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Top-Ranked UFC Lightweight Felder and Fitzgerald Call Bouts Saturday, with Analysts Edwards, Smith and Host Olivi on FOX Sports Desk
LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces an action-packed week of UFC programming, with the premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: UNDEFEATED on FS1 and FOX Sports GO on Wednesday, April 18, (10:00 PM ET), followed by an exciting FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BARBOZA VS. LEE Saturday, April 21 (10:00 PM ET).
The highly anticipated 27th season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: UNDEFEATED features a dynamic cast of eight unbeaten lightweight and eight unbeaten featherweight fighters coached by heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion and FOX Sports analyst Daniel Cormier.
Wednesday’s FS1 UFC programming block kicks off with UFC TONIGHT (8:00 PM ET), where hosts Cormier and Kenny Florian discuss the new season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, and preview UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BARBOZA VS. LEE. At 9:00 PM ET, a new episode of UFC FIGHTER’S CUT: JEREMY STEPHENS premieres, featuring the exciting No. 5 ranked featherweight Stephens breaking down some of the biggest fights of his career.
Following the premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: UNDEFEATED, the late-night companion show TUF TALK returns with host Karyn Bryant, Bisping and RJ Clifford recapping the evening’s episode and interviewing cast members. Now in its fifth season, TUF TALK airs each Wednesday at 11:00 PM ET.
The action moves to Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, April 20, with the UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS2 and FOX Sports GO at 5:00 PM ET. Host Megan Olivi and analysts Yves Edwards and Jimmy Smith are in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio discussing the fighters, while Heidi Androl reports onsite. The same crew kicks off Saturday’s programming at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW on FS1 and FOX Sports GO, previewing the evening’s bouts.
Saturday’s bouts are called by top-ranked UFC lightweight Paul Felder and blow-by-blow announcer Brendan Fitzgerald from Atlantic City. Brandon Moreno and Troy Santiago have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.
The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO with four exciting bouts. Ryan LaFlare (13-2) fights Alex Garcia (15-4) in a welterweight scrap. No. 15-ranked flyweight Magomed Bibulatov (14-1) and Ulka Sasaki (20-5-2) tangle, while Siyar Bahadurzada (23-6-1) and Luan Chagas (15-2-1) square off at 170 pounds. Plus, No. 10-ranked light heavyweight Corey Anderson (10-4) battles No. 11 Patrick Cummins (10-4).
The three-hour main card begins on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO at 10:00 PM ET and features an exciting lightweight bout between top-ranked contenders, as No. 4-ranked Edson Barboza (19-5) takes on No. 7 Kevin Lee (16-3) in the main event. Rounding out the main card, No. 3-ranked featherweight Frankie Edgar (21-6-1) faces No. 4 Cub Swanson (25-8). Justin Willis (6-1) and Chase Sherman (11-4) meet in a heavyweight tilt. No. 8-ranked middleweight David Branch (21-4) and No. 11 Thiago Santos (17-5) square off. No. 8-ranked bantamweight Aljamain Sterling (14-3) and No. 14 Brett Johns (15-0) scrap. Plus, New Jersey native Jim Miller (28-11, 1NC) and Dan Hooker (16-7) open the main card with a lightweight bout.
The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW, where Olivi, Edwards and Smith recap the evening, while Androl 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 radios and on the SiriusXM app.
FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
|Wednesday,April 18||8:00 PM||UFC TONIGHT||FS1|
|Wednesday,April 18||9:00 PM||UFC FIGHTER’S CUT: JEREMY STEPHENS||FS1|
|Wednesday,April 18||10:00 PM||THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: UNDEFEATED||FS1|
|Wednesday,April 18||11:00 PM||TUF TALK||FS1|
|Friday,April 20||5:00 PM||UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW||FS2|
|Saturday,April 21||7:00 PM||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW||FS1|
|Saturday,April 21||8:00 PM||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS||FS1 / FOX Deportes|
|Saturday,April 21||10:00 PM||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BARBOZA VS. LEE||FS1 / FOX Deportes|
|Saturday,April 21||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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