Month: December 2017

Michael Bisping

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

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!

VIDEO: Could there be a Holloway vs. McGregor rematch?

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

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

VIDEO: Tommy Toe Hold interviews Conor McGregor and Max Holloway (and the kids?) about a potential rematch

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Bisping Picks Swanson (269 kB, last updated December 2017)

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.


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 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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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

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

Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt at 2017 Big Ten Championship Game

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.