Month: December 2017

UFC Tonight

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Picks Lawler

Woodley and Florian discuss GSP giving up his title, if McGregor should be stripped of his belt, and when Floyd Mayweather will enter the Octagon
Plus, Lawler and Lamas Interviews

Los Angeles – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and guest host Tyron Woodley, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew previewed this weekend’s FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. DOS ANJOS and interviewed headliner Robbie Lawler, as well as Ricardo Lamas on his bout.          

UFC TONIGHT guest host Tyron Woodley on his shoulder: “The situation with my shoulder, I was trying to rehab it. I was trying to see if I could not have to undergo surgery. I was actually going to take a fight with Mr. Nate Diaz prior to the surgery and then have it afterwards, but that fight did not shake out. So therefore, I’m going to undergo not a full reconstruction, they’re going to clean my shoulder out, anchor down the parts that they need to anchor down and then it will be on the road to recovery after that.”

Woodley on the potential Diaz fight: “I think he wanted to make more money. I was offered the fight. He was offered the fight. My part of the deal was done. I think he wanted more money. The Diaz’s are hard to negotiate with. That’s why that fight didn’t happen.”

Woodley on a potential GSP fight: “What other champion is willing to give up their belt? They want to fight for the belt when they have the belt. I was willing to put it all on the line. I don’t have to do that now. Will he be coming down to 170 for me? Who knows? We’ll find out soon.”

VIDEO: Woodley Talks Shoulder Surgery and More

https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/941096877449023488

Woodley on the FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT headliner Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael Dos Anjos: “I love this fight. When you think about Lawler – you think of moments with him standing up over Rory MacDonald. He’s willing to brawl at all costs. He’s coming at you with crazy hooks and uppercuts. He’s been in some of the most memorable fights in UFC history. I think you can expect that if he’s 100 percent. If he’s firing on all cylinders.”

Florian on Lawler’s new approach to fighting: “Lawler’s been doing this since he’s been 19 years old – he’s been Mr. Saturday Night. But there’s a difference from that Robbie and this one now. This Robbie is throwing combinations. He isn’t looking for the knockout with every punch. He’s letting it happen organically. He’s been way more patient and has been pacing himself better. Defending his belt three times, he knows how to do it, which is a big switch.”

Woodley on how Dos Anjos will counter Lawler: “The combinations Lawler’s throwing are combinations of hooks and uppercuts. But when you throw straight punches like RDA does, you can go down the middle and beat those hooks all day long. Dos Anjos needs to utilize the ability to throw straights down the middle. And he throws low kicks. With those, you can take out that front leg and get those straight punch combinations, that’s when he’s most vicious and has the ability to win this fight.”

VIDEO: Woodley and Florian break down Lawler’s changes vs. Dos Anjos

https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/941102517470994432

 Florian on Lawler’s keys to victory: “First, he’s got to stop the takedown. Second, he’s got to get into boxing range and land big shots. Third, he’s got to check the leg kicks from the southpaw Dos Anjos.”

Woodley on Dos Anjos’ keys to victory: “Key one, he’s got to throw low kicks. Second, he’s got to apply constant pressure against Lawler. Third, he’s got to land the takedowns, but he has to set them up. The takedowns will slow down the fight and stop the brawl that Lawler likes.”

Woodley picks Dos Anjos: “I think the pressure that RDA could apply to Robbie can cause problems with straight punches. That’s the perfect style matchup. My gut tells me he just might pull it off.”

Florian picks Lawler to win: “Lawler has the experience, the size and the power to get it done. I think he gets it done in the third round.”

Robbie Lawler on if he thinks he’ll have a size advantage fighting a former lightweight in Rafael Dos Anjos: “He’ll be quick. I’ve fought bigger fighters and stronger fighters. So anywhere this fight goes, I’ll be alright.”

Lawler on fighting a southpaw: “It’s not that big a deal. We have a lot of lefties getting me ready. It’s just a hand coming in differently. I’ve been fighting and training with lefties a long time, so I’ll be alright.”

