGregor has no chance against Floyd Mayweather.”

Cormier on who had a better championship run, Jones or GSP: “No one has done it at the level of Jon Jones. He beat eight of us, back-to-back. He beat five guys who may go in to the Hall of Fame – Machida, myself, Rampage Jackson, Vitor Belfort and Shogun Rua – all were champions and all in their prime.”

Florian on why GSP had a better championship run: “The welterweight division was considered the toughest division in the sport for years. Georges didn’t lose a round for four years. That’s amazing, considering the consistency and the level of competition he had.”

VIDEO: No Holds Barred: Jones or St-Pierre – who had better championship run?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6uoDneu2nE

Jorge Masvidal on how he’ll stop Demian Maia: “There’s this key ingredient called wrestling. None of the other dudes possess it. Defensive wrestling, I can hold my own against anyone in the division. Just like when I was fighting Cowboy, they thought I was going to be decapitated, and they were sorely mistaken. They’re going to find out just how good my grappling is defensively on May 13.”

Masvidal on if he’s been working on jiu-jitsu: “No jiu-jitsu, just wrestling. The way my game is, I don’t get outwrestled on the mat usually.”

Masvidal on if he’d have a problem fighting fellow ATT team member Tyron Woodley: “No, not on my end or his end. We’re both good friends. He’s shown me a lot in the past. There’s no hard feelings if we have to scrap. I’m here to get the money. I’ve got kids to feed.”

Masvidal on how GSP will look after USADA: “Me personally, I’d rather be safe than sorry. I want to see everybody doing the USADA routine. A lot of guys were looking like super soldiers in the ring. Now a lot of guys, via USADA, they look like they don’t belong in there. The movement, the power, these guys were slamming people for five rounds. Now they have one round in them and are breaking. Big shout out to USADA.”

VIDEO: Interview – Masvidal previews his UFC 211 fight vs. Demian Maia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJp3X_1rSDo

VIDEO: Cub Swanson doesn’t know when he broke his hand vs. Artem Lobov | PROcast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjV3p6PROUE

VIDEO: Here are the top-five ‘best of the rest’ TUF fighters of all-time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqovDB1ph3k

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Cormier Calls Out Jones (147 kB, last updated April 2017)
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FOX NASCAR at Richmond International Raceway Quotes & Programming Schedule

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Live on FOX; NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Live on FS1 from Richmond
Logano in NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Booth as Analyst Saturday on FS1

CHARLOTTE, NC – NASCAR heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer 19 hours of live action from the three-quarter-mile oval. Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, April 30 (2:00 PM ET) and FS1’s live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on Saturday, April 29 (1:00 PM ET).

During the week, FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and information program, continues Mondays through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET. Additionally, the NASCAR RACE HUB PODCAST launched recently and is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play Music.

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and Andy Petree.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Sunday, April 30 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FOX
  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and three-time champion Darrell Waltrip, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds
  • Pit reporters: Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
  • Hosts: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
  • Pre-race:
    • FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (1:30 PM ET on FOX); hosted by Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip; reporters Neville, Welch and Yocum
    • NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analysts Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Kaitlyn Vincie and Kenny Wallace
  • Post-Race: NASCAR VICTORY LANE (8:30 PM ET on FS1; delayed)

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 29 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Joey Logano
  • Pit reporters: Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake with analysts Michael Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Kenny Wallace and Chris Neville
  • Hosts: Spake and McReynolds

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

Note: For FOX NASCAR analysts’ reaction Tuesday to the announcement Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire at the end of the 2017 season, please click HERE and HERE.

On Jimmie Johnson winning two consecutive races:
“That’s a big, big win. Bristol hasn’t been one of his best tracks. That’s just how good he and that No. 48 team are … Jimmie Johnson might not have been in the script at Bristol, but he was in the hunt all day long, lurking. That team is so strong. When you get them in a position like this, and you give them confidence, like after the win at Texas, they don’t make many mistakes. They’ve been pushing hard and making some mistakes up until Texas, but not at Bristol. What did they do? They’re so good that they forced others, like (Martin) Truex Jr. and (Kyle) Larson to make mistakes and give them that shot at going out there and getting the win.”
–Jeff Gordon, FOX NASCAR analyst

On how close Clint Bowyer is to winning a race:
“He and Mike Bugarewicz have gotten better and better every week. He could win Richmond. He runs great there and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see the No. 14 in Victory Lane.”
–Darrell Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

On Joe Gibbs Racing remaining winless headed into Richmond:
“Matt Kenseth really needed that (fourth-place finish at Bristol) and so did Joe Gibbs Racing. They were so good at Richmond last year. They dominated. They’ve been good on the short tracks. They’ve got a little bit of work to do on the mile-and-a-halfs, but look for them to be the dominant team this week at Richmond.”
–Jeff Gordon, FOX NASCAR analyst

On whether Stewart-Haas Racing is suffering a bit from the transition from Chevrolet to Ford, particularly with the No. 4 team:
“You can’t expect to go through as big a change as they did by switching manufacturers and not have some growing pains. It’s incredible they were able to win at Daytona, and Harvick was dominant, as usual, in Atlanta. But now they’re showing some of the struggles I expected to see, particularly the No. 4 team. I’m using the No. 4 car as a gauge because they were so dominant and fast with Chevrolet. I don’t see them quite there yet, although they are improving every week. But Clint Bowyer is over-performing and probably is the best Stewart-Haas Racing team as a whole. Clint is a great driver but the No. 14 team has struggled the past few years, and he struggled at another team. The No. 14 team is the glue keeping SHR going and (the No. 4 team) probably is feeding off the No. 14 car until the No. 4 car gets back to its dominant form. I expect to see that in the second half of the season.”
–Andy Petree, FOX NASCAR analyst

