UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier Serves as Desk Analyst with No. 1-Ranked Bantamweight Cruz
LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports has set its broadcast team for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: JOHNSON VS. REIS on FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday, April 15 (8:00 PM ET). UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@DC_MMA) works as desk analyst with former champion and current No. 1-ranked bantamweight Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) in Kansas City for Friday and Saturday’s coverage. Curt Menefee (@CurtMenefee) hosts the FOX broadcast network shows, while Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) joins the desk as host for the FS1 and FS2 programs. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site.
Retired middleweight Brian Stann (@BrianStann) joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call the fights live from Kansas City.UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.
In the main event on FOX, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (25-2-1) puts his belt on the line against the No. 3-ranked Brazilian challenger Wilson Reis (22-6). A win for Johnson ties Anderson Silva’s record for most consecutive UFC title defenses (10). FOX UFC analysts Kenny Florian and Yves Edwards preview of the fight from last Saturday’s FS1 UFC 210 POSTFIGHT SHOW here.
Also featured during Saturday’s two-hour main card, No. 4-ranked strawweight Rose Namajunas (6-3) fights No. 6 Michelle Waterson (14-4), while No. 3-ranked Brazilian middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (24-4, 1NC) and No. 6 Robert Whittaker (18-4) square off. No. 5-ranked featherweight Jeremy Stephens (25-13) and Renato Moicano (10-0-1) open the main card.
The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FOX and FOX Deportes begin at 6:00 PM ET and feature four more bouts. No. 11-ranked heavyweight Alexander Volkov (27-6) and Roy Nelson (22-13) collide. Bantamweight Patrick Williams (8-4) takes on Tom Duquesnoy (14-1), while Bobby Green (23-7) fights Rashid Magomedov (19-2) in a lightweight tilt. Plus, No. 12-ranked Louis Smolka (11-3) and No. 9 Tim Elliot (14-7-1) open the PRELIMS with a flyweight scrap.
Saturday’s coverage begins on FS2 (5:00 PM ET) with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Grisham with analysts Cormier and Cruz. The action wraps up after the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW. The FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place Friday, April 14 (6:00 PM ET) on FS1 with the same studio crew.
On Wednesday (8:00 PM ET, FS1), UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian and guest host Tyron Woodley preview FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT and interview Johnson about his upcoming record-tying title defense.
FOXSports.com features FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT preview articles leading up to the fight, and senior UFC writer Damon Martin interviews headliner Johnson, as well as Namajunas and Waterson about their co-main event on FOX Sports’ popular podcast “Fight Society.” The podcast is available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Facebook and Twitter to get a look at fight week and throughout the #UFCKansasCity fights Saturday.
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 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.
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FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
|8:00 PM ET||UFC TONIGHT||FS1|
|6:00 PM ET||FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW||FS1|
|5:00 PM ET||UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW||FS2|
|6:00 PM ET||FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS||FOX / FOX Deportes|
|8:00 PM ET||FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: JOHNSON VS. REIS||FOX / FOX Deportes|
|10:00 PM ET||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW||FS1|
*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO