Month: July 2017

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UFC POSTFIGHT Quotes – Florian on Jones’ Victory Over Cormier

Bisping on Woodley Defeating Maia: “It was a technical fight. Woodley had to have a cerebral approach to this fight. He was fighting a specialist. He successfully defended 21 takedowns.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – The following quotes and videos are from tonight’s FS1 UFC 214 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1 hosted by Karyn Bryant, with Michael Bisping and Kenny Florian providing analysis. Megan Olivi conducted interviews.

FOX UFC analyst Kenny Florian on Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones: “I had Daniel Cormier up two rounds, but if you keep a pattern, a good fighter will figure out the pattern. Cormier wasn’t moving his head much. Jon Jones was able to adjust and went upstairs with that kick and got Cormier.”

FOX UFC analyst Michael Bisping on Jones comeback victory: “It was a very impressive win by Jon Jones. It looked like DC was going to cruise to a victory and then boom. DC was bullying him around the Octagon. DC was stalking him down. He was winning the fight. Up until that point, I didn’t think it wasn’t a particularly impressive performance by Jones.”

Florian on Jones’ performance and Cormier’s mistake: “You’ve got to call Jones a winner. He’s one of the smartest fighters I’ve ever seen. He got the win and stoppage. DC was landing on Jones all night. But DC’s hands were down, he was leaning forward and he was susceptible to that high kick. Maybe Jones was baiting him in and maybe waiting for him to tire out. Cormier did a better job blocking the kicks this fight than he did last time. But he didn’t move his head and he wasn’t feinting his way in. And he got predictable. I saw Jones adapt to a vastly improved Cormier. He’s the only person to ever beat Cormier. He solidified himself as the greatest of all time.”

Bisping on Jones: “Jones is now the first man to stop DC. He can be so impressive and he’s scary. It was an amazing finish. I was a little frustrated by Jones in the fight. He wasn’t using the jab as a fundamental way to keep DC from coming in on him. He wasn’t playing to his strengths. For a shorter guy like Cormier, to be landing his hooks, says something. He wasn’t feinting in, but he was winning.”

Florian on if he’d like to see Jones fight Brock Lesnar next: “The titles aren’t always the biggest fight you can get. That’s the fight you want to go for. Looking at what he’s done so far, that’s a fight I’d like to see him.”

Bisping on Jones vs. Lesnar: “It’s a freak show. Of course you want to see it.”

Florian on what’s next for Cormier: “It would not be a bad decision if he wanted retirement. He really wanted to beat Jon Jones. He went in to MMA a little late. There’s no doubt he won’t be a Hall of Famer and he deserves retirement if he wants.”

Bisping on Cormier’s next move: “There’s no way he’s going to walk away after that finish. He doesn’t want that to be the lasting memory.”

Bisping on who he’d like Jones to fight next: “I want to see the return of Anthony Johnson. I’d like that for Jones.”

VIDEO: Highlights: Cormier vs. Jones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPxFKNwI2X8

Jon Jones on getting the finish: “My goal was to finish the fight before the championship rounds. I expect more out of myself at this stage of my career.”

Jones on if he felt pressure going into the fight: “Honestly, no pressure. My faith has grown. I’m 30 years old now. I’m at a different level in my career now.”

Jones on the third round: “Cormier connected punches on me a lot. He did really good. I felt like I had round one, but two and three were competitive. I thought he did great. It’s great to beat him at his best.”

Jones on if he planned to finish Cormier with a head kick: “I watched the AJ fight and my first fight with him. He came close to getting dropped by the high kick. We were patient and waiting and the opportunity came and we took it.”

Jones on wanting to fight Brock Lesnar: “I’m up for it. It’s about time for me to be in a super fight. Fans want me to challenge myself and get to heavyweight and challenge the biggest and scariest guy in the Octagon. There’s a lot of fresh blood in the light heavyweight division. We’d like to rule the division. But I feel like I don’t have much to prove. But I’d like to challenge myself and get paid. I haven’t worked much.”

Jones on closing his chapter with Cormier: “This fight represents so much – my journey and staying faithful through my mistakes. I’ve been a dumbass. But I stayed faithful and didn’t give up. To close this chapter with him is great. I beat him the first time, off of steroids, and now the second time, off of steroids. The chapter is closed.”