Lawler on if there’s a reason he hasn’t been fighting as much recently: “Circumstances. It’s not my body. It has to be the right fight at the right time. Timing. I didn’t want to come to Canada in the cold. But this was a good fight. It just has to do with timing and opponents.”

Lawler on if he wants the title fight with a win: “That’s what they’re saying. I’m not really focused on that. I’m focused on being a better fighter and a better person. But that’s what they said, but things change in this fight game all the time.”

VIDEO: Robbie Lawler Interview

https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/941100940953763841

Ricardo Lamas on if he feels pressure to deliver great fights: “I don’t feel the pressure. That’s just who I am. I’m fighting with 100 percent heart. I’m always moving forward and looking for the finish. Saturday night is the same as every other fight.”

Lamas on if the change of opponent was a problem during camp: “Not really. We had a training partner who’s the same stature as him, with even better hands. I could get my timing and distance down with a guy of his size, so it worked well.”

Lamas on if he deserves a title shot with a win: “I don’t know. If I have to prove myself again, I’ll do it. I’ve got to go out and I have to finish fights. That’s what people and the UFC want. I just have to keep it up.”

VIDEO: Ricardo Lamas Interview

https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/941115906083643392

Florian on if he was surprised Georges St-Pierre vacated the middleweight title: “I was not surprised. This was a great opportunity for GSP to do something that’s never been done before. He was deserving of the shot. He wanted a big fight and he got it.”

Woodley on GSP giving up his belt: “I praise him for not holding up the division. There are a lot of divisions being held up by people not fighting or doing other things.”

Woodley on if UFC should strip champions of their belt after one year of inactivity: “I think it should be case by case. The entertainment aspect is very important. Should Conor be stripped? No. He just fought Floyd and the number of times he fought before that was a lot, as well.”

Florian on if the UFC should take away belts after a year of not fighting: “I think there should be a limit of time. Fans and fighters are waiting for their chance. I don’t think it’s fair for fighters to sit out for 12 months, with no injury.”

Florian on if Floyd Mayweather will sign a deal with the UFC: “I have no doubt that Floyd could make a billion dollars if he fought again, but he’s not fighting in the UFC’s Octagon. If he came back, it might be with the UFC’s boxing promotion.”

Woodley on Mayweather fighting in the UFC: “If he comes and fights, it’ll be against Conor McGregor. Do I think it might be a gimmick? Maybe, but there’s not anybody who wouldn’t watch it.”

Florian on if Francis Ngannou can be the best heavyweight ever: “I think he can. But we haven’t seen Francis Ngannou play with his food yet. He just knocks them out. We haven’t seen enough of his wrestling game and his jiu-jitsu game to know if he’s the best ever.”

VIDEO: Tommy Toe Hold with Dana Claus

https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/941122697018294272

VIDEO: How does Colby Covington (and others) get a path to a title shot? https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/941118495604875264

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UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier and Anik Call Saturday’s FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. DOS ANJOS

Welterweight Champion Woodley and Former Middleweight Champion Bisping Serve as Desk Analysts with Lead UFC Host Bryant

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces that UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. DOS ANJOS live from Winnipeg, Canada on Saturday, Dec. 16. Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Marlon Vera (@chitoveraUFC) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@Bisping) work as desk analysts along with lead UFC host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) and reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) in Winnipeg for Friday and Saturday’s coverage.

In the main event on FOX, former UFC lightweight champion and No. 3 ranked welterweight Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) has looked better than ever since moving up to the 170-pound division, rattling off back-to-back wins. He gets the opportunity to prove he’s ready for a potential title fight when he battles former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (28-11, 1NC). The No. 1-ranked welterweight Lawler showed off his “Ruthless” form in a July win over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and is looking for another shot at the belt with a win Saturday. FOX UFC analysts Kenny Florian and Rashad Evans preview the fight from last Sunday’s FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW here. (link to come Monday)

FS1’s UFC programming starts on Wednesday, Dec. 13 with UFC TONIGHT airing at a special time, 7:00 PM ET, with host Florian and guest host Woodley interviewing Lawler and Ricardo Lamas about their Saturday fights. On Friday, Dec. 15 (7:00 PM ET), the FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW begins with Bryant, Woodley and Bisping discussing the fighters, and Olivi reporting. The same crew gets things started on Saturday at 4:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, previewing the evening’s fights.