FOX NASCAR AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, April 28
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (11:30 AM-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (4:00-4:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (4:30-6:00 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, April 29
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (9:00-10:00 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (10:00-11:00 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (11:00-11:30 AM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (11:30 AM-12:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (1:00-3:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES POST-RACE SHOW (3:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, April 30
NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM-1:30 PM) (FS1)
FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (1:30-2:00 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (2:00-5:30 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR VICTORY LANE (8:30-9:00 PM) (FS1) (delayed)

FOX NASCAR Analysts: Michael Waltrip & Darrell Waltrip

FOX NASCAR Quotes: FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB Analysts React to News of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Retirement

FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB Analysts React to News of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Retirement Following Conclusion of 2017 NASCAR Season
Joy: ‘In listening to this announcement, I heard so much of the words of Neil Bonnett, who was Dale Jr.’s dad’s best friend on the track and off.’

CHARLOTTE, NC – Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 14-time most popular driver, announced Tuesday he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Earnhardt, who missed the final 18 races of the 2016 season due to a concussion, will step away from racing after a career spanning 18 years and more than 600 starts.

Below are quotes from FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and analysts Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Michael Waltrip from Tuesday’s special edition of NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1:

NASCAR RACE HUB: What was your reaction to the announcement today?
“He said it best. It’s one of those bittersweet days. It’s a day we all saw coming, but it’s a day we didn’t look forward to. But then you look back at his accomplishments, who he is and what he has meant to the sport, and you find the sweet in the bittersweet.”
–Darrell Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

NASCAR RACE HUB: What did you see from Dale Earnhardt Jr. during his press conference?
“I saw just what I expected — genuine, heartfelt appreciation for the people who love him and appreciation for the people who have done so much for him. It was hard for him to go to Rick (Hendrick) and explain that he was ready to retire, but it was something he knew he needed to do. I was his teammate on the track; heck, I was his teammate in the (FOX Sports) booth, too. Just to get to know Dale Jr. makes people better. People around him want to be better because of him. His heart is huge. I was so thankful to see that look on his face. You could tell that every single word was exactly what he meant. None of it was manufactured; none of it was made up. It was just honest feelings about being able to do something he loved all his life. I sure appreciated one thing he said – he knew at an early age that the shadow (of his late father Dale Earnhardt Sr.) was going to be huge. That’s kind of the way I grew up. I knew my brother’s shadow (FOX NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip) was going to cast a big one on me. I just wanted to race a car. I didn’t care about all of that, and that’s exactly what Dale Jr. said.”
–Michael Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst and former Earnhardt teammate at Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI)

“I have known Dale Earnhardt Jr. for well more than 20 years, and he has changed and matured a lot. But one thing that hasn’t changed, and it came across today, was his genuineness and sincerity. He was that way when he made the announcement and in every question he answered.”
–Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst

NASCAR RACE HUB: Dale Earnhardt Jr. sat out 18 races last fall. How much do you think that time away impacted his decision to retire?
“I have to believe it weighed in. We all live in a rat race and go, go, go. We never take time to stop and reflect, but he had that time last fall. I also think he’s in the best place he’s ever been personally and professionally. JR Motorsports is on top of its game now. He is happy and content with his accomplishments, and for the first time in his life, he has someone to share things with – his new wife, Amy. I’m sure there are a lot of people who will say it’s because of the way he is performing right now. I think this ship had sailed shortly after the season started, though. He sat down with Rick Hendrick just a month after the season started, so I don’t think the performance of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team had anything to do with it.”
–Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst

NASCAR RACE HUB: How difficult do you think it was for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to tell Rick Hendrick he wanted to retire?
“Their relationship is so unique and so special. Here’s a son who lost a father. Here’s a father who lost a son, and the bond between them is probably stronger than any other at Hendrick Motorsports, at least for that reason. In listening to this announcement, I heard so much of the words of Neil Bonnett, who was Dale Jr.’s dad’s best friend on the track and off. When Neil was sidelined by injury, he did great things in television, but he so wanted to be back in the race car. He said, time after time, ‘I don’t want someone else to tell me that I can’t drive a race car. When that time comes, I want to make that decision for myself.’ I’m sure Neil had those conversations with Dale Sr. I’m sure Junior was aware of those. I hear so much of Neil’s words. Neil did return to racing, and sadly, we lost him in a practice crash at Daytona. I don’t want to say that weighs on Dale Jr. and affects this decision, but he said several times today, that he wants to decide how and when this decision is made. He doesn’t want someone telling him he can’t be in the race car anymore. Just being able to make that decision probably gives him peace.”
–Mike Joy, FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer

“Having worked for Rick Hendrick myself, it’s easy to understand where he is coming from because Rick is that father figure, even if you’re the same age. He is such an unbelievable individual that you want to talk to him. He gives you that comfort level, and with what he has meant to Dale Jr. and to him making the transition from DEI to Hendrick, that bond has grown to the point it’s almost like going in there and telling Dale Sr. that you want to retire.”
–Jeff Hammond, FOX NASCAR analyst

