Month: August 2017

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian on McGregor

Cormier on Mayweather: “Conor is fighting the best boxer of all time. Floyd is a magician.”
Florian on Mayweather and McGregor fighting with 8oz gloves: “At end of the day, this will give Conor an advantage. In the early rounds it benefits Conor, but later it benefits Floyd.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew interviews former UFC contender Dan Hardy and former world champion boxer Victor Ortiz about Mayweather vs. McGregor. They also caught up with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 26 coach Eddie Alvarez and contestant Barb Honchak, plus more.

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on losing the title at UFC 214: “It takes time to get over something so big, but day by day, you get over it. I’m a guy who really loves what I do, and I take it very hard when I’m unsuccessful. Fighting is like a cruel mistress. If fighting was a nice ex-girlfriend, she would have knocked me out in 10 seconds, she wouldn’t have given me some success in the fight.”

Cormier on Jon Jones saying they could be friends in the future: “I believe he’s being genuine and trying to turn over a new leaf and be a different person than he was in the past. We don’t have to be friends. That I’ve always respected him as a fighter. But with that, friendship would be difficult because of our past. We will be professional as we have to, until the cage door closes again.”

VIDEO: Daniel Cormier returns to UFC TONIGHT after his UFC 214 fight with Jon Jones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WzJdQgBA6M

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on the announced title fight between Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw: “These are two of the most technical fighters in the UFC period. Both have phenomenal footwork, power and come from wrestling. They’ve both trained together and they don’t like each other. I like this fight.”

Cormier on Mayweather vs. McGregor: “The betting odds have made Conor McGregor a smaller underdog than the likes of Andre Berto or Marcos Maidona or Robert Guerrero. Conor is fighting the best boxer of all time. Floyd is a magician. He’s showed the ability to adjust and adapt like no other in all of combat sports. He just has to be Mayweather in this fight.”

Florian on Mayweather’s advantages: “That pull counter is the best in all combat sports. He will nail you with it from anywhere. He has to beat up the body. The angles his gets when he’s fighting are so good. He puts his back to the ropes and still gets you to miss, and then he lands those short shots. Floyd does things other boxers only dream of.”

Cormier on McGregor’s advantages: “Conor is big, powerful, and confident. Conor believes he’ll win the fight and people think he’s out of his mind. But being out of his mind, he believes he’ll knock him out in two rounds. He is confident and size will help him out.”

Florian on McGregor’s unorthodox style: “He does a lot of unusual things that will help him out. You can’t box Floyd, you have to fight Floyd Mayweather. Those fights where he was cut, it was on the front side. Floyd keeps his lead hand down. If Conor switches stances, and tries to hit him with the right hook and left cross, he might catch Mayweather.”

Florian on Mayweather vs. McGregor fighting with 8oz gloves: “I’ll tell you I don’t want to get hit by Floyd for 12 rounds in 8oz gloves. It’s the shots you don’t see that will wear on you. And he uses the body shots. Normally, he uses the big gloves to protect his head. Him having the smaller gloves, at end of the day, this will give Conor an advantage. In the early rounds it benefits Conor, but later it benefits Floyd.”

Cormier on the clip of McGregor fighting Paulie Malignaggi: “I thought Conor looked fantastic in that clip, but the boxing world didn’t.”

Cormier on what Mayweather needs to do in the fight: “Let’s look at the pull-back right hand. One of his weapons is his body jab. It upsets your breathing. It interrupts your timing. Floyd Mayweather is a wizard in the ring. He needs to fight behind his jab. Body jab, body jab, and when Conor lowers his hands he goes high with left hook or the lead right hand.”

Florian on what McGregor needs to do to be effective in the fight: “For McGregor, he needs to switch stances. Boxers aren’t used to it. He needs to attack the lead side, and work the body and then go upstairs. Being the bigger guy, Conor can catch him. One other thing, he also should punch with him. He needs to make it a brawl, not a boxing fight.”