VIDEO: Interview: Jon Jones
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/891536090808541184

Florian on Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia: “Woodley didn’t want to take a chance today. He got it done against a guy not very many people have figured out. He also beat Wonderboy, another specialist, twice. He had to be patient in the fight, he had to be careful and it was a very technical fight. Woodley had a much deeper arsenal than Maia, but we didn’t see it tonight.”

Bisping on how Woodley defeated Maia: “It was a technical fight. Woodley had to have a cerebral approach to this fight. He was fighting a specialist. He successfully defended 21 takedowns. He defended all of them. He won the fight. Was it the best, no? But he did the job and walked out of the Octagon the champion. He beat a guy who was very skilled in one area. Would I have liked to see him take more chances, gone for the finish and take calculated risks? Yes.”

Tyron Woodley on if he hurt his hand in the fight: “No, my shoulder slipped out a little in the second round on an overhand right. I had to keep it tight after that. I couldn’t smoke him with overhand rights like I wanted to. But I’m an athlete and you just have to deal with it. He took 20 shots trying to take me down and didn’t once, and he’s won seven in a row and he’s submitted more than half of them. We’re satisfied with the victory.”

Woodley on winning the fight: “In the end, it’s about winning and fighting the right fight. Every time I threw an overhand right, he tried to take me down. I had to throw straight shots and even had to eat a couple from him.”

VIDEO: Interview: Woodley on his win
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYqF3jlQMOo

VIDEO: Highlights: Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZDUWM37Fm8

VIDEO: Cris Cyborg on her win over Tonya Evinger, becoming featherweight champion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2wtjwk4Fek

Dana White on Jones defeat of Cormier: “What Jones just accomplished is next to impossible. After such a long layoff and the way Cormier was coming after him. I had it one round each going into the third.”

White on Jones vs. Lesnar: “It’s interesting. Brock said he’d like to fight him and Jones said he would like to fight him. I haven’t talked to Brock recently, plus there’s USADA. I think he’d need six months once he’s back from suspension before he could fight again.”

White on the Woodley vs. Maia bout: “There’s not much to be pleased about with that fight or to talk about. They broke a record for throwing the least amount of punches.”

White on Cyborg vs. Evinger: “Tonya is tough as nails. She went out to try and win. I respect it.”

White on Lawler vs. Cerrone: “Lawler came right out and tried to finish Cowboy. And Cowboy stuck in there and made it a fight. The only thing that sucked was it was only three rounds.”

VIDEO: Dana White Interview
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/891540520337457153
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OQi73WJOnE

VIDEO: Bisping addresses the possibility of a GSP/Woodley fight vs. him fighting GSP.
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/891542637156515840

VIDEO: Highlights: Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJZVgZqWEo8

VIDEO: Ricardo Lamas brutally finishes Jason Knight | UFC 214 HIGHLIGHTS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZuaUsObKIs

VIDEO: Brian Ortega stays undefeated with beautiful guillotine vs. Renato Moicano
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE9oD8XFGz4

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USA’s Gold Cup Win Over Jamaica Scores on FS1

Championship Match Delivers Record Digital Numbers

LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. Men’s National Team’s thrilling 2-1 victory over Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final on Wednesday (7/26) drew 1,772,000 viewers to FS1, up +117% over the 2015 championship match. The contest was Wednesday’s most-watched cable telecast in the Adults 18-49 demographic.

The victory also drew huge numbers on digital, with an average minute audience of 71,742 tuning in on FOX Sports GO, the largest audience ever on the platform for a soccer event.

FOX Sports’ extensive soccer coverage continues next week with the 2017 MLS All-Star Game, as U.S. MNT stars Tim Howard and Michael Bradley lead the MLS All-Stars against Real Madrid. Coverage begins Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 8:30 PM ET on FS1 live from Soldier Field in Chicago.

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Picks Cormier to Beat Jones

Bisping picks Woodley to beat Maia: “Can Maia take him down? Ultimately, the fight stays on the feet and ends with a knockout for Woodley.”
Plus Cormier, Jones, Woodley and Cyborg Interviews

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and guest host Michael Bisping, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew catches up with UFC 214 headliners Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, plus Tyron Woodley and Cris Cyborg before their title fights this weekend.

