Month: June 2018

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Top-Ranked UFC Strawweight Michelle Waterson Joins Analysts Bisping, Florian and Host Bryant on the FOX Sports Desk for UFC 225: WHITTAKER VS. ROMERO 2

Anik, Rogan and Smith Call Prelims on FS1 and FOX Sports GO

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces No. 7-ranked UFC strawweight contender Michelle Waterson joins retired UFC champion Michael Bisping, retired title contender Kenny Florian and lead UFC host Karyn Bryant for UFC 225: WITTAKER VS. ROMERO 2 programming on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.

Blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik and veteran MMA analysts Joe Rogan and Jimmy Smith call the bouts live Octagon-side in Chicago. Megan Olivi adds reports and interviews fighters on-site. In addition, former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, top-ranked welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio and Victor Davila call the fights in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

The undisputed middleweight championship is on the line at UFC 225 on June 9 when Robert Whittaker (20-4) defends his belt against No. 1-contender Yoel Romero (13-2) in an anticipated rematch. Revisiting their 2017 Fight of the Night battle that earned Australia’s Whittaker the 185-pound title, Cuba’s Romero earned a second shot at UFC gold with a devastating knockout of Luke Rockhold in February. In the co-headliner event, a grudge will be settled when former lightweight champion and No. 1-ranked welterweight Rafael Dos Anjos (28-9) faces No. 4 Colby Covington (13-1) for the UFC interim welterweight title. Covington has used his swarming ground attack to win five straight bouts, but he will face the stiffest challenge of his career in the form of Rio de Janeiro’s Dos Anjos, who’s on a three-fight win streak.

FOX Sports UFC programming begins Wednesday, June 6 with UFC TONIGHT on FS1 (8:00 PM ET), when host Florian and guest host Bisping preview the UFC 225. In addition, they interview Whittaker and Covington prior to their title fights, and also catch up with CM Punk, who’s making his second Octagon appearance. Plus, NFL Hall of Famer and FS1’s SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED co-host Shannon Sharpe joins the show.

Coverage continues live Friday, June 8 (7:00 PM ET), with the UFC 225 WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS2 and FOX Sports GO with Bryant, Bisping, Florian and Waterson in studio discussing the fights, while Olivi reports onsite. The same crew hosts the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW on FS2 and FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET), previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour UFC 225 PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO with four exciting bouts. No. 2-ranked heavyweight Alistair Overeem (43-16, 1NC) battles No. 4 Curtis Blaydes (9-1, 1NC), while No. 3 strawweight Claudia Gadelha (15-3) and No. 6 Carla Esparza (14-4) tangle. No. 7 featherweight Ricardo Lamas (18-6) and No. 11 Mirsad Bektic (12-1) square off. Plus, Rashad Coulter (8-3) and Chris De La Rocha (4-2) open the PRELIMS with a heavyweight clash.

The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC 225 POSTFIGHT SHOW, where Bryant, Bisping, Waterson and Florian recap the event, while Olivi interviews fighters.

Leading up to the fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radio and on the SiriusXM app.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NETWORK*
Wednesday,

June 6

8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1

 

Wednesday,

June 6

10:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FS1

 

Wednesday,

June 6

11:00 PM TUF TALK FS1

 

Friday,

June 8

7:00 PM FS1 UFC 225 WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2

 

Saturday,

June 9

7:00 PM FS1 UFC 225 PREFIGHT SHOW FS2
Saturday,

June 9

8:00 PM FS1 UFC 225 PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

June 9

1:00 AM FS1 UFC 225 POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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

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FOX Sports Unveils Robust 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Digital Offerings

Match Center, Highlight Machine & Team Channels Headline ‘World Cup Everywhere’ Across FOX Sports App, FOXSports.com
All 64 Matches Available in Multi-Angle, Social Virtual Reality

LOS ANGELES – With FOX Sports delivering an unprecedented volume of television coverage from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, including all 64 matches live and more matches on network television (38) than the last four FIFA World Cups combined, the company’s digital and social arsenal also raises the bar in support of the world’s most widely viewed sporting event, airing on FOX and FS1 from June 14 to July 15.

Leading sportswear company adidas joins the effort as the presenting sponsor of the full FOX Sports streaming effort across all digital platforms for the entire tournament. Coca-Cola is sponsoring the popular short-form 90 in 90 match highlights, one of the top-performing FOX Sports digital offerings, as well as joining adidas as a co-sponsor of Team Channels.

“Soccer fans and casual viewers alike will be delighted by our World Cup executions across the FOX Sports apps and FOXSports.com,” said David Wertheimer, President, Digital Products for Fox Networks Group, Digital Consumer Group. “Just like our broadcasts, FOX Sports digital products provide unprecedented access — getting viewers closer and deeper into the action.”

For a preview of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ coverage on the FOX Sports App:

World Cup Hub – The FIFA World Cup Hub, launches the week of June 4 and changes dynamically to reflect current match and tournament status, and provides convenient access to all FOX Sports digital content across FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App. Key features include:

  • Live streams and full replays of all 64 matches
  • Match Center – Gives users access to bonus feeds, commentary, rosters, stats and highlights
  • Highlight Machine presented by adidas – Invites Web and mobile visitors to create and share custom highlight reels from past and current matches
  • Extensive Highlights
  • Exclusive Original Content
  • Fan Guide
  • Team Pages
  • Schedules
  • Standings
  • Stats

Bonus Feeds – In addition to the main broadcast stream, FOX Sports offers five bonus feeds for each of the 64 FIFA World Cup matches, including Team Channels, Match 360, Tactical View, Cable Cam view and Highlights. The Bonus Feeds deliver seven hours of additional coverage per match and 448 total additional hours of coverage over the length of the tournament.

  • Team Channels presented by adidas & Coca-Cola – FOX Sports will produce a country-specific experience encompassing three live video feeds (match simulcast, player & coach/bench) as well as real-time, team-vs-team stats. All feeds are synced to provide concurrent views of the action from various angles of the pitch.
  • Match 360 (before & after the match) – A behind-the-scenes look two hours before each match kickoff that chronicles everything from team bus arrivals to warm-ups before the match
  • Tactical View (during the game) – Positioned high above one of the goals, this view shows all 22 players on the pitch and reveals the shape of the offense and defense of both nations; at the end of the match, coverage switches to on-field post-match interviews, followed by both team press conferences
  • Cable Cam – Suspended over the pitch, offers a unique view of the action
  • Highlights – Provides a constant loop of highlights and significant plays as they happen; shown from multiple angles, including super slo-motion replay

Additional activations:

  • Highlight Machine presented by adidas – FOX Sports will deliver the FIFA World Cup™ Highlight Machine presented by adidas. This one-of-a-kind technology brings fans all the best moments of this year’s tournament and its historic past matches, at the user’s command. By leveraging cognitive highlight and AI technology, users can create their own highlight reel by year, team, player, matches or play type, with the ability to share the highlight via their favorite social media platforms. FOX Sports has an on-going innovation collaboration with IBM to enable the best viewing experience for sports fans.
  • Social VR – Introduced at last season’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, FOX Sports once again teams with industry-leader LiveLike on a social virtual reality offering, including a custom suite and three immersive, multi-angle VR feeds from each game
  • FOX.com/FOX NOW – Live matches, 90 in 90 match highlights, match replays, live and on-demand episodes of World Cup Tonight, Phenoms and National Geographic’s Extreme Soccer Russia available in FOX Broadcasting’s multi-platform TV Everywhere offerings
  • Instant Alerts – Instant goal highlight video alerts, scores, key plays, exciting matches and video recaps when each match ends
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EPICS: TIGER AND ROCCO Premieres Sunday at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

Amid FOX Sports’ ongoing U.S. Women’s Open Championship coverage, FOX Sports Films debuts the second film in its EPICS series, TIGER AND ROCCO. The hour-long film documents Tiger Woods’ historic win over Rocco Mediate at the 2008 U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines – Woods’ final major championship win to-date.

Featuring interviews with Mediate, Steve Williams, Hank Haney and USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, plus never-before-seen highlights and first-hand accounts of the championship, TIGER AND ROCCO offers viewers an unprecedented look at golf’s ultimate test.

TIGER AND ROCCO premieres Sunday, June 3 at 1:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network, preceding FOX Sports’ final round coverage of the 73rd U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Shoal Creek from 2:00 to 7:00 PM ET on FOX.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship continues today with second round action airing from 3:00 to 8:00 PM ET on FS1.