Victor Ortiz on his opinion of Mayweather vs. McGregor: “It’s two different sports. It’s like the champion in tennis vs. the champion in ping pong. They both great in what they do, they have balls and rackets, but they’re very different sports.”

Ortiz on advice to McGregor: “Don’t let him pressure you or smother you because that’s where he’s comfortable. Floyd is pretty awesome at that.”

Ortiz on if Mayweather is taking McGregor for granted: “I don’t think he takes anyone for granted – he did me, though. For once, maybe, McGregor is not as big a worry. So maybe he is. I saw the game face at the press conference. I haven’t seen that game face in a while. So he’s there. But I think McGregor has the upper hand in the talking.”

Ortiz on Paulie Malignaggi being upset by the sparring video being released: “Absolutely. Nobody saw the whole session. It’s one of those things. You’ve been clipped in sparring. You step the wrong way and slip. I think it’s a valid point that Paulie is upset.”

Ortiz if he’d train with McGregor and fear similar results that Malignaggi received: “You guys know as champions, I don’t let people record me. That’s a big no-no. Not when they come to my gym.”

Ortiz on his last fight: “It was the first time in a while I felt comfortable. I came out too aggressive in the first. I got clipped in the first round, but went back there and focused on what we needed to do. He said your baby is watching. Thanks to Coach Haas, he got me out of there.”

VIDEO: Victor Ortiz talks Mayweather and McGregor with the UFC Tonight crew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zkhsVgP8Ok

Dan Hardy on what he thinks of Mayweather vs. McGregor: “He has to stay unpredictable. Floyd has beaten 49 boxers, but he’s never beaten an MMA fighter. Conor should stay out of boxing range. Floyd is used to staying about four inches back. If he has to cover six or seven inches, that would be different for Floyd and would let Conor use his reach. There are a lot of advantages to not being a boxer.”

Hardy on what the other boxing analysts he’s working with think of these fights: “They’re very intrigued. I don’t want to be the voice of all mixed martial arts. I want to be a lover of all combat sports and have an objective opinion.”

Hardy on if he’s getting the desire to fight again: “Yes! I’m learning so much in this process. My focus has been on this. I love it and I’m learning so much. They’re such polarizing characters and superstars in their sports.”

VIDEO: Dan Hardy drops by UFC Tonight to break down Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki-5hhEa8yo

Eddie Alvarez on coaching THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER against Justin Gaethje, who only has one fight and win in the UFC: “It depends on who he fought. It was a big risk for him on his first fight in the UFC and a top five guy, and his risk turned out to be a good thing.”

Alvarez on being in wars in his fights: “As Simba in The Lion King says: ‘I laugh in the face of danger.’ Throughout my career, the more dangerous opponent, I step up. I trust and believe in myself and I keep going at a high level and enjoy it and embrace it and look at Justin being a dangerous guy with a lot of weapons.“

Barbara Honchak on having beaten some big names in MMA: “I assumed I’d have a target on my back. I’ve had some big wins in pocket, but I’ve been out for a while. The second we got to the TUF house, I’ve had girls sizing me up as the competition to beat.”

Honchak on being the first Invicta champion and possibly the 125 pound UFC champ: “It means I make history, twice. I want that.”

Alvarez on saying that McGregor can beat Mayweather: “The movement he has from MMA is different from boxing. But my words were twisted. I believe Conor can knock him out, but the probability is small, but it’s there. People are writing it off as a joke of a fight, but I’m saying Conor can box, he has the ability to knock him out. Is it small? Yes, but it’s there and probably early in the fight. He doesn’t want it to turn into a boxing match.”

VIDEO: Eddie Alvarez and Barb Honchak dropped by UFC TONIGHT to talk TUF 26
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MMNe4BwNSI

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World’s Best Compete for the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship on FOX & FS1

Joe Buck, Paul Azinger and Brad Faxon Anchor 18th Tower

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. – Today, FOX Sports’ expansive slate of USGA championship coverage continues with the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., teeing off with coverage from the round of 64 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM ET on FS1.

On Thursday, Aug. 17, digital coverage of the round of 32 streams on usga.org from 2:00 to 4:00 PM ET, followed by coverage of the round of 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM ET on FS1. On Friday, Aug. 18, quarterfinal rounds air from 6:00 to 9:00 PM ET on FS1.

Weekend coverage airs on the FOX broadcast network, with semifinal round coverage on Saturday, Aug. 19 airing from 12:00 to 3:00 PM ET. On Sunday, Aug, 20, early coverage of the 36-hole championship match can be found on usga.org from 12:30 to 2:30 PM ET, before shifting to FOX from 4:30 to 7:30 PM ET for the crowning of the 117th U.S. Amateur champion. All coverage on FS1 and FOX will be streamed concurrently on FOX Sports GO.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Shane Bacon performs play-by-play duties alongside lead analyst and major champion Paul Azinger, and eight-time PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon. Seven-time Emmy Award-winning announcer Joe Buck joins the 18th Tower for the remaining rounds Friday through Sunday.

They are joined on-course by two-time U.S. Open winner Curtis Strange and Buddy Marucci, a veteran of over 60 USGA championships, while Bacon also contributes as a hole announcer. Additional coverage includes rules expert and former USGA executive director David Fay, with reporter Holly Sonders conducting post-round interviews.

FOX Sports’ full digital and linear broadcast schedule follows:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Wednesday, Aug. 16 Round of 64 5:00 – 8:00 PM FS1/ FSGO

 

Thursday, Aug. 17 Round of 32 2:00 – 4:00 PM USGA.org

 

Round of 16 6:00 – 9:00 PM FS1/FSGO
Friday, Aug. 18 Quarterfinals 6:00 – 9:00 PM FS1/FSGO

 

Saturday, Aug. 19 Semifinals 12:00 – 3:00 PM FOX/FSGO

 

Sunday, Aug. 20 Championship 12:30 – 2:30 PM USGA.org
4:30 – 7:30 PM FOX/FSGO

Our nation’s oldest golf championship, the U.S. Amateur is one of three USGA championships contested in Southern California this summer, preceded by the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club and followed by the Walker Cup, to be contested at Los Angeles Country Club and airing Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10 on FS1.

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FOX Sports Unveils Broadcast Teams for 2017 NFL Season

14-Time NFL Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez Debuts As Studio Analyst On FOX NFL KICKOFF
Former NFL Pro Bowler Mark Schlereth Gears Up For Inaugural Season in the Booth

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports today announces its broadcast teams for the network’s 24th season of NFL coverage. The award-winning lineup touts seven distinguished crews featuring an exceptional mix of veteran voices and new personalities. The announcement was made today by John Entz, President of Production and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

After calling a record-breaking Super Bowl LI, Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman return for their 16th season as FOX Sports’ lead NFL broadcast team. Erin Andrews again joins the league’s longest-running duo, reporting from the sidelines. Buck, Aikman and Andrews open the season Week 1 with FOX’s first edition of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, as the Green Bay Packers face the Seattle Seahawks in a conference showdown from Lambeau Field on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 4:25 PM ET, highlighting the day’s slate of NFL games.

Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt pairs with Charles Davis and veteran sideline reporter Pam Oliver. 2017 marks Oliver’s 23rd season of FOX NFL coverage. The crew opens Week 1 with the Chicago Bears hosting the Atlanta Falcons at 1:00 PM ET.

Three-time Super Bowl Champion Mark Schlereth spends his first season in the booth alongside play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton and sideline reporter Shannon Spake. For Week 1, Stockton, Schlereth and Spake call the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins at 1:00 PM ET. Additionally, FOX NFL game analyst Chris Spielman and sideline reporter Peter Schrager join play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman and open the season in San Francisco for the Week 1 contest between the 49ers and Carolina Panthers at 4:25 PM ET.