UFC TONIGHT guest host Michael Bisping on who he’ll fight next: “I don’t know now. At UFC 213, I agreed to fight the winner of Whittaker vs. Romero. Robert Whittaker won and I agreed to fight him and coach The Ultimate Fighter against him, but he’s injured until next year. I’ll fight somebody. Maybe GSP, maybe Nick Diaz or someone else.”

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones: “In this fight, we have the two best light heavyweights in UFC history going at it. Cormier has to come in better shape this time. He took off round four in the last fight and he paid for it. The way he pressures Jones is important. In the first fight he really went after him. He’s got to be careful. I think he underestimated the wrestling of Jon Jones in the last fight.”

Bisping on Cormier’s ability: “DC started his career at heavyweight. In Strikeforce he became heavyweight championship and he beat some great names at heavyweight. The only loss on his record is to Jon Jones. He’s got incredible wrestling, good knockout power and comes in great shape.”

Florian on what’s impressive about Jones: “The most impressive thing about him is his ability to adapt in a fight. He can change ranges in a fight. He’s a long fighter, but can go short in the clinch and use short elbows and knees to body. He has one of the best minds in the game too.”

Bisping on Jones’ greatness: “Jon is the best ever at light heavyweight. Jon has great wrestling and a diverse striking game. He’s so dangerous with his animalistic aggression.”

Bisping on Cormier’s keys to victory: “He’s got to push the pace to tire out Jon Jones. He’s got to get inside and land the takedown. If he puts him on his back, he’ll take away some of Jon’s best weapons. He had a tough time in the first fight taking him down.”

Florian on Jones’ keys to victory: “He has a huge reach advantage he has to use it. He also has to use his wrestling. He actually outwrestled Cormier in the first fight. He’s got to attack the body with knees and kicks to try to slow him down, like he did in the first fight.”

Both Bisping and Florian pick Cormier to win. Florian explains: “Cormier has done a lot of camp in preparation for Jones. I think he’s going to be much better and we’re going to see the best Daniel Cormier we’ve ever seen. Jones has been out of the game for a little bit. DC will win.”

Daniel Cormier on the rivalry with Jones: “I’ve been looking forward to this rematch since I lost the first fight. Two and a half years has been a long time waiting for him. After I beat him, I can get back to my job.”

Jon Jones on his emotions: “I’ve brought it with me thus far. I train four times a day. I think that’s a lot. I train, rehydrate, rest and train. I live to train. It’s hard. I’m 30 years old. I say Jon, you should chill. Then I think about DC and I’m pretty sure that he’s not training four times a day. He encourages me to train more. I’ve fought the top guys. I’m always the same guy come fight night – no nervousness or butterflies. I’m doing what God put me on my planet to do – fighting. I’m not a commentator or anything. My passion is to be the best fighter in the world. I go out there and fight.”

Cormier on Jones’ commentary: “You tried to have a commentator job and you sucked.”

Jones on his commentator effort: “I was offered it. But I was young. You know what I don’t suck at? You saw it. You were crying. Actually, I don’t want to be a commentator. I just want to beat you.”

Cormier on what will be different this time: “We’ve prepared for him in training camp. I’ve always said he’s a special talent. You have to do things different for him. Had we fought last July, I wouldn’t have been prepared. But I’ve had two and a half years to prepare. All those other guys were just speed bumps.”

Jones on if he’ll shake hands with Cormier after the fight: “Absolutely, I’d like to. I feel bad after the last fight. I’ll be more classy this time.”

Cormier on what he’ll say to Jones after he beats him: “What are you going to say this time? I love that he did that. You kick me while I’m down, and it made me train harder. One of the favorite things you say, this is combat. That made me train so much harder. I saw you crying when you got popped for steroids.”

Jones on why he didn’t talk to Dana White for so long: “Dana reached out a few times, but I just didn’t answer his calls or text messages. Dana’s shown his true colors. When you’re making him money, you’re his everything, but he’s not when you’re not he disappears. Now I’m just talking to Ari when it comes to business.”