The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 5:00 PM ET and feature six thrilling bouts. No. 15-ranked light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz (20-7) and No. 14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) collide. Middleweight Julian Marquez (6-1) takes on Darren Stewart (7-2, 1NC), while welterweight Chad Laprise (13-2) fights Galore Bofando (5-2). No. 11-ranked flyweight Tim Elliott (15-8-1) battles Pietro Menga (13-0). John Makdessi (14-6) and Abel Trujillo (15-6, 1NC) face each other at 155 pounds. Alessio Di Chirico (10-1) and Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) open the PRELIMS with a middleweight scrap.

Saturday’s two-hour main card (FOX, 8:00 PM ET), also features No. 3-ranked featherweight Ricardo Lamas (18-5) facing Josh Emmett (12-1). No. 10-ranked welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) and Mike Perry (11-1) square off. Plus, No. 3-ranked light heavyweight Glover Teixeira (26-6) and No. 7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) open the main card.

Saturday’s action wraps up after the main event with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1.

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 #UFCWinnipeg 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 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, Dec. 13 7:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1
Friday,

Dec. 15

7:00 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1
Saturday,

Dec. 16

4:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday,

Dec. 16

5:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Dec. 16

8:00 PM FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. DOS ANJOS FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Dec. 16

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO

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FOX Televises Never Forget Tribute Classic: VCU vs. No. 19 Seton Hall Saturday

Second Annual Event Supports Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

The FOX broadcast network televises the first matchup of the second annual Never Forget Tribute Classic on Saturday, Dec. 9, as VCU faces No. 19 Seton Hall. Pregame coverage begins at 2:30 PM ET before Brian Custer, Donny Marshall and Holly Sonders have the call live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., at 3:00 PM ET. Viewers will also hear from mic’d up Pirates head coach Kevin Willard throughout the game.

Game coverage opens with a look at the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which provides education assistance for post-secondary study to financially needy dependents of those killed or permanently disabled in the September 11 terrorist attacks. FOX Sports cameras also followed Seton Hall on a tour of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in November, capturing the team’s reactions to the emotional experience.

Host Rob Stone and analysts Jim Jackson and Steve Lavin are in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio, getting fans ready for tipoff between the Rams and Pirates on FOX, plus a full day of action on FS1. Coverage on FS1 gets underway at 11:30 AM ET with a half-hour edition of FS1 COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF prior to Marquette at Wisconsin at 12:00 PM ET, followed by another in-state rivalry matchup between Nebraska and Creighton at 2:30 PM ET. Then, to close out the afternoon, No. 13 Xavier hosts Colorado at 5:00 PM ET.

This week’s full college basketball schedule on the FOX Sports family of networks, including broadcasters, can be found HERE.

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FOX Sports, NHRA Set 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Broadcast Schedule

NHRA Today Scores Pre-Race Time Slot
Four Events on FOX Broadcast, Including Iconic U.S. Nationals, Highlight 24-Race Schedule

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) today announce the release of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series television schedule, highlighted by live FOX broadcast network coverage of the “Western Swing” (Denver, Sonoma and Seattle) and the iconic U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis on Labor Day.

The FOX NHRA television season opens Feb. 8-11, with the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com qualifying sessions airing Friday, Feb. 9 (9:30 PM ET) and Sunday, Feb. 11 (1:00 PM ET) from historic Autoclub Raceway in Pomona, Calif. On Sunday, Feb. 11, FS1 is home to three hours of live final-round coverage, beginning at 5:00 PM ET.

Dave Rieff, Tony Pedregon and Bruno Massel return to the booth for the FOX NHRA broadcast team, with reporting from Lewis Bloom, Amanda Busick, Jamie Howe and John Kernan.

In 2018, NHRA Today, the drag racing news and entertainment show, moves to a one-hour slot leading into select Sunday FOX NHRA race programming. NHRA in 30, a half-hour recap of the Mello Yello Sunday Finals show, also returns in 2018.