Along with Stockton, play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert has the distinction of working FOX NFL games full-time since the network’s inception in 1994. He returns for his 24th season and works alongside analyst Ronde Barber and sideline reporter Kristina Pink. The group calls their first game from the nation’s capital; a clash between NFC East rivals when the Washington Redskins battle the Philadelphia Eagles at 1:00 PM ET.

Another seasoned group of veterans comes together with play-by-play announcer Chris Myers, analyst Daryl “Moose” Johnston and sideline reporter Laura Okmin, all of whom have been with the network for at least a decade. Myers, Johnston and Okmin travel to Detroit as the Arizona Cardinals take on the Detroit Lions Week 1 at 1:00 PM ET. Longtime play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen fills out FOX Sports’ roster alongside analyst David Diehl and sideline reporter Jennifer Hale. Rosen, Diehl and Hale open their season during Week 2 with the 49ers at Seahawks from CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

2017 FOX NFL BROADCAST TEAMS
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber and Kristina Pink
Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth and Shannon Spake
Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
Sam Rosen, David Diehl and Jennifer Hale

For the first time in the network’s history, two former NFL Vice Presidents of Officiating will serve as rules analysts throughout the season. Dean Blandino joins Mike Pereira to provide rules analysis and expertise on the week’s most critical calls. Pereira also enters a new role, heading on the road with Buck, Aikman and Andrews for select games.

Each Sunday morning at 11:00 AM ET throughout the season, FOX NFL KICKOFF welcomes fans to another NFL Sunday. Along with 14-time NFL Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez as studio analyst, the one-hour pregame show is hosted by Charissa Thompson, with analysts Colin Cowherd and Dave Wannstedt and features Cooper Manning who contributes weekly segments to FOX NFL KICKOFF.

FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s top NFL pregame show for the last 23 seasons, immediately follows at 12:00 PM ET. The Emmy Award-winning, one-hour program returns with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan, premier NFL insider Jay Glazer, comedic prognosticator Rob Riggle and rules analysts Pereira and Blandino. Washington Redskins All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman revives his role with FOX Sports’ NFL pregame coverage, making several appearances on FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY.

FOX Sports’ regular-season schedule is highlighted by nine installments of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, television’s No. 1 show for eight consecutive seasons. AGOTW debuts with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers from historic Lambeau Field on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4:25 PM ET.

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U.S. Internationals Christian Pulisic, John Brooks Headline Return of European Soccer to FOX Sports

LOS ANGELES, CA – U.S. internationals Christian Pulisic and John Brooks headline the return of European soccer this week across the FOX Sports family of networks. Coverage of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga seasons kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Friday, Aug. 18, respectively.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich opens Bundesliga action when they face Bayern Leverkusen Friday, Aug. 18, beginning at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. The next day, U.S. MNT star Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund battles U.S. defender John Brooks’ Wolfsburg, beginning at 9:00 AM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Kate Abdo hosts Bundesliga studio coverage alongside former FC Saarbrücken striker Eric Wynalda and former Borussia Dortmund forward Jovan Kirovski, with Dr. Joe Machnik weighing in as rules analyst. Friday’s studio coverage includes a special feature on Video Assistance Referee. On FOX Deportes, Mariano Trujillo and John Laguna host Spanish-language studio coverage.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League seasons begins this week with playoff action Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ lineup includes 10 matches, highlighted by Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool and Napoli vs. Nice. Ian Joy hosts UEFA Champions League studio coverage throughout the month of August alongside Wynalda, Brad Friedel and Warren Barton. Studio coverage is available in Spanish on FOX Deportes with hosts Trujillo and Laguna. The full schedules can be found here and here.

All FOX soccer 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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FOX College Football: Every Game is Everything

In college football you don’t have the luxury of looking ahead. Every Saturday is an attack. Each a different way of destroying your season. The biggest game, the only game, is the one you’re playing. Every game is everything. Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 college football is on FOX and FS1 starting this Fall.

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FOX NASCAR Quotes: Byron Takes Over No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Ride in 2018

Joy, McReynolds, Waltrip and Alexander Weigh in on the Youngster’s Meteoric Rise to the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES & the Changing of the Guard at Hendrick Motorsports
Joy: ‘He’s always been a great talent … He will be a great asset to the Cup Series in its search for a younger demo.’