VIDEO: Cormier and Jones ahead of UFC 214
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZg6OFkLRV8

Bisping on Demian Maia’s wrestling and jiu-jitsu skills: “Since he’s come down to welterweight, he’s been working tirelessly on wresting. That single leg is amazing. Once he gets you to floor, it’s not game over, but you have to be careful. Tyron’s one of the hardest hitters in the division.”

Florian on how Woodley should approach Maia: “Maia will be the bigger fighter, but Woodley will be faster. Woodley needs to be patient and not rush forward and avoid Maia’s takedowns. He was patient for all five rounds against Wonderboy. He’ll have to do that against Maia.”

Bisping picks Woodley to beat Maia: “I think it comes down to can Maia take Woodley down and can he submit him? Ultimately, it stays on the feet and it ends with a knockout for Woodley.”

Florian picks Woodley as well: “Wrestler-strikers have always been a tough matchup for jiu-jitsu guys I think Tyron is a tough style matchup for Maia. I pick Woodley.”

Tyron Woodley on how he’ll beat Demian Maia: “I’m going to go out there, take him down and submit him.”

Woodley on training at American Top Team: “I did a couple of weeks at Roufusport and a couple of weeks at American Top Team. If you have the access to all these black belts to train with, I’d be crazy not to train with them. And I was already training anyway.”

Woodley on why beating Maia won’t mean that much: “The fans don’t respect jiu-jitsu. The fans want to see a war. I respect his jiu-jitsu, but his Brazilian iiu-jitsu excellence isn’t as exciting and that’s why it won’t propel me up the pound-for-pound list. If he can’t take me down, it’s going to be a short night. He’s very aggressive to take you down in the early rounds. But if he waits, than fatigue sets him.”

Woodley on working for FOX Sports a week before his title fight: “I like to have healthy distractions. I brought my whole training camp with me to New York and I trained at night time and worked out again in the mornings. But I was already ready to fight last week.”

Woodley on fighting Georges St-Pierre: “I think Georges wants to fight Michael because Michael is a big draw. He’s a good at selling the fights. GSP left the sport because of concussions. I’m going to give him a concussion and try to knock him out. I’m not saying he’s scared to fight me. But if you’re weighing risk vs. reward, I’m just not the number-one person on his list.”

VIDEO: Tyron Woodley and Michael Bisping discuss the St-Pierre situation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGWtaaccGfg

VIDEO: Florian and Bisping Preview Woodley vs. Maia
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/890373901502398464

Cris Cyborg on if Tonya Evinger has the best grappling skills she’s faced: “She has more experience. But I like the stand-up game. I have my grappling game too. But I like to box.”

Cyborg on the former featherweight champion not wanting to fight her: “It’s embarrassing. She’s sick in her mind. Before she accepted the title fight, she knew she’d have to fight me if she won the belt. I don’t think she’s the champ.”

Cyborg on Rousey: “Everyone would like to see me fight her. I wanted to fight the real Ronda, when she was beating everyone. But now she has two losses and is not the real Ronda. But I’ll never be 135. If she wins again, maybe we’ll fight at 145.”

Cyborg on her relationship with Dana White: “We’re getting fixed. He said he made some mistakes. It’s cool he said it. I want to work together. I know I can do a lot for the UFC. Saturday is going to be my third fight and it’s going to be happy.”

VIDEO: Cris Cyborg Interview
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/890395089020702720

VIDEO: Florian and Bisping discuss Paulie Malignaggi sparring with Conor McGregor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqvIgpRN6ho

VIDEO: Charlize Theron Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CI8U32d-fA

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Two-Time NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Champ Bodine Says Trucks Must “Be Driven Harder” at Pocono than Cup Cars

Saturday’s NCWTS Race from Pocono Live on FOX at 1:00 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, NC – The NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES moves from the dirt track at Eldora to the unique 2.5-mile “triangle” of Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 29, with the race airing live on FOX at 1:00 PM ET.

Vince Welch calls the 12th race of the season for FOX Sports alongside Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip with pit reporting by Hermie Sadler and Chris Neville. John Roberts hosts network pre-race coverage from the Charlotte studio on NCWTS SETUP (12:30 PM ET) with analysis from two-time series champ Todd Bodine.