The NHRA Sportsman Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (16 races) and the growing E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service (12 races), both return to Thursday nights on FS2.

NHRA races also will appear in Canada and the Caribbean through FOX Sports Racing, as well as be available through FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go and now is available to 94 million subscribers.

2018 FOX NHRA Television Broadcast Schedule (All times ET and subject to change):

  • Feb. 11 – Lucas Oil Winternationals, Pomona, Calif. (5:00 PM, Live on FS1)
  • Feb. 25 – NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix (6:30 PM, FS1)
  • March 18 – Amalie Motor Oile NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla. (7:00 PM, FS1)
  • April 8 – DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas (6:00 PM, FS1)
  • April 22 – NHRA SpringNationals, Houston (2:00 PM, Live on FS1)
  • April 29 – NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte (6:00 PM, FS1)
  • May 6 – NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta (6:00 PM, FS1)
  • May 20 – Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka (2:00 PM, Live on FS1)
  • June 3 – Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago (5:30 PM, FS1)
  • June 10 – NHRA Summernationals, Englishtown, N.J. (6:00 PM, FS1)
  • June 17 – NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn. (7:30 PM, FS1)
  • June 24 – Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio (6:30 PM, FS1)
  • July 8 – NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, NH (1:00 PM, Live on FS1)
  • July 22 – Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver (3:00 PM, Live on FOX)
  • July 29 – Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif. (4:00 PM Live on FOX)
  • Aug. 5 – NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle (4:00 PM, Live on FOX)
  • Aug. 19 – Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn. (2:00 PM, Live on FS1)
  • Sept. 3 – Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis (11:00 AM, Live on FS1)
  • Sept. 3 – Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis (1:00 PM, Live on FOX)

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

  • Sept. 16 – Dodge NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa. (7:30 PM, FS1)
  • Sept. 23 – AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis (8:30 PM, FS1)
  • Oct. 7 – AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas (12:00 PM, Live on FS2)
  • Oct. 14 – NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte (2:00 PM, Live on FS1)
  • Oct. 28 – NHRA Toyota Nationals, Las Vegas (7:30 PM, Live on FS1)
  • Nov. 11 – Auto Club NHRA Nationals, Pomona (4:00 PM, Live on FS1)
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FOX NFL SUNDAY Hits the Road this Sunday

FOX Sports’ Signature Pregame Show Broadcasts Live From Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

NEW YORK, NY – This Sunday, Dec. 10, FOX NFL SUNDAY leaves behind the friendly confines of Studio A on the FOX lot in Los Angeles’ Century City, in favor of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of NFL Week 14’s highly anticipated AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams. The announcement was made today by John Entz, FOX Sports President of Production & Executive Producer.

The NFL’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY, kicks off its on-site special broadcasting from the Olympic Cauldron at the Coliseum at Noon ET with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan and the NFL’s premier NFL insider Jay Glazer. The OT, FOX Sports’ NFL postgame show, closes the day’s action on-site at the Coliseum. This Sunday’s visit marks the second time this season that FOX NFL SUNDAY has gone on the road with the first being its broadcast from Naval Station Norfolk in honor of Veterans Day.

“This Sunday’s game is arguably the biggest game of the season in the NFC,” said Entz. “Having a marquee matchup this late in the season taking place in our backyard lends itself to this kind of unique on-site visit for our pregame show.”

FOX Sports’ top broadcast crew of play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, game analyst Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews call Sunday’s Eagles vs. Rams matchup, airing on FOX at 4:25 PM ET.

FOX NFL KICKOFF, the network’s early NFL pregame show hosted by Charissa Thompson with analysts Tony Gonzalez, Michael Vick, Dave Wannstedt and Colin Cowherd, which immediately precedes FOX NFL SUNDAY each week during the NFL season, will remain in FOX Sports’ Century City studio this Sunday, airing at its regular 11:00 AM ET time slot.

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Bisping Picks Swanson

Florian on if GSP Defends His Middleweight Title: “I don’t see it happening.”
Bisping and Florian discuss GSP’s potential move to welterweight, Holloway’s next opponent, plus if Ronda Rousey signs with the WWE

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and guest host Michael Bisping, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew previewed this weekend’s FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. ORTEGA and interviewed headliners Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega.

UFC TONIGHT Kenny Florian believes Georges St-Pierre’s won’t fight at 185 again: “I spoke to him this morning. He has ulcerative colitis and he’s lost a lot of weight. For him to fight at 185 again, I don’t see it happening. He also told me he doesn’t want to hold up the division. If he does come back, I imagine it’ll be at a lighter weight class.”

UFC TONIGHT guest host Michael Bisping on GSP not defending the middleweight belt: “I wish him the best. It would have been nice to see him defend the belt at 185.”

VIDEO: Florian and Bisping discuss Georges St-Pierre not staying at 185
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/938573229538422785

Florian on if Max Holloway will ever fight Conor McGregor: “It depends on the weight class. At 145, I’d say it’s a 10-percent chance. But at 155 pounds, I’d say 75-percent. Holloway is still a growing boy.”

Bisping on if Holloway will rematch McGregor: “Do I want to see it happen? Yes. But I give this zero-percent chance at happening. Max has other fights at 145. Conor has other people lining up to fight him out at 155. I don’t think we’ll see this happening anytime soon.”

Bisping on Holloway’s fight next: “I’d like to see him take on Frankie Edgar. It’s a different style fighter. We haven’t seen him fight a wrestling powerhouse like Edgar.”

Bisping on where Jose Aldo goes next: “He doesn’t need to retire. As we’ve seen, in his last two fights, he’s still performing well, but not winning. But he’s had his moment in the sun. I think he walks away with dignity. If he still wants to fight, I’d like to see him keep fighting. He’s had a great career. If he wants to walk, so be it.”

Florian on what’s next for Aldo: “I think he’s had his time to shine. He did it for a very long time. There always comes a time you’re not going to fight the same way and the sport moves on. People get a handle on what you do as a fighter. The fact that he’s maybe interested in competing in boxing, I think he had his foot out the door going into this last fight.”

VIDEO: Florian and Bisping breakdown Max Holloway’s triumph in Detroit!
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/938575056233381888

VIDEO: Could there be a Holloway vs. McGregor rematch?
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/938577579631452161

Bisping on Cub Swanson’s keys to victory: “Cub’s one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done. Key one, he needs to vary his attack – really mix up his striking. Two, he needs to use his speed. He’s got the speed advantage over Ortega. He needs to use the feints that set up the strikes. And third, he needs to keep it on his feet. He’s got to stop the takedown.”

Florian on Brian Ortega’s keys to victory: “Ortega is must-see TV as well. He’s tall and rangy and has the killer instinct. His ground game is as good as anyone. Key one is to use the jab. He’s got to keep Cub on the outside. He’s the longer guy. Cub is dangerous on the inside. Plus, he’s got take it to the ground. He’s got to find a way to take it to the mat where he has the advantage.”

Bisping picks Swanson over Ortega: “I believe Cub wins the fight. Ortega is still young and has a great resume. But Cub has too much on the feet.”

Florian on how Swanson wins: “Ortega is so well trained. But the experience is the difference. Cub starts off very well. Ortega doesn’t. The longer it goes, the more it favors Ortega. If Cub does catch and hurt him early, he’s got the killer instinct.”

Cub Swanson on being in business with Michael Bisping: “It’s been awesome. If something needs to be said, he says it.”

Swanson on watching UFC 218: “I think it was an exciting fight. I feel like I’m a great matchup to give Max a run for his money. Aldo looked good, but Holloway played it perfect, started slow and then got in his head and went in for the kill.”

Swanson on what he felt like when he didn’t get the title fight at UFC 218: “It’s the same old thing. But I’ve got a fight to worry about, so I didn’t get too emotional about it.

Swanson on if a win gets him the next shot at the title: “If it doesn’t, I don’t know what will. The good thing about what happened before UFC 218, the fans spoke up and rallied for me. A win this weekend, I don’t know what else I can do? I have to put on a good performance. He’s trying to steal my shine, but I’m not going to allow it.”