NASCAR RACE HUB: Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he was sad he had to deliver the news because he knew how disappointing it would be for some. How much of the weight of the sport has he carried over the years?
“Sports Business Journal cited that he accounts for 25-percent of the driver merchandise sold in NASCAR. Those are Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan numbers. Saying that Dale Jr. has somewhat carried the popularity of the sport on his back for many years is not inaccurate. I first met him when he showed up in Martinsville one day in his cadet uniform of Oak Ridge Military Academy to see his dad. That was my first encounter with him, and today I saw a very confident young man fully at peace with his decision. Making this announcement now gives his fans almost an entire season to rally behind him and give him a great send-off for a decision that’s truly his. I seen him content and happy but certainly concerned about the sport and its future.:
–Mike Joy, FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer

NASCAR RACE HUB: What do you think his legacy in the sport will be?
“The best thing about Dale Jr. was expressed in a column by Jeff Gluck. He starts out saying Dale Jr. is a normal guy trapped in a superstar’s life. The key to his appeal is he responds to situations much as his fans would. He’s plain-spoken. He’s enthusiastic. He doesn’t get into sponsor-speak and he is very genuine. That resonates with his fans and with all NASCAR fans.”
–Mike Joy, FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer

NASCAR RACE HUB: When he was cleared to race again, he said he was glad he was able to make the decision and it was not made for him. We heard the same thing from him today — that he was able to make the decision to retire. Both scenarios seemed important to him.
“I heard the same thing, and I heard him say several times ‘on my own terms.’ Pause for a second and think about his dad. When I heard him say that a couple of times, I thought, ‘What does he mean by that?’ But Dale Sr. didn’t get the opportunity to retire on his own terms. I believe that a lot of things Dale does and believes are things he learned from his dad. I think he saw some mistakes he thought he could learn from. He stepped up to the mic as composed and as together as I’ve ever seen any athlete when doing what he did today. I was impressed with what he said and how he handled himself. But I think he and all his fans would have loved to have seen Dale Sr. be able to do the same thing. That could have been in the back of his mind when he stepped up to the mic.”
–Darrell Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

NASCAR RACE HUB: How do you think Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s relationship with Rick Hendrick has filled the void of losing his father?
“No one can replace your dad or your son. I can’t speak for either, but as I have watched their relationship grow, it’s like they have helped fill that void in their lives since they lost their dad and son.”
–Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst

“You look for partners in life. You look for people you can lean on. Your teammates, if you will, whether at the races or off the track. I think Rick was both his teammate at the races and off the track, as well … someone he could turn to, confide in and trust. Rick certainly has filled a void in Dale Jr.’s life.”
–Michael Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst and former Earnhardt teammate at Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI)

Matt Yocum with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

FOX NASCAR Quotes: Analysts React to News of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Retirement

FOX NASCAR Analysts React to News of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Retirement Following Conclusion of 2017 NASCAR Season
FS1 to Carry Earnhardt’s Press Conference Live Today at 3:00 PM ET with a Special Edition of NASCAR RACE HUB

CHARLOTTE, NC – Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 14-time most popular driver, announced Tuesday he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Earnhardt, who missed the final 18 races of the 2016 season due to a concussion, will step away from racing after a career spanning most of 19 seasons and more than 600 starts.

Below, FOX NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds and play-by-play announcer Mike Joy share their thoughts on the news.

FS1 is carrying the Dale Earnhardt Jr. press conference live today with a special edition of NASCAR RACE HUB at 3:00 PM ET hosted by Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake. Later in the day, NASCAR RACE HUB airs live at 6:00 PM ET on FS1 with the latest news and analysis.

FOX SPORTS: What was your reaction to the news and its timing?

“Dale Jr. has had a huge impact on our sport – and you can see that every week with his legion of fans and Junior Nation. He has a tremendous sense of the history of NASCAR and, while he shares his father’s name, Dale has made a name for himself with his accomplishments in racing. While we will miss Dale on the track next year, he loves this sport, those working in the industry and the fans too much to ever be too far away.”
–Jeff Gordon, FOX NASCAR analyst and former Earnhardt teammate at Hendrick Motorsports

“We all knew this was coming, but I thought the horizon was farther out and that he might drive for another season or two. I am happy for Dale Jr. because I’m sure it is a decision he has weighed heavily over quite a long time, and it’s one he is comfortable enough with to announce now and go through an entire season of well-wishes from others.”
–Mike Joy, FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer

“When you look at his age, the length of his career and what he has been through the last few years, it’s not surprising. But the timing blew me away – a Tuesday after a Monday makeup race due to a rainout. But for everyone’s sake, including Dale Jr., Rick Hendrick and the new driver, the sooner, the better. It always sounds simple – you just plug another guy into the race car, but a lot of sponsors have to sign off. They have a lot of decisions to make. They have gotten a huge bang for their buck the past few years and they’re losing the most popular driver in any form of motorsports. They must figure out how to market the next driver. For that reason, the sooner, the better.”
–Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst

FOX SPORTS: In a couple of years of each other, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have retired and Carl Edwards stepped away from racing. Are you at all concerned about who will fill their shoes within the garage and among the NASCAR fan base?

“In a very short time, we’ve seen three of the drivers who have had the most impact on the sport in their generation retire and Carl Edwards step aside indefinitely. I remember when (Richard) Petty, (David) Pearson, (Bobby) Allison and (Cale) Yarborough were at the tail end of their careers and everyone was bemoaning, ‘Oh, my gosh, who will step up? Will we have any heroes? Will we have any superstars?’ And, of course, we did. That’s the way sports go. Someone retires and someone else takes their place. I will imagine that by tomorrow morning, everyone from Greg Biffle to Gray Gaulding will have their resume on Rick Hendrick’s desk.”
–Mike Joy, FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer

“From the standpoint of leadership and a driver who is listened to by the industry and fans when he speaks, not to mention his popularity, this is a big hit for NASCAR. But I don’t think Dale Jr. will fade away from view. He has a big presence as a car owner in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. But something tells me we probably will see him as a TV race analyst for one of the networks down the road.”
–Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst

FOX SPORTS: How long will it be until we see the ascendance of the next generation of superstars?