NCWTS SETUP features: a look back at last week’s race at Eldora Speedway; a flashback to William Byron’s win at Pocono last year; and a feature in which Bodine and Ron Hornaday Jr., Christopher Bell, TJ Bell, Ross Chastain, Spencer Gallagher, Kaz Grala and John Hunter Nemechek visited blind and visually impaired children at Camp H2O in Sherrills Ford, N.C. Camp H2O is presented by A Brighter Path Programs.

Below is a Q&A with Bodine, who has competed in both the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES and the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES at Pocono, and says the Trucks behave much differently than Cup cars at Pocono and must be “driven harder.”

On how Trucks drive differently than Cup cars at Pocono Raceway:
“The trucks have to be driven harder at Pocono than the Cup cars. You drive into the corner harder. Your center-of-the-corner speed is faster. Your off-throttle time is less. You really have to get up on the wheel, drive hard and be very aggressive in a Truck to get around Pocono. We always hear people talking about being more than 200 mph getting into turn 1 at Pocono in a Cup car. That’s true — they’re hauling the mail at the end of the straightaway — but a Truck goes through the center of the corner faster than a Cup car does, but people don’t talk much about that and how difficult that is to do.”

On the addition of stage racing in the Truck Series at Pocono this weekend:
“Sixty laps is an incredibly short race, so that probably will be two pit stops now because of the stages. It’s going to be interesting to see how the stages affect the race because in the Cup race last month and the crew chiefs had to time how far back from the leader they could be, pit under green and not lose a lap right before the stages ended in order to gain track position. It’s going to be interesting to see how the truck chiefs work on the stage racing strategies.”

On whether there is an advantage for MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers to run the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race at Pocono:
“There is not nearly as much of an advantage for Cup drivers to run the Truck race at Pocono as they’d get at most other tracks. Because the Trucks are so different at Pocono than the Cup cars, racing a Truck Saturday won’t help a driver on Sunday. It’s just about fun. If the tire compounds were the same, it could help drivers learn how the tires fall off, but the actual driving experience on Saturday won’t carry over much to Sunday.”

On the biggest challenges at Pocono:
“The hardest part about Pocono is the fact it has three different corners, each with its own challenges, which makes it a lot of fun. It’s like driving three different tracks. Turn 1 is very high-speed, and it’s incredibly challenging getting back to the throttle as quickly as possible without pushing off the corner. The tunnel turn rewards those who can run wide-open without knocking the wall down on exit. Turn 3 is such a long, sweeping corner that it’s about getting back to the throttle as quickly as possible. That’s what makes Pocono one of the most fun races of the year for the drivers.”

On the series regular favored for the win Saturday at Pocono:
“Pocono is a place where a rookie can step up and win, so I am picking Noah Gragson because he’s in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck.”

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U.S. Men’s National Team Seeks Sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup Title Wednesday on FS1

USA – Jamaica Pregame and Match Coverage Live from Levi’s Stadium

LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. Men’s National Team seeks its sixth regional title on Wednesday, July 26 when they face Andre Blake’s Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Coverage begins at 9:00 PM ET on FS1.

Rob Stone anchors studio coverage live from a field-level set at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., alongside former U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas, two-time U.S. WNT Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Wagner and Emmy-Award winning broadcaster Fernando Fiore. Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong is on the call alongside U.S. MNT legend, Landon Donovan, and former U.S. international, Stu Holden, with Jenny Taft reporting from the sidelines and Dr. Joe Machnik weighing in as rules analyst.

The Americans defeated Costa Rica 2-0 to book a spot in the final, while Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz beat Mexico for the first time in Gold Cup competition, upsetting the reigning champions 1-0 to advance to its second consecutive Gold Cup final. The two nations faced each other in the semifinals of the 2015 Gold Cup, which Jamaica won 2-1.

FOX Soccer’s Facebook Live show “The Rec League” kicks off championship coverage with a preview show on Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 PM ET live from Levi’s Stadium. On match day, digital coverage begins at 8:30 PM ET with a 30-minute CONCACAF Gold Cup edition of “FOX Soccer Live” hosted by Rachel Bonnetta.