Swanson on training with Nerf guns: “We’ve been doing some crazy training for this fight. No sissies are allowed in our gym. We’ve been doing two-hour sessions. The Nerf guns are just the warm up. We’ve been having fun, but putting in the hard work.”

Brian Ortega on what he expects in his fight with Swanson: “I always train and I fight to finish. If we have to go to points, and go to scoring, then that’s what we’re going to do.”

Ortega on how Swanson fights: “I see him dangerous on the feet. His standup is great. He’s very tricky and wiry. He’s a veteran. It’s going to be a hard fight and I’ve been training hard for it. It’s a step that I have to cross.”

Ortega on if he has nerves going into his first headlining fight: “A fight is a fight. I get more time in the fight with five rounds. If I don’t get him in the third, I’ve got more time to get him in the fourth and fifth. I’m excited for it.”

Ortega on if a win gets him a title shot: “Realistically, I’ve got to get through Cub first, that’s the main objective and big task. Maybe after this, or wait for the winner of Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway. Maybe I’m one or two fights away.”

Ortega on if he’s going to take the fight to the ground: “Bro, I love to bang. I’m not no stranger to it. If it goes to the ground it goes to the ground. If it goes standup, it goes standup. I like to fight anywhere.”

VIDEO: Brian Ortega Interview
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/938569760169586688

Florian on Ronda Rousey moving to WWE: “It’s not easy being a professional wrestler. She’s certainly not going to take the same punishment to the head and she’s been a huge fan for a long time. This must be a dream come true. But I’d rather see a super fight for Ronda. Maybe a fight with Gina Carano or something like that.”

Bisping on Rousey moving to WWE: “I think it’s awesome. I’m all for fighters having a successful career after they’re done with the Octagon. People think because it’s scripted, it’s easy. It’s not easy. All that traveling. And getting slammed on the floor takes its toll.”

VIDEO: Bisping and Florian Discuss Rousey Possibly Heading to WWE
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/938572122418438144

VIDEO: Tommy Toe Hold interviews Conor McGregor and Max Holloway (and the kids?) about a potential rematch
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/938571313492275200

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FOX Wins Prime Time with Saturday’s Thrilling Big Ten Championship Game

More Than 13 Million Tune in to Ohio State’s 27-21 Win on FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO
Big 12 Championship Game Tops All Games in Noon ET Window

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports won prime time on Saturday night with 12,918,000 viewers tuning in to the 2017 Big Ten Championship Game between Ohio State and Wisconsin on the FOX broadcast network, according to Nielsen Media Research. This year’s Big Ten title contest is FOX’s most-watched college football game since the 2013 Big Ten Championship between Ohio State and Michigan State (13,900,000) and is the network’s most-watched primetime telecast of any kind since Game 7 of the 2017 World Series.

On the FOX broadcast network, the Big Ten Championship Game is up +41% over 2016 and crushed Saturday’s primetime college football competition by 138%. Combined, 13,063,161 viewers watched the Buckeyes earn their 36th conference title on FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO. The game drew an average minute audience of 136,161 on FOX Sports GO, the best performance ever for a college football game on the platform.

Earlier on Saturday, 5,896,000 viewers tuned in to the Big 12 Championship Game on FOX, easily winning college football’s 12:00 PM ET time slot. The Big 12 Championship – the first since 2010 and the first ever on the network – and the Big Ten Championship give FOX two of the three most-watched college football games on Championship Saturday.

Overall, 5,982,373 viewers watched the Big 12 title game on FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO, including FOX Sports GO’s average minute audience of 79,373. Saturday’s championship game is the best-performing Big 12 game ever on the streaming service and the platform’s fourth-best college football game overall.

FOX Sports’ college football coverage continues this month with the Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. Coverage of Arizona vs. Purdue in the Foster Farms Bowl begins at 8:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network on Wednesday, Dec. 27. The following day, FS1’s coverage of No. 18 Washington State vs. No. 16 Michigan State in the San Diego County Credit Union Bowl begins at 8:30 PM ET.