CHARLOTTE, NC – Hendrick Motorsports announced today that William Byron will pilot the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the 2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES, replacing Kasey Kahne. Byron is the second young driver announced as part of the organization’s four-car lineup for 2018, joining Alex Bowman, who takes over for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet, Chase Elliott and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson.

Below are quotes from FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Mike Joy, NASCAR RACE HUB co-host and FOX Sports announcer Adam Alexander and analysts Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip regarding the Byron announcement and the changing of the guard at Hendrick Motorsports.

On reaction to the news and whether William Byron is ready for a full-time MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES ride:

“That’s almost a question that can’t be answered until he climbs into the race car and gets some races under his belt. It seems he figures out every type of car quickly and adapts immediately. My biggest question is whether Hendrick and the team are ready for Byron. They’re a little behind over there, and the numbers support that.”
–Larry McReynolds

“When a driver is winning regularly at the level he is racing in, it’s hard to argue against a move up.”
–Mike Joy

“I think he’s ready. You learn at the level at which you’re going to compete, and Byron has shown himself a quick learner. Plus, he fits the Hendrick mold. He has that corporate look – a nice, polite, good-looking young man who fits right in with what Rick (Hendrick) likes and is looking for.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“Byron is ready to move up. When you look at the success young drivers are having and add that to the talent Byron brings, it’s a no brainer. Two rookies made the playoffs last year. Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones have competed at a high level this year. Byron fits the same mold.”
–Adam Alexander

On the last time a powerhouse organization had so many major driver changes within a couple of seasons:

“We’d probably have to look back years ago at Roush-Fenway Racing to find the last time there was such a major shift in the driver lineup at a high-profile organization. Other than Mark Martin, they had a lot of cars with a lot of turnover back in the ‘90s.”
–Mike Joy

“I don’t know that I can recall the last time such a major team underwent so many major driver changes in succession. But Hendrick Motorsports is a rarity because they field four cars, so there are more drivers to potentially change out. However, it’s hard to believe that just three years ago, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne made up 75-percent of the organization’s lineup, and in 2018, they all will be gone. I don’t think we saw all that coming.”
–Larry McReynolds

On William Byron as a driver:

“I’ve known William since he garaged next to my son, Scott, in Legends cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout series a few years ago. He’s always been a great talent, running at or near the front, not overdriving or tearing up his equipment. He will be a great asset to the Cup Series in its search for a younger demo.”
–Mike Joy

“When I heard Byron had signed with Hendrick a year ago, I immediately thought ‘What a perfect fit.’ He checks every box when you look at the ‘Hendrick way.’ He’s a big time talent. His on-track ability reminds me of (Jeff) Gordon and (Jimmie) Johnson. He always maximizes what the car has to offer and never beats himself. Off track, he is a model citizen and handles himself like a true gentleman.”
–Adam Alexander

On the young driver lineup at Hendrick Motorsports as a possible sign of things to come in the Cup Series:

“Rick (Hendrick) has always been the leader in the youth movement. He ushered it in with Jeff Gordon and he’s doing it again now. He will have three young guys under the wing of Jimmie Johnson, who is a great mentor. Plus, it’s that time in our sport — that crossroads. It’s the changing of the guard, and you can’t change the guard without someone to hand it off to. There are a lot of talented young drivers ready to step up.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“The Hendrick lineup absolutely is a sign of things to come in the Cup Series. As Dale Jr. explained so well in his press conference at Watkins Glen, a new generation of hungry young talent is waiting to take charge. Driver supply and demand makes this a team owner’s market, and with sponsor dollars scarce, it creates a great opportunity for owners to balance their checkbooks yet be competitive.”
–Mike Joy