“If you look closely, we’re already seeing it. Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson. We have young drivers with superstar potential that they are just beginning to realize. The difference between this group and the group back in Cale and Bobby’s day is that these young drivers are there already. They are not going to have to race out from underneath the shadow of the established stars because they are making their own way right now. They’re running up front and capable of winning races.”
–Mike Joy, FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer

FOX SPORTS: What legacy does Dale Earnhardt Jr. leave behind in the sport?

“You can’t just pinpoint his legacy in one area. He is one of the most down-to-earth, honest guys who doesn’t always say what everyone wants to hear. What he has done off the track is a huge part of his legacy. The number of Make-A-Wish kids he has entertained at the track, for instance, is astounding, as is his work for people in need. Add in the fact he’s a blue-collar racer, like his dad was.”
–Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst

FOX SPORTS: How difficult will the transition be for Hendrick Motorsports and the driver who replaces Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

“It will be no less difficult than when Tony Stewart left Joe Gibbs Racing. It’s going to be very, very tough. I think William Byron is the heir apparent to the next open seat at Hendrick Motorsports. He has the talent and tools and demeanor, but does he right now have the experience to step into a front-line Cup car? I don’t know. Will they promote him right away or will there be an interim driver until Byron becomes a little more seasoned? I’d be surprised if that isn’t part of the current discussion within the organization.”
–Mike Joy, FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer

“My knee-jerk reaction today would be Alex Bowman to replace Dale Jr. He’s already been in that car and has had some success. He is young and can build upon his previous experience and success. I would hope the thought process isn’t William Byron because he will have only one full year of NASCAR XFINITY Series competition in the books and is only 19 years old. But who knows. There could be someone out there. But it will be sponsorship-driven. It doesn’t matter who Rick Hendrick or Dale Jr. want to replace him as much as what those sponsors want. With the job he did last year and the type of person and driver he is, coupled with his young age, the sport could continue to grow with Alex Bowman.”
–Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst

Darrell Waltrip in the Daytona International Speedway Broadcast Booth

FOX NASCAR Quotes: Bristol Motor Speedway Rainout

Kurt Busch, Gordon, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond Talk Bristol Rainout and New Track Compound

Heavy, persistent rain postponed the start of Sunday’s MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race at Bristol Motor Speedway to Monday at 1:00 PM ET, live on FOX. Below are select quotes from former champion Kurt Busch and FOX NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond (from FOX NASCAR’s pre-race coverage at Bristol, which aired Sunday on NASCAR RACEDAY on FS1 and FOX NASCAR SUNDAY on FOX), as well as an updated programming schedule:

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
• Date/Time: Monday, April 24 (1:00 PM ET)
• Network: FOX
• Announcers: Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and three-time champion Darrell Waltrip, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds
• Pit reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
• NASCAR RACE HUB airs at 6:00 PM ET live on FS1 on Monday

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

FOX SPORTS: We have video of you going out on the track with a temperature gauge yesterday. What were you doing and how have you seen the bottom groove change since the track worked on it with the VHT resin compound?
“It was a barometer to check the temperature of where the VHT was laid down and where our tires were running and where we weren’t running. It’s an incredible difference between where we were with the tires and the VHT versus where we weren’t running on the track. It’s a drag-racing trick I learned. When you do a burnout, it activates the VHT so that it makes it hot. So, when it’s hot and sticky, it’s like glue for your tires. If you’re not in it, literally four inches from where that black was to the white area, was a huge difference in temperature.”
–Kurt Busch on FS1’s NASCAR RACEDAY

FOX SPORTS: When we finally race on Monday, what will the track be like?
“It’s going to be a little bit unpredictable. We got a little bit of an indication Saturday morning during practice when the track was pretty green. Drivers went out and ran the bottom but some of them tried to work on the middle groove. It came in a lot quicker than a lot of people anticipated, so I look for Monday’s race to be a lot like that. Drivers will have to be on their toes a little bit when they start the race. I like what Kurt was doing – he was anticipating how the track was holding heat and how the grip level might be. That’s going to give him a lot of good insight for his crew chief.”
–Jeff Hammond, FOX NASCAR analyst, on FS1’s NASCAR RACEDAY

FOX SPORTS: How will the VHT resin affect the race on Monday?
“It definitely has changed things a lot. When they concreted it the last time, it really created an outside groove and more two-and-three-wide racing. The fans and everybody would agree that what made Bristol so exciting was the bumping and banging, sparks flying, tempers flaring, and having that lane that has so much grip on the bottom has created a lot more of that bottom lane.”
–Jeff Gordon, FOX NASCAR analyst

FOX SPORTS: With the VHT compound down, is the track now similar to the “old Bristol” as far as conditions are concerned?
“Yeah, I was excited about it last summer when they put down half of a lane. Now it’s a full lane. Yesterday after practice, I wanted to check it out. This VHT was derived from the drag-racing world of trying to launch out of the box. It’s heat-activated, so with cars continuing to run, I wanted to see what the temperature was in the VHT versus the other area of the track. It was considerably different. I was trying to gain more knowledge and understand a bit more of what I need to do to find that natural edge. It definitely felt more like the old Bristol yesterday with the VHT … you’re going to see guys moving around. I think it’s the right combo … I’m excited. With the way the race went down yesterday, we saw the old bump-and-run for a victory.”
–Kurt Busch on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY

FOX SPORTS: What has caught your attention in the first seven races of 2017?
“I love what I’ve seen this year. The stages certainly have been interesting to watch and have added a whole new element. What I like are the new faces. Kyle Larson’s dominance. We saw Ryan Blaney dominate for the first half last week. Chase Elliott has really come on at the end of last year and led a bunch of laps this year. I love seeing young, new faces and the excitement that comes with that.”
–Jeff Gordon, FOX NASCAR analyst

“I like the parity. We’ve had seven races and six different organizations won those races. Brad Keselowski is the only driver with two wins. I like the parity among the organizations and manufacturers.”
–Darrell Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

FOX NFL SUNDAY at Super Bowl LI

FOX Sports Owns the Fall: Network Announces 2017 NFL Schedule Following Powerhouse Super Bowl Season

Television’s No. 1 Show, AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK Debuts Sept. 10 at 4:25 PM ET as Seahawks Battle Packers
FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s Most-Watched NFL Pregame Show Since 1994, Enters its 24th Season

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports owns the fall with an impressive slate of professional and collegiate football and MLB postseason coverage, today announcing its 2017 NFL schedule in preparation for its 24th season covering the league.

FOX’s 2017 NFL schedule comes on the heels of the network’s historic presentation of the greatest comeback and first overtime game in Super Bowl history, as the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons to earn their fifth ring in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. Super Bowl LI on FOX delivered a record 172 million total viewers, making it the most-viewed program in U.S. television history.

Presenting a 2017 lineup that includes 100 regular-season games, FOX’s NFL coverage is led by nine editions of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, the country’s most-watched television program for eight straight years. The series kicks off Week 1 when the Seattle Seahawks meet the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4:25 PM ET. Other notable AGOTW matchups this season include Green Bay at Dallas (Week 5); Dallas at Washington (Week 8); Dallas at Atlanta (Week 10); New York Giants at Oakland (Week 13); and Dallas at New York Giants (Week 14). Of the nine installments of AGOTW, eight feature a defending division winner.

FOX kicks off the NFL’s traditional Thanksgiving Day games with the Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions from Ford Field on Thursday, Nov. 23 (12:30 PM ET). And for the second straight year, FOX delivers a Christmas Eve doubleheader highlighted by Seattle Seahawks taking on the Dallas Cowboys from AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Dec. 24 (4:25 PM ET). This year, Week 17 falls on New Year’s Eve and features FOX’s final doubleheader of the season highlighted by several divisional showdowns as teams jockey for position leading into the postseason.

This year’s FOX NFL schedule features nine appearances each by the 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan and the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons, as well as the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. Also featured nine times on FOX this season are two-time Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning and the New York Giants, Super Bowl Champion Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl Champion Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Once the playoff field is determined, FOX presents live postseason coverage that includes an NFC Wild Card Game, an NFC Divisional Playoff matchup and the NFC Championship Game. Last season’s NFC Divisional game between Green Bay and Dallas, in which the Packers won on a last-second field goal, averaged 48.522 million viewers and is the most-watched NFL Divisional Playoff Game ever on any network.

Each week during the NFL season, coverage begins with FOX NFL KICKOFF (11:00 AM ET), followed by FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00 PM ET), America’s most-watched pregame show for 23 straight years, which recently earned six nominations for this year’s 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards. Since its inception in September of 1994, FOX NFL SUNDAY has garnered 20 Emmy Awards for its production and personalities.

FOX’s 2017 NFL coverage begins with a preseason doubleheader on Sunday, August 27. Beginning with a trip to Nissan Stadium, the Chicago Bears look to fill the void left by Jay Cutler as they face off against the Tennessee Titans at 1:00 PM ET. The Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins clash at FedEx Field immediately following at 4:30 PM ET.

The full FOX NFL schedule can be viewed as a PDF below.

Tyron Woodley

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Woodley Picks Swanson Over Lobov

Swanson on the risk fighting Lobov: “If I show I’m a better fighter, then there’s nothing to worry about. I have to perform.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – On UFC TONIGHT, guest host Tyron Woodley interviews former fighter and TJ Dillashaw coach Duane Ludwig about this season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. Plus, Karyn Bryant and Woodley interview Cub Swanson about his main event Saturday night. Dominick Cruz joins to breakdown this season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

UFC TONIGHT guest host Tyron Woodley on opening training camp and his next opponent: “I’m just training to be the best in the world. We’ll just have to wait and see [who I fight]. ”

Woodley on Cub Swanson facing on Artem Lobov in the main event of FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT this Saturday: “Cub comes forward, throws spinning stuff and flying knees. He never stops coming forward. That’s why he’s a finisher. You’re always in for an exciting fight with Cub. His keys to win this fight, he needs to be aggressive and he needs to vary his attack. You never know what direction he’s coming from.”

Woodley on Lobov being an underdog: “He has nothing to lose in this fight. He’s a brawler. He has a puncher’s chance in this fight. It’s a main event. He’s trained with the best in the world including Conor McGregor. We should see some improvements in his game. They’re always trying to add to their arsenal. His keys are he has to close the distance. He can’t fight Cub from the outside. And he needs to land the takedown. That gives him more opportunity to land the damage and pull the upset.”

Woodley picks Swanson to beat Lobov: “I’ve got to go with the experienced veteran. He’s the longer opponent and has about five inches of reach on Lobov. I think it’ll probably be a TKO in the second round. He’ll overwhelm him, see that he’s hurt and will take him out.”

