Former UFC Middleweight Champion Bisping and Former Light Heavyweight Champ Evans Join Lead Host Bryant On FS1 and FOX Sports GO Programming
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith joins fellow analyst Joe Rogan and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik to call UFC 223: KHABIB VS. HOLLOWAY live from Brooklyn on FS1 and FOX Sports GO Saturday, April 7 (8:00 PM ET). Reporter Megan Olivi interviews fighters on-site. UFC welterweight contender Santiago Ponzinibbio and Victor Davila call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.
Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and lead UFC host Karyn Bryant are on the FOX Sports desk in the Los Angeles studio for UFC 223 programming on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7.
The lightweight championship is on the line at UFC 223, No. 2-ranked lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov faces late replacement featherweight champion Max Holloway, after Tony Ferguson got hurt and withdrew from the fight. The 25-0 Nurmagomedov looks to keep his undefeated record intact, while Holloway, who has won 12 in a row, looks to become one of only five UFC champions to hold belts in two weight classes.
FOX Sports begins its UFC 223 coverage with UFC TONIGHT on FS2 and FOX Sports GO Wednesday, April 4 (8:00 PM ET), where hosts UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and guest host Bisping preview the evening’s fights and interview headliners. The UFC 223 WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place Friday, April 6 (6:00 PM ET) on FS2 and FOX Sports GO with host Bryant and analysts Bisping and Evans discussing the fighters as they weigh-in. Olivi interviews fighters onsite in Brooklyn.
Saturday’s programming begins with the UFC 223 PREFIGHT SHOW on FS1 and FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET) as Bryant, Evans and Bisping break down the evening’s match-ups, while Olivi adds reports.
The two-hour UFC 223 PRELIMS continue on FS1, FOX Sports GO and FOX Deportes at 8:00 PM ET and feature four action-packed bouts. No. 4-ranked strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) faces No. 8 Felice Herrig (14-6). No. 3-ranked flyweight Ray Borg (11-3) and No. 7 Brandon Moreno (14-4) tangle, while veteran Joe Lauzon (27-15) and Chris Gruetzemacher (13-3) square off at 155 pounds. Plus, No. 14-ranked lightweight Evan Dunham (18-6-1) and Olivier Aubin-Mercier (11-2) open the PRELIMS with an exciting bout. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC 223 POSTFIGHT SHOW, with winner’s interviews and fight analysis.
Leading up to their fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and the FOX UFC social pages. All programs are on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.
FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
|8:00 PM||UFC TONIGHT||FS2|
|6:00 PM||FS1 UFC 223 WEIGH-IN SHOW||FS2|
|7:00 PM||FS1 UFC 223 PREFIGHT SHOW||FS1|
|8:00 PM||FS1 UFC 223 PRELIMS||FS1 / FOX Deportes|
|1:00 AM||FS1 UFC 223 POSTFIGHT SHOW||FS1|
*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83.