“It’s the business model we are headed toward. It’s not all about talent anymore — it’s also about dollars. Of course, a top Cup owner won’t take someone who can’t perform and stick them in a car just because they’re cheaper. But if you can hire William Byron, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez or Erik Jones for significantly less money than you are paying Matt Kenseth or Kasey Kahne or Dale Earnhardt Jr., and they can also perform, it’s not hard to make that decision given today’s business and sponsor platform. It’s a trend that will continue. Are the veterans worth a lot of money? Hell yeah. They’ve proven they can win races and championships. If Jay Cutler can go to the Miami Dolphins for $10 million for one year to throw interceptions weekend after weekend, then the veteran Cup guys are worth that or more. But the business model isn’t there anymore.”
–Larry McReynolds

“The youth movement is on, and the trend will not change anytime soon. These young drivers are talented, and it’s becoming impossible to keep them out of the Cup Series. They also are budget friendly for their owners.”
–Adam Alexander

On what would be considered a successful season for Byron and Alex Bowman in 2018:

“Several top-five finishes and a good helping of top 10s and/or making the playoffs would be a great year for Byron and Bowman next season.”
–Mike Joy

“While Rick (Hendrick) is looking at drivers, there may be some other changes he could make as far as what crew chiefs fit best with what drivers. The No. 5 hasn’t been all that competitive, and changing the driver doesn’t necessarily mean you will change the outcome, unless you make another swap to go with that. It’s cause and effect. With a new driver coming in, it might be time to think about a different lineup when it comes to crew chiefs and crews.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“The worst thing you can do for a rookie in the Cup Series, regardless of his credentials, is set expectations. It’s the toughest series in all of motorsports. The only expectation I would set for him is to run all the laps and see where he finishes. Halfway through the season, it might be easier to set expectations for the rest of the year.”
–Larry McReynolds

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BIG EAST Launches Live Men’s Basketball Digital Show on FOX Sports GO

“BIG EAST Shootaround” will air Thursdays starting Aug. 10

NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference today announced the launch of “BIG EAST Shootaround,” a live weekly online show that focuses on the league’s premier sport of men’s basketball in a full digital-forward approach. The first episode will air on Thursday, Aug. 10, and continue weekly over the coming year. The show will be distributed on FOX Sports GO, the BIG EAST Facebook page and @BIGEAST Twitter handle and via podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

BIG EAST Shootaround will feature behind the scenes, in-depth stories from the Conference’s 10 member schools. John Fanta, a Seton Hall alum and senior BIG EAST correspondent, will serve as the show’s host, and guests will include coaches, basketball student-athletes, media members and other basketball insiders. Women’s basketball coverage will be included in the programming mix.

The first show will feature Seton Hall seniors Angel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez, Khadeen Carrington and Ismael Sanogo from the BIG EAST Conference offices in midtown Manhattan.

“BIG EAST Shootaround is designed to provide coverage of BIG EAST Basketball all year round, not just during basketball season,” said Rick Gentile BIG EAST Senior Associate Commissioner, Broadcasting. “Our schools’ basketball programs don’t take off from April through October, and our supporters are eager to keep up with off-season stories and developments. We aim to fill the void in media coverage during that period with news, interviews and updates from each of our campuses and reach all of our audiences in all places.”

BIG EAST Shootaround will be interactive as fans can submit questions for Fanta and guests on Twitter and on Facebook with the hashtag #BEshootaround.

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Picks Pettis Over Moreno

Bisping on Criticism of Woodley’s Fighting Style: “As a champion, first and foremost, your goal is to win. You can’t be too tough on Tyron.”
Pettis on how the fight ends: “I’m trying to go for that finish. I want to give the Mexican fans a good fight.”

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 FIGHT NIGHT: PETTIS VS. MORENO headliner Sergio Pettis before his fight this weekend. They also interview former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans about his bout Saturday.

UFC TONIGHT guest host Michael Bisping on whether he’ll defend his title against Georges St-Pierre: “I’m going to fight Georges St-Pierre, Madison Square Garden, Nov. 4th, don’t miss it.”