Teaming with LiveLike and presenting sponsor Buffalo Wild Wings, FOX Sports offers the USA-Jamaica match in virtual reality. For the first time ever, viewers can watch the matches and converse with up to three Facebook friends inside the virtual suite. For more information, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

All matches can be live streamed via FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer Match Pass. FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.

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UFC Middleweight Champion Bisping Joins Florian and Bryant on Desk for UFC 214: CORMIER VS. JONES 2

Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cruz Calls Fights with Analyst Rogan and Blow-by-Blow Announcer Anik
UFC 214 PREFIGHT SHOW and UFC 214 PRELIMS on FXX

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports has set its broadcast team for UFC 214: CORMIER VS. JONES 2 on FXX, FS1 and FOX Deportes on Saturday, July 29. UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@Bisping) works as a studio desk analyst from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) and fellow analyst and retired contender Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian). Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site.

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) joins analyst Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon¬_Anik) to call UFC 214: CORMIER VS. JONES 2 on Saturday live from Anaheim, Calif. UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez), Mario Delgado (@mariodelgadorzm) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.

The rematch the sports world has been waiting for is finally here, as UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1) defends his title against former title holder Jon Jones (22-1) in the main event of UFC 214. Revisiting the 2015 bout in which Jones defeated Cormier, the rivalry between the two elite 205-pounders has only intensified, with Cormier expecting to keep the title he has successfully defended against Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson, while Jones is eager to reclaim the belt he held for four years and move back to the top of the pound-for-pound list.

The two-hour UFC 214 PRELIMS are on FXX and FOX Deportes Saturday at 8:00 PM ET and feature four action-packed bouts. No. 3-ranked featherweight Ricardo Lamas (17-5) faces No. 15 Jason Knight (20-2). No. 8-ranked bantamweight Aljamain Sterling (13-2) squares off with No. 14 featherweight Renan Barao (35-4, 1NC) in a 140-pound catchweight bout, while No. 8 Brian Ortega (11-0, 1NC) and No. 9-ranked featherweight Renato Moicano (10-0-1) go head-to-head. Plus, Andre Fili (16-4) and Calvin Kattar (16-2) open the PRELIMS with an exciting featherweight bout.

Saturday’s coverage begins on FXX (7:00 PM ET) with the UFC 214 PREFIGHT SHOW with Bryant, Bisping, Florian and Olivi. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC 214 POSTFIGHT SHOW. The UFC 214 WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Friday, July 28 (8:00 PM ET) on FS1 with the same studio crew.

On Wednesday (8:00 PM ET, FS1), UFC TONIGHT host Florian and guest host Bisping preview UFC 214 and interview headliners Cormier and Jones. They also catch up with welterweight champ Woodley about his title defense at UFC 214.

Leading up to UFC 214, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #UFC214 fights this Sunday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the 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,

July 26

8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1
Friday,

July 28

8:00 PM FS1 UFC 214 WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1
Saturday,

July 29

7:00 PM FS1 UFC 214 PREFIGHT SHOW FXX
Saturday,

July 29

8:00 PM FS1 UFC 214 PRELIMS FXX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

July 29

1:00 AM FS1 UFC 214 POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83.

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Regional Foes USA, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica Clash in CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals on FS1

FOX Sports Offers USA-Costa Rica Match in Virtual Reality

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports presents CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals coverage Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 as regional foes USA, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica look to clinch a spot in the final.

The Americans continue their Gold Cup campaign Saturday, kicking off the tournament’s semifinals coverage against Costa Rica, beginning at 10:00 PM ET on FS1. Rob Stone anchors studio coverage alongside former U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas, two-time U.S. WNT Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Wagner, former U.S. MNT and MLS star Eric Wynalda and Emmy-Award winning broadcaster Fernando Fiore with Dr. Joe Machnik weighing in as rules analyst. Highly respected announcer John Strong is on the call alongside former U.S. international Stu Holden and U.S. MNT all-time leading goal scorer, Landon Donovan, live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with Jenny Taft reporting from the sidelines.

The U.S. MNT shut out El Salvador 2-0 to clinch its spot in the semifinals, while Costa Rica defeated Panama 1-0 in the quarterfinals. The United States is 6-0-1 against Costa Rica in CONCACAF Gold Cup competition.