Woodley’s one fighter to watch this Saturday: “Al Iaquinta has been off for two years, and I’m excited about what he does when he comes back.”

Woodley picks Iaquinta over Diego Sanchez: “Al has been out two years. Al is going in there raging, with a point to prove.”

Cub Swanson on why he’s fighting the unranked Artem Lobov: “I fought most of the people in the top ten, and the UFC doesn’t like to do rematches unless they’re for title fights. There are a lot of guys coming up. He was talking crap and he was talking a lot, so I said sure, let’s do it.”

Swanson on his beef with Lobov: “I don’t feel like he had the record to be in the UFC. There are more deserving people with better records. But he’s here now and he called me out, so I don’t like him.”

Swanson on if he has more to lose in this fight: “The only way to step backwards is to have a bad performance. I’m planning on going out there and having a better performance and proving why I should be considered for the next title fight.”

Swanson on if he has more to lose in this fight: “Yeah, there’s more to lose for me. But If I show I’m a better fighter, then there’s nothing to worry about. I have to go out there and perform.”

Swanson on finally getting his photo up at Jackson’s gym: “Things happening later for me. Getting the Fighter of the Year Award was great. That was the first time I’ve been nominated for anything. I’ve been here for 13 years and I’ve never fought for a title. Things are coming later for me.”

Swanson if he wants a title shot: “Ultimately it’s up to the UFC who they give the title fights to. That’s out of my control. The only things I control are winning and putting on a good performance for the fans and being a fan favorite. That takes the pressure off.”

VIDEO: Interview: Swanson talks career, previews his fight vs. Lobov
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_35TM0IP5g

Woodley on Demetrious Johnson’s performance last weekend: “He was a perfect and flawless fighter. He looked like he was drilling. To go out there and overwhelm your opponent like he did was just amazing. He got back to being himself. He got the job done.”

Woodley on who should be next for Johnson: “I think he should fight Ray Borg. I’m not a fan of unwarranted re-matches. He’s gone through the division. This is a fresh matchup.”

Woodley on Rose Namajunas: “You can always tell when she’s ready to fight. You can see it in her eyes. She was ready to go. They got into some great exchanges. But Michelle turned her back toward her, and she got kicked in the head. Michelle didn’t want to give up, but her neck was available and Rose got her out of there.”

Woodley on if Namajunas should get the next title shot vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk: “I think it’s a no-brainer. It’s a very intriguing matchup against Joanna. But if Jessica defeats Joanna, they’ll have to run that fight back.”

Dominick Cruz on Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw on TUF: “I know Cody is a hot head, and I know TJ tries to act like he’s not. TJ tries to put out an appearance that he’s a good guy and not a hot head.”

Duane Ludwig on the beef between Garbrandt and Dillashaw: “I try to stay clear of the beef. I’m a martial arts instructor. I don’t know why there was a beef at all. I was wrapped up in it in the beginning. Now I focus on the training.”

Ludwig on the animosity between Garbrandt and Dillashaw: “It’s going to be good TV, but I stay clear of that as much as possible. On THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER, I’m there to train the fighters. It was intense. All of it was from the other coaches’ standpoint. We’re cool.”

Ludwig on if he was the cause of the beef: “I was head coach for a while in Sacramento. I went home and I opened up my own place. I had a childhood dream of opening up my own dojo in my home of Colorado. It rubbed some people the wrong way.”

Ludwig on Dillashaw’s game plan to beat Garbrandt: “Cody is great if he’s right in front of you. It involves footwork. TJ just needs to be TJ. He doesn’t need me to be the champion again. He will be champion again.”

Ludwig on if Garbrandt matchup against Dillashaw is the hardest he’s had: “The Cruz matchup was a tougher fight because of the footwork and lead up to the fight. With this one, I’ve trained both guys. They know our system from two years ago but we’ve evolved the system. It’ll be the new BMT system against the old BMT system from two years ago.”

VIDEO: Interview: Team Dillashaw coach Duane Ludwig previews TUF 25
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJQ7ii9oJqg

VIDEO: Is Demetrious Johnson the greatest off all-time? | Tommy Toe Hold
http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/video/924716611860

Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon

FOX NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Live on FOX; NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Live on FS1 from Bristol
Harvick in NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Booth as Analyst Saturday on FS1

CHARLOTTE, NC – NASCAR heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer 18 hours of live action from the half-mile concrete oval. Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, April 23 (2:00 PM ET) and FS1’s live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on Saturday, April 22 (1:00 PM ET).

During the week, FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and information program, continues Mondays through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET. Additionally, the NASCAR RACE HUB PODCAST launched recently and is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play Music.

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Darrell Waltrip (winningest NASCAR premier series driver in Bristol history with 12) and Jeff Hammond and play-by-play announcer Mike Joy.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Sunday, April 23 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FOX
  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and three-time champion Darrell Waltrip, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds
  • Pit reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
  • Hosts: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
  • Pre-race:
    • FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (1:30 PM ET on FOX); hosted by Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip; reporters Little, Neville, Welch and Yocum
    • FOX NASCAR SUNDAY goes behind-the-scenes at Hendrick Motorsports this week to feature the men and women working at the shop to make the No. 48 a winning team.
    • NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analysts Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Kaitlyn Vincie and Kenny Wallace
    • NASCAR RACEDAY offers a Kenny Wallace “Riding Shotgun” feature with Kyle Larson, in addition to live interviews with Kurt Busch, Erik Jones and Kasey Kahne.
  • Post-Race: NASCAR VICTORY LANE (8:30 PM ET on FS1; delayed)