VIDEO: Michael Bisping to fight Georges St-Pierre in UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS-NT1bsF9Q
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/892883855635488768

Bisping on fighting Georges St-Pierre: “GSP is very exciting. Some of his performances have been stellar. My job is to win the fight. I’ll stuff the takedowns. I’ll jab his face. I’ll land the left high kick – kind of like Jon Jones on DC. GSP will fall down face first into the Octagon. I will be the winner and on November 5, I’m going to party like it’s 1999.”

VIDEO: Michael Bisping previews his fight with Georges St-Pierre in UFC 217 at MSG
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjNlBZ-zf14

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on why Jon Jones is the greatest of all time: “If you look at the difficulty of schedule, the guys he’s beaten, there’s no doubt. There’s no weaknesses in his game. He’s at his best right now. He’s the greatest of all time.”

Bisping on Tyron Woodley’s strategy to win over being in an exciting fight: “As a champion, first and foremost, your goal is to win. But it’s also to put on an exciting fight. There is a strategy that he did very well in the fight. Winning is the most important thing. You can’t be too tough on Tyron.”

Florian on Jon Jones: “There’s no doubt the Brock Lesnar fight would be huge for Jones, but the fight that makes the most sense is Alexander Gustafsson. His performance against Glover Teixeira was awesome. To this day some people still think Gustafsson won the first fight with Jones.”

Bisping on Anthony Johnson fighting Jones next: “Johnson is retired, but it’s one of those fake retirements. He said for the right amount of money he’d come back. He’s got one-punch knockout power, good wrestling, and he’s beaten everyone else not named DC.”

Bisping on who Cormier should fight next: “First, he should take some time off. When he’s ready, maybe Jimi Manuwa. They’re both coming off losses and have already had some trash talk. It would be a good matchup.”

VIDEO: Who’s next for Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ04o4nWDxQ

Florian on who should be next for Woodley: “Jorge Masvidal. He had a close fight against Maia. They both agreed they would fight each other if it was for a title. Masvidal is a tough opponent for anyone in the division.”

Bisping on who should fight Woodley next: “Masvidal is coming off a loss. I’d like to see Masvidal vs. Robbie Lawler and the winner get Tyron Woodley.”

Sergio Pettis on what he thought when he was told he’d be headlining his first main event: “I was very excited. It’s a new task to accomplish. I think I’m ready for it.”

Pettis on how he prepared to fight at Mexico City’s high elevation: “I had to prepare for the elevation. I used simulators to prepare for it, and went out to Albuquerque, which is over 5,000 feet. I’ve gotten out here a week prior of the fight to prepare.”

Pettis on if this fight will get him closer to the title shot: “I think this is a step in my career and will prepare me for the title shot.”

Pettis on Moreno: “He’s good on his feet and has good jiu-jitsu and wrestling. He’s good all around. He’s hungry like me. He pushes the pace. It’s going to be a good fight.”

Pettis on if he’s out of the shadow of his brother Anthony: “Yeah, I’m growing into myself. I’m maturing as a mixed martial artist. I was timid out there, but now I’m expressing myself and having a great time doing it.”

Pettis on how the fight ends: “This fight, I’m trying to go for that finish. I’ll be pushing the pace. I want to give the Mexican fans a good fight, which they deserve. This will put me in title contention. I was supposed to fight Henry Cejudo, he pulled out and that was a blessing in disguise. This will put my name up there.”

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Florian on Pettis’ keys to victory: “He’s a very diverse striker and very good at counter strikes. He needs to throw the counter strikes. Moreno throws himself out of position, and Sergio can catch him. Second, he needs to defend the takedowns. Moreno is a beast on the mat and Sergio doesn’t want to give the advantage to him.”

Florian on Moreno’s keys to victory: “He has a lot of submissions. He needs to back Pettis up with his kicks. He needs to land the takedowns, so he can get the submission.”

Florian picks Pettis over Moreno: “I think Pettis is a little more polished.”