Sunday’s semifinal is a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup championship, as reigning champion Mexico squares off against Jamaica at 9:00 PM ET on FS1. Stone hosts pregame coverage alongside Lalas, Fiore and former Mexican National Team midfielder Mariano Trujillo. Renowned American soccer broadcaster JP Dellacamera calls the match alongside former U.S. MNT goalkeeper Brad Friedel with special reports from Francisco X. Rivera live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Mexico defeated Honduras 1-0 to advance to its sixth straight Gold Cup semifinal, while Philadelphia Union’s Andre Blake led the Reggae Boyz to a 2-1 victory against Canada to earn a spot in the semifinals for the fourth time in Jamaica’s history.

Teaming with LiveLike and presenting sponsor Buffalo Wild Wings, FOX Sports offers the USA-Costa Rica match in virtual reality. For the first time ever, viewers can watch the matches and converse with up to three Facebook friends inside the virtual suite. For more information, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

All matches can be live streamed via FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer Match Pass. FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.

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Watch the CONCACAF Gold Cup Matches with Friends in the FOX Sports VR App ‘Virtual Suite’

FOX Sports Offers New Social Virtual Reality Experience for U.S. Semifinal with Costa Rica, Championship

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports offers the second of three CONCACAF Gold Cup matches in Social Virtual Reality for the semifinal matchup between the United States and Costa Rica on Saturday, July 22 (10:00 PM ET, FS1).

Once again teaming with LiveLike and presenting sponsor Buffalo Wild Wings, FOX Sports offers the experience through its free FOX Sports VR app. In addition to Saturday’s semifinal, the Gold Cup championship on Wednesday, July 26 (9:30 PM ET, FS1) also will be available in Social VR.

Through its “virtual suite,” the FOX SPORTS VR app offers:

  • Multiple live-event, high-resolution camera angles w/ the ability to choose between views or sit back and simply select a director’s cut that automatically selects the best camera angle for live game action
  • Multiple pre-produced, all-access, 360-degree features
  • Ability to go back in time to relive moments within the application
  • Sponsorship by Buffalo Wild Wings: This includes in-app items that are “triggerable.” For example, if you turn your head in the suite to look at the wings, you then will be taken to a Buffalo Wild Wings page where you can immediately buy and have wings delivered

Give it a spin: https://youtu.be/5c32vzqanPk

When entering the experience, users will be able to select a “Social” tab and a “Join Friends” button that connects them to Facebook upon authorization. At that point, friends who have done the same will pop up on your friends list, creating the opportunity to view the experience in a social environment. Additionally, the experience can automatically select a viewing partner at random, with viewers having the ability to seamlessly switch Social VR “on” or “off.”

The FOX SPORTS VR app can be enjoyed without any special VR equipment through the mobile specific interactive, 360-degree viewing experience built specifically for smartphone viewing, or with a Gear VR or cardboard headset. Fans can access this FOX Sports VR “virtual suite” by downloading and installing the free FOX SPORTS VR app and signing in with their television provider credentials.

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The social virtual reality initiative is the latest effort from FOX Sports Lab, a designed approach to exploring technical partnerships that give viewers a fresh perspective and ad sales teams more targeted sports integrations.

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Global Soccer Icons Ronaldo, Villa, Bale & Kaka Collide at 2017 MLS All-Star Game on FS1

FOX Sports to Debut Ref Cam as MLS All-Stars Battle Real Madrid
Studio and Match Coverage Live From Soldier Field

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports features multi-platform coverage of the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, as U.S. MNT stars Tim Howard and Michael Bradley and global soccer icons Kaka, David Villa and Bastian Schweinsteiger lead the MLS All-Stars against 12-time UEFA Champions League title winners Real Madrid and a lineup expected to feature Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos. Live coverage from Soldier Field in Chicago begins Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 8:30 PM ET on FS1.

FOX Sports enhances its second MLS All-Star Game telecast with Ref Cam technology, providing viewers distinctive angles and points of view throughout the match, and with its all-star broadcast team of analysts, special correspondents and reporters.