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Blow-by-Blow Announcer Brendan Fitzgerald Debuts Alongside Lightweight Contender Paul Felder to Call FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. ORTEGA

Megan Olivi Makes Host Debut on FOX Sports Desk with Analysts Former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans and Retired Contender Kenny Florian

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces that blow-by-blow announcer Brendan Fitzgerald (@BrendanFitzTV) makes his FS1 debut with analyst and UFC lightweight contender Paul Felder (@FelderPaul) to call UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. ORGEGA live Octagon-side from Fresno, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 9. Laura Sanko (@laura_sanko) adds reports and interviews fighters on-site. Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Brandon Moreno (@theassassinbaby) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

Making her hosting debut on the FOX Sports desk in the Los Angeles studio is Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi), who joins analysts, Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans), former light heavyweight champion, and retired contender Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian).

Fireworks are expected in the five-round main event Saturday night, as perennial featherweight contender and No. 4-ranked Cub Swanson (25-7) puts his four-fight win streak on the line against undefeated, No. 6-ranked featherweight Brian Ortega (12-0, 1NC). Palm Springs’ Swanson has his sights on handing Los Angeles’ Ortega, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with an evolving striking game, his first loss.

FOX UFC analyst Michael Bisping believes Swanson wants to earn a title shot with this fight. “Swanson is an angry man,” Bisping said. “He feels like he should have been fighting for the title at UFC 218. Expect the best version of Cub Swanson we’ve ever seen. Think back to his fight with DooHo Choi – that was an instant classic and I can’t wait for this one.” Watch the preview from Saturday’s FS1 UFC 218 POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

FS1’s UFC programming starts on Wednesday, Dec. 6 with UFC TONIGHT airing at a special time, 6:00 PM ET, with host Florian and guest host Bisping interviewing both Swanson and Ortega about their headlining bout. On Friday, Dec. 8 (6:00 PM ET), the FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW begins with Olivi, Florian and Evans in studio discussing the fighters, while Sanko reports onsite. The same crew kicks off Saturday’s programming at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes with four exciting bouts. The No. 10-ranked bantamweight Alexis Davis (18-7) and No. 11 Liz Carmouche (10-5) move to 125 pounds for a flyweight bout. Bantamweight Luke Sanders (11-1) faces Andre Soukhamthath (11-5). Carls John de Tomas (8-1) and “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series” contract winner Alex Perez (18-4) square off in a flyweight battle. Frankie Saenz (11-5) and Merab Dvalishvili (7-2) open the PRELIMS with another bantamweight bout.

The three-hour main card begins on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10:00 PM ET and features five more action-packed bouts. No. 15-ranked featherweight Jason Knight (20-3) and Gabriel Benitez (19-7) face off. No. 7-ranked bantamweight Marlon Moraes (19-5-1) and No. 8 Aljamain Sterling (14-2) lock horns, while Scott Holtzman (10-2) takes on Darrell Horcher (13-2) in a lightweight battle. Middleweights Eryk Anders (9-0) and Markus Perez (9-0) fight, while Albert Morales (7-2-1) and “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series” contract winner Benito Lopez (8-0) open the main card with a bantamweight scrap.

The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW, where Olivi, Evans and Florian recap the evening.

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 #UFCFresno fights this Saturday.

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,

Dec. 6

6:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1

 

Friday,

Dec. 8

6:00 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1

 

Saturday, Dec. 9 7:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday, Dec. 9 8:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, Dec. 9 10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. ORTEGA FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, Dec. 9 1:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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

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FOX Sports Super Saturday Records Huge Viewership Numbers for Big Ten and Big 12 Championships

With Nearly 13 Million Viewers, No. 8 Ohio State’s Win Over No. 4 Wisconsin is FOX’s Top College Football Game Since 2013
 No. 3 Oklahoma’s Victory Over No. 11 TCU Pulls in Almost 6 Million, Projecting to Give FOX Yesterday’s Top Early Game

No. 8 Ohio State captured its 36th Big Ten title in thrilling fashion with a 27-21 victory over fourth-ranked and previously undefeated Wisconsin Saturday night, powering FOX to what is projected to be a big win in prime time. The game drew 12,919,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network, according to Nielsen Fast Nationals, ranking as the network’s most-watched college football game since the 2013 Big Ten Championship.

