Month: August 2017


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.


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

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

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?

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.”

VIDEO: Sergio Pettis Interview

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)

Retired UFC Contenders Kenny Florian and Yves Edwards Join Karyn Bryant on the Desk for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: PETTIS VS. MORENO

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 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.



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