Rashad Evans on if Sam Alvey will be more prepared because he’s fought in Mexico City before: “It remains to be seen. I’ve trained in Albuquerque and Denver. I’m used to working at altitude. It’s a different type of exhaustion and you have to work. You have to have the confidence that you’re not going to gas.”

Evans on what Alvey does well: “He has a good range with that left hand. It’s precise and heavy. He has a lot of power in the punches. He’s durable. You have to get off on him early but you have to understand he can take the punishment and come back.”

Evans on if his losing streak is affecting him mentally: “Hopefully not. I’ll go out there and do what I’m trained to do. I’m feeling good mentally. When you dropped so many fights in a row, the biggest thing is you can’t panic – just go out there and fight. It becomes harder if you make it more than just a fight.”

Evans on how this fight feels compared to headlining fights in the past: “It feels important in its own right. This fight has its own challenges. My back’s against the wall. It plays with your mind. You start thinking about it. It’s a different kind of pressure. It’s a position I put myself in it. I can deal with it no matter what happens.”

Florian on what Evans has to do in the fight: “Rashad has to establish the jab, land it and get in and out. He doesn’t want to be in the pocket versus heavy handed Sam Alvey. He needs to get the takedowns in the center of the Octagon and not against the fence where Alvey can defend it. If he has motion, he’ll stick that takedown.”

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Picks Pettis Over Moreno (155 kB, last updated August 2017)
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Todd Grisham and Brian Stann Call Fights from Mexico City

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports announces today that retired UFC contenders Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) and Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) work as FOX Sports desk analysts alongside host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: PETTIS VS. MORENO on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Retired middleweight contender Brian Stann (@BrianStann) calls the fights Octagon-side with blow-by-blow announcer Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) live from Mexico City and reporter Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) interviews fighters on-site. Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (@SPonzinibbioMMA) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

Two of the fastest rising contenders in mixed martial arts headline the UFC’s return to Mexico City, as No. 6-ranked flyweight Sergio Pettis (15-2) goes head-to-head with Mexico’s own No. 7-ranked Brandon Moreno (14-3) in a five-round 125-pound showdown. From Tijuana, Moreno has been unbeaten for nearly five years, while Pettis, winner of three straight, looks to continue his ascent up the flyweight ladder by playing spoiler in Moreno’s homecoming.

The three-hour main card begins Saturday on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10:00 PM ET and features five more action-packed bouts. No. 9-ranked Randa Markos (7-5) and Mexico’s Alexa Grasso (9-1) lock horns in a strawweight scrap. Welterweight Alan Jouban (15-5) fights Niko Price (10-0), while Martin Bravo (12-0) takes on Humberto Bandenay (13-4, 1NC) in a featherweight tilt. Middleweights Sam Alvey (30-9, 1NC) and Rashad Evans (24-6-1) go to battle, while Alejandro Perez (18-6-1) and Andre Soukhamthath (11-4) open the main card with a bantamweight bout.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin Saturday at 8:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes with four additional bouts. Middleweights Brad Scott (12-4) and Jack Hermansson (15-3) collide. No. 12-ranked Dustin Ortiz (16-7) fights Hector Sandoval (14-3) in a flyweight tilt. Henry Briones (19-6-1) faces Rani Yahya (23-9, 1NC), while bantamweights Jose Quinonez (6-2) and Diego Rivas (7-0) open the PRELIMS.

Saturday’s coverage begins on FS1 at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, featuring Bryant, Florian, Edwards and Androl. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW. The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place Friday, Aug. 4 at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 with the same studio crew.

On UFC TONIGHT Wednesday, Aug. 2 (7:00 PM ET) on FS1, host Florian and guest host Michael Bisping interview Pettis and Evans before Saturday’s 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 updates throughout the #UFCMexico 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 NETWORK*
Wednesday

Aug. 2

  7:00 PM FS1 UFC TONIGHT SHOW FS1
Friday,

Aug. 4

  7:00 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1

 

Saturday,

Aug. 5

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

Aug. 5

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

Aug. 5

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: PETTIS VS. MORENO FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Aug. 5

1:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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