The 2017 Big Ten Championship Game is the most-watched Big Ten Championship Game since the Buckeyes faced Michigan State in 2013 (13,900,000) and is FOX’s most-watched primetime telecast of any kind since Game 7 of this year’s World Series. This year’s Big Ten title contest drew a combined 13,050,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Sports GO with an average minute audience of 131,0161 on FOX Sports GO. The 2017 Big Ten Championship Game is now the streaming service’s biggest college football event ever, surpassing the average minute audience of 107,983 set during Penn State at Ohio State earlier this season.

Earlier in the day, No. 3 Oklahoma punched its ticket to the College Football Playoff with a convincing win over No. 11 TCU in the first Big 12 Championship Game since 2010 and the first ever to air on FOX. The game delivered 5,901,000 viewers on the broadcast network and projects to be the most-watched game of yesterday’s 12:00 PM ET window. Overall, a combined 5,980,000 viewers watched the Big 12 Championship Game on FOX and FOX Sports GO, with an average minute audience of 79,373 on the streaming service. The game is the best-performing Big 12 game in FOX Sports GO history and its fourth-best college football event ever.

The top five markets for the Big Ten Championship Game are Columbus (48.2/70), Dayton (31.2/50), Milwaukee (29.6/50), Cleveland (24.8/41) and Birmingham (20.9/30). The Big 12 Championship Game’s top five markets are Oklahoma City (32.4/57), Tulsa (27.5/50), Birmingham (14.7/26), Columbus (10.6/22) and Dallas (10.2/26).

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FOX Sports Super Saturday Features Big 12 and Big Ten Football Championships, College Hoops and More

No. 4 Wisconsin Clashes with No. 8 Ohio State for Big Ten Title in Prime Time
No. 3 Oklahoma Faces No. 11 TCU for Big 12 Championship at Noon ET
FOX Sports’ First-Ever Basketball-Football Same-Teams Doubleheader Featuring Buckeyes and Badgers Tips Off at 5:00 PM ET

FOX Sports Super Saturday is a day-long smorgasbord of top college sports action, bookended by the Big 12 and Big Ten football championship games, all on the FOX broadcast network. A full day of programming begins Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11:30 AM ET on FOX.

College Football Playoff positioning is on the line when coverage of the Big 12 Championship Game begins at 12:00 PM ET on FOX. No. 3 Oklahoma, led by Heisman Trophy frontrunner Baker Mayfield, faces No. 11 TCU with Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Bruce Feldman and Petros Papadakis on the call when the game kicks off at 12:30 PM ET from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

In prime time on FOX, No. 4 Wisconsin battles No 8 Ohio State for the Big Ten title and a potential College Football Playoff berth. FOX Sports’ lead college football broadcast team of Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft call the action from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis when the Badgers and Buckeyes clash at 8:00 PM ET.

In between the Big 12 and Big Ten championship games, FOX presents a Big Ten basketball showdown as Ohio State and Wisconsin meet on the court to open conference play. In the network’s first ever basketball-football doubleheader featuring programs from the same two universities, the Buckeyes and Badgers tip off at 5:00 PM ET. Brian Anderson, Jim Jackson and Lisa Byington have the call live from the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

FOX Sports college football studio host Rob Stone and analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt are in Los Angeles all day long, beginning with pregame coverage of the Big 12 Championship Game at 12:00 PM ET. Saturday’s early pregame show includes Leinart’s sit-down with Mayfield, as well as a story on Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown and Gus Johnson’s call that gave “Hollywood” his nickname. Later in the day, Stone, Leinart, Smith and Wannstedt are back to preview the Big Ten Championship with looks at Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett, Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor and more.

Before pregame coverage begins, 100,000 CAMERAS: OHIO STATE vs. MICHIGAN premieres on FOX at 11:30 AM ET. 100,000 CAMERAS is a 30-minute crowd-sourced original program featuring fan activity from around the world surrounding last weekend’s rivalry showdown that set FOX college football viewership records.

In 2017, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the most anticipated matchups of the season, including the Big Ten and Big 12 championship games and the Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.