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 22 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Kevin Harvick
  • Pit reporters: Chris Neville, Jamie Little and Matt Yocum
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake with analysts Michael Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Kenny Wallace and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • Hosts: Spake and McReynolds

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On how stage racing has evolved in the first seven races of the season:
“I originally was concerned about how drivers would adapt to putting it all on the line to win stages. But when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch got together at the end of the second stage at Martinsville, it proved the importance of a driver’s finishing position in a stage, in addition to the significance of knowing a caution is coming and they must get back on the lead lap. That moment validated previous assertions that stage racing has elevated the sport. Anytime drivers used to race against the rain, racing would intensify because they knew the race could end any minute. That’s what we have now at the end of stages 1 and 2.”
–Mike Joy, FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer

“It’s not only about money but points and how they affect drivers as they go into the Championship Round, because points now put a value on the different stages. I wasn’t too sure how it would work out in the beginning, but I completely embrace stage racing now.”
–Jeff Hammond, FOX NASCAR analyst

On the favorite to win this weekend at Bristol:
“It should be an interesting battle between Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s game. I can promise you it won’t be a repeat winner from last spring, though [Carl Edwards].”
–Darrell Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

On the effect of Bristol Motor Speedway adding VHT resin to the race track last year:
“The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ran on it first, so we already had one race with the compound when the XFINITY and Cup cars raced on it. By then, it had worn down considerably but still allowed drivers to use the bottom groove and make passes. That was the goal – to be able to use the bottom to at least maintain position or even pass the guy who was on the outside groove, which has so much grip. Honestly, I don’t know why they don’t move the compound further up the track — maybe coat the bottom plus another half a groove.”
–Darrell Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

On the possibility of Jimmie Johnson going on a run now that he has his first win of the season:
“Lots of drivers get one win and people say, ‘Well, they finally figured it out.’ That could happen with multiple teams this weekend. If it were anybody but seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, I’d say wait and see. But a lot of times with the No. 48 team, they win and their momentum carries over. I hardly ever look at Bristol, though, and say a team has finally figured everything out. The track is an anomaly, so I don’t necessarily judge a team’s strength by what they do there. If you do well at Texas, Bristol and then Richmond, then we can claim progress. Johnson might go through some races without the expected success, but he won’t stay down.”
–Darrell Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

On whether Kyle Larson will maintain his hot streak:
“He just needs to win more and at more varied tracks. He and his team have shown phenomenal consistency this year, and their car is fast. Bristol and Richmond will be a good test for them because they’ve run well on the bigger tracks, but these short tracks require more driver finesse. We always knew Larson was talented, but the cars weren’t as good as he was. Now they match up a little more. It will be interesting to see where they go from here.”
–Darrell Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

FOX NASCAR AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, April 21
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (11:30 AM-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (3:30-4:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (4:30-6:00 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, April 22
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (8:30-9:30 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (9:30-11:00 AM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (11:00 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (12:00-12:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (1:00-3:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (3:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, April 23
NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30-1:30 PM) (FS1)
FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (1:30-2:00 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (2:00-5:30 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR VICTORY LANE (8:30-9:00 PM) (FS1) (delayed)

Tyron Woodley

UFC Welterweight Champion Woodley Serves as Analyst for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. LOBOV

Stann and Grisham Call the Fights on Saturday

LOS ANGELES – UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) and retired lightweight contender Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) serve as analysts on the FOX Sports desk with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. LOBOV on FS1 and FS2 on Saturday, April 22. Reporter Laura Sanko (@laura_sanko) interviews fighters on-site.

Retired middleweight Brian Stann (@BrianStann) joins blow-by-blow announcer Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) to call the fights live from Nashville, Tenn. UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.

The five-round headliner features the surging No. 4-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson (24-7) versus hard-hitting European standout Artem Lobov (14-12-1, 1NC) in an explosive showdown. According to FOX UFC Analyst Daniel Cormier, these two will deliver an exciting headliner. “Cub Swanson is willing to engage the young guy in these types of all-action fights. You know Artem Lobov is going to come forward, throw big punches and try to secure a knockout. But Cub’s not going anywhere. He will stand in front of him and fight him strike-for-strike.” Watch the extended preview from last week’s FS1 UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

The three-hour main card begins on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10:00 PM ET and features five more exciting fights. No. 14-ranked lightweight Al Iaquinta (12-3-1) fights Diego Sanchez (29-9), while No. 8-ranked Ovince Saint Preux (19-10) and Marcos Rogerio De Lima (15-5-1) square off in a light heavyweight bout. No. 7-ranked bantamweight John Dodson (19-8) fights No. 10 Eddie Wineland (23-11-1), while lightweight veteran Joe Lauzon (27-13) and Stevie Ray (20-6) go to battle. No. 13-ranked Jake Ellenberger (31-12) and Mike Perry (9-1) open the main card with an exciting welterweight bout.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS are on FS2 and FOX Deportes at 8:00 PM ET, with four bouts. No. 11-ranked middleweight Thales Leites (26-7) and No. 13 Sam Alvey (30-8, 1NC) collide. No. 8-ranked flyweight Dustin Ortiz (16-6) takes on No. 10 Brandon Moreno (13-3), while Scott Holtzman (9-2) fights Michael McBride (8-2) in a lightweight tilt. No. 14-ranked Jessica Penne (12-5) and Danielle Taylor (8-2) open the PRELIMS with a strawweight bout.

Saturday’s coverage begins on FS2 (7:00 PM ET) with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, with Bryant, Woodley, Edwards, and Sanko. The action wraps up after immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW. The FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Friday, April 21 (8:00 PM ET) on FS1 with the same studio crew.

On Wednesday (7:00 PM ET, FS1), UFC TONIGHT’s Bryant and guest host Woodley preview Saturday’s FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT and interview Swanson.

Watch Swanson give a behind the scenes look at his fight week on PROcast. Fans can see this all-access content on the Fox Sports PROcast and UFC on FOX social pages. On the popular FOXSports.com podcast “Fight Society,” host Damon Martin previews the fight card. The podcast is available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFCNashville fights this Sunday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FOX, FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store or on connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NET*
Wednesday,

April 19

7:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1
Friday,

April 21

8:00 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1
Saturday,

April 22

7:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS2
Saturday,

April 22

8:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS2 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

April 22

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. LOBOV FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

April 22

1:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1
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BIG3 Unveils Full Season Schedule

Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle and Dallas among Stops in 10-Week Season
Anticipated League Brings Professional Basketball to Seattle, Lexington (Ky.), Tulsa and Nashville
BIG3 Also Announces Coach Pairings for Each Team

NEW YORK, NY – The BIG3, the highly-anticipated 3-on-3 professional basketball league, has unveiled its full 10-week schedule. The season will tip off June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, followed by regular season stops in basketball hotbeds Charlotte, Philadelphia, Tulsa, Nashville, Dallas, Lexington (Ky.) and Los Angeles. The BIG3 Playoffs will bring professional basketball back to Seattle on Aug. 20. The inaugural season Champions will be crowned in Las Vegas on Aug. 26.

Fans across the country finally can see some of their favorite players up close and in person again. Whether with family or friends, this electrifying new league will take centerstage all season long and create a one-of-a-kind live experience and appointment television every week.

The BIG3 games in Philadelphia will mark the return to the city of NBA Hall of Famers and Philadelphia 76ers icons Allen Iverson and Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving. In addition to bringing basketball back to Seattle, the league playoffs will provide Seattle fans the chance to see SuperSonics legends Gary Payton and Rashard Lewis. Other stops will include Rupp Arena, the most famous college basketball venue in the country, and Los Angeles’ Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.

“When we created the BIG3, we set out to bring elite basketball talent and highly competitive 3-on-3 action to fans across the country,” said BIG3 President and Commissioner, Roger Mason Jr. “We couldn’t be more excited to deliver on that promise and unveil our 2017 season schedule including cities that are home to some of the sport’s most diehard fans.”

The full schedule, including venues is as follows:

2017 BIG3 SEASON SCHEDULE

  • June 25: Barclays Center | Brooklyn, New York
  • July 2: Spectrum Center | Charlotte, North Carolina
  • July 9: BOK Center | Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • July 16: Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • July 23: Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, Tennessee
  • July 30: American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas
  • August 6: Rupp Arena | Lexington, Kentucky
  • August 13: Staples Center | Los Angeles, California
  • August 20: Key Arena | Seattle, Washington (Playoffs)
  • August 26: T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas, Nevada (Championship Finals)

BIG3 games will be played every Sunday in a different city, in a quadruple header at the same venue. Games will be presented the following night in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 in a thrilling “Monday Night Basketball” experience. The league championship will be played on Saturday, Aug. 26 and broadcast live on the FOX broadcast network at 4:30 p.m. ET. Tickets for most dates will go on sale May 6 at Ticketmaster.com.

The Player Captains and Coaches of each team have been announced:

  • 3’s Company: Captains Player/Coach Allen Iverson and DerMarr Johnson
  • Three-Headed Monsters: Captains Rashard Lewis and Jason Williams, Coach Gary Payton
  • Killer 3s: Captains Chauncey Billups and Stephen Jackson, Player/Coach Charles Oakley
  • Ghost Ballers: Captains Mike Bibby and Ricky Davis, Coach George Gervin
  • Trilogy: Captains Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington, Coach Rick Mahorn
  • Tri-State: Captains Jermaine O’Neal and Bonzi Wells, Coach Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving
  • Power: Corey Maggette and Cuttino Mobley, Coach Clyde Drexler
  • Ball Hogs: Brian Scalabrine, PLAYER X, Coach Rick Barry

More than 70 former NBA stars have signed on to compete for the remaining 24 spots on the BIG3’s 8 teams. Players currently eligible for the 2017 BIG3 draft and vying for the remaining roster spots include: Latrell Sprewell, Steve Francis, Kendall Gill, Keith Bogans, Isaiah ‘J.R.’ Rider, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Marcus Banks, Earl Boykins, Derrick Byars, Josh Childress, Brian Cook, Ndudi Ebi, Reggie Evans, Donte Greene, Shane Heal, Larry Hughes, Mike James, Ivan Johnson, Jumaine Jones, Voshon Lenard, Rashad McCants, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Lawrence Moten, Ronald Murray, Lee Nailon, Andre Owens, Smush Parker, Jamario Moon, Ruben Patterson, Eddie Robinson, Xavier Silas, Joe Smith, DeShawn Stevenson, Mike Sweetney, Etan Thomas, Hakim Warrick, and James White.

Featuring professional basketball’s first four-point shot, BIG3 games will be packed with highly skilled, intensely competitive matchups in the world’s most popular form of basketball – 3-on-3. The winning team will be the first to score 60 points. BIG3 games highlight the biggest basketball superstars competing at the highest competitive level. The league structure encourages this incredibly, competitive group of players to vie for a revenue share based on final league standings.

For more information and to sign up for news updates, visit www.BIG3.com.