FOX Sports MLS All-Star Game coverage (all times ET & subject to change)

  • MLS All-Star Game pregame show (Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 8:30 PM ET, FS1)
  • MLS All-Star Game (Wednesday, Aug. 2, 9:00 PM ET, FS1)
  • “FOX Soccer Live” (Tuesday, Aug. 1, 10:30 AM ET, FOX Soccer Facebook Page)
  • “The Rec League” (Wednesday, Aug. 2, 8:00 PM ET, FOX Soccer Facebook Page)

Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame studio coverage from a field-level set at Chicago’s Soldier Field alongside former MLS stars Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda and Stu Holden, beginning at 8:30 PM ET. Once the action begins on the field, lead soccer play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match alongside former Columbus Crew goalie Brad Friedel, with Katie Witham reporting from the sideline. Accomplished multilingual journalist and two-time Ballon D’Or host Kate Abdo serves as special correspondent covering Real Madrid.

FOX Soccer’s Facebook Live show “The Rec League,” hosted by Holden and Rachel Bonnetta, kicks off MLS All-Star Game coverage with a 30-minute preview show on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 10:30 AM ET live from Soldier Field. On match day, digital coverage for the league’s 22nd All-Star Game begins at 8:00 PM ET with a special MLS edition of “FOX Soccer Live” hosted by Bonnetta.

In Spanish, Jaime Motta and Felipe Valenzuela provide special reports for FOX Deportes’ flagship program FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO.

All FOX soccer matches can be live streamed via FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go. FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.

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Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley Serves as Desk Analyst for Saturday’s FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: WEIDMAN VS. GASTELUM

Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz Calls Fights with Analyst Brian Stann and Blow-by-Blow Announcer Jon Anik

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports has set its broadcast team for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: WEIDMAN VS. GASTELUM on FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday, July 22 (8:00 PM ET). A week before defending his UFC welterweight title at UFC 214, champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) works as desk analyst in Long Island for Friday and Saturday’s coverage. Curt Menefee (@CurtMenefee) hosts the FOX broadcast network shows, while Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) joins the desk as host for the FS1 and FS2 programs. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site.

Former champion and current No. 1-ranked bantamweight Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) and retired middleweight Brian Stann (@BrianStann) join blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call the fights live from Long Island. UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) and Troy Santiago (@TroySantiagoTV) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.

Woodley is looking forward to his television work heading into his title fight, saying: “I’m ready to fight today! I’m passionate about being a television analyst and it will play as a healthy distraction before my title defense. I have a UFC 214 media day in New York City on Thursday before heading out to Long Island for the weekend, so I’m killing two birds with one stone. All my coaches and training partners are taking the trip with me and we will be handling business as usual.”

In the main event on FOX, former middleweight champion and current No. 5 Chris Weidman (13-3) headlines at home with a pivotal five-round showdown against fellow 185-pound star Kelvin Gastelum (14-2). FOX UFC analysts Kenny Florian, Michael Bisping and Michelle Waterson preview of the fight from last Sunday’s FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

Also featured during Saturday’s two-hour main card, No. 10-ranked featherweight Dennis Bermudez (17-6) fights No. 11 Darren Elkins (23-5), while No. 11-ranked light heavyweight Patrick Cummins (9-4) and No. 13 Gian Villante (15-7) square off. No. 5-ranked bantamweight Jimmie Rivera (20-1) and No. 9 Thomas Almeida (21-1) 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. Welterweights Lyman Good (19-3, 1NC) and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (16-5) collide. Middleweight Rafael Natal (21-8-1) takes on Eryk Anders (7-0), while No. 13-ranked welterweight Ryan LaFlare (13-1) fights Alex Oliveira (16-3-1, 2NC). Plus, Damian Grabowski (20-4) and Chase Sherman (10-3) open the PRELIMS with a heavyweight scrap.

Saturday’s action wraps up after the main event with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS2. The FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place Friday, July 21 (6:00 PM ET) on FS1 with Bryant and Woodley joined by Cruz on the desk, the night before he calls the fights.

Leading up to the fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #UFCLongIsland fights this Sunday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the 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 EVENT NET*
Friday,

July 21

6:00 PM ET FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1
Saturday,

July 22

6:00 PM ET FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

July 22

8:00 PM ET FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: WEIDMAN VS. GASTELUM FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

July 22

10:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS2

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO