LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports announces former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and retired title contender Kenny Florian serve as analysts alongside lead host Karyn Bryant in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio for this weekend’s back-to-back UFC events including THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE: DOS ANJOS VS. USMANon Friday, Nov. 30 and FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS VS. TUIVASA Saturday, Dec. 1.
Brendan Fitzgerald and veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith call THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE live in Las Vegas, while Heidi Androl adds reports and interviews fighters onsite. Former title contender Dan Hardy and blow-by-blow announcer John Gooden call FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS VS. TUIVASA live from Australia, with Laura Sanko reporting. On FOX Deportes, Victor Davila and Santiago Ponzinibbio have the call in Spanish both nights.
FS1’s UFC programming starts on Wednesday, Nov. 28 with the final episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS at a special time (10:30 PM ET), immediately followed by UFC TONIGHT, with hosts Florian and Daniel Cormier previewing the exciting doubleheader weekend.
On Thursday, Nov. 29, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN SHOW is telecast at 7:00 PM ET on FS2 and streaming on the FOX Sports app, with Bryant, Bisping and Florian in studio and Androl reporting onsite. The same crew kicks off Friday, Dec. 1 with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW at 6:30 PM ET live on FS1 and the FOX Sports app, while THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW follows at 7:00 PM ET.
Continuing Friday, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PRELIMS begin on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 8:00 PM ET, with four exciting bouts, while the three-hour main card continues at 10:00 PM ET, with an additional six fights. The show is headlined by a pivotal welterweight contender battle between No. 3-ranked Rafael Dos Anjos and No. 5 Kamaru Usman. In addition, the main card will feature the finals of this season’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER tournaments with heavyweight and women’s featherweight winners crowned. The final line up and bout order will be announced on Wednesday following the conclusion of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. Friday night’s coverage wraps on FS1 with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE POSTFIGHT SHOW at 1:00 AM ET.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, programming kicks off at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, as Bryant, Bisping and Florian preview the evening’s fights.
The two-hour FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS1, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app, with four exciting bouts. The main card continues at 10:00 PM ET with six more thrilling fights, headlined by former heavyweight world champion and current No. 7 Junior Dos Santos (19-5) facing No. 11 Tai Tuivasa (8-0). Plus, former light heavyweight champion and No. 13 Shogun Rua (25-11) clashes with Australian knockout artist and No. 14 Tyson Pedro (7-2). Another heavyweight legend returns as No. 10 Mark Hunt (13-13-1, 1NC) takes on No. 15 Justin Willis (7-1). Welterweights Jake Matthews (13-3) and Anthony Rocco Martin (13-4) square off, while Suman Mokhtarian (8-0) and Sodiq Yusuff (7-1) tangle in a featherweight bout. Jimmy Crute (8-0) and Paul Craig (9-2) open the main card with a light heavyweight bout.
The evening’s coverage wraps with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW at 1:00 AM ET, with the desk crew recapping the fights, while Sanko interviews fighters in Australia.
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 @UltimateFighter and @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #TUF28 fights Friday and #UFCAdelaide Saturday.
Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on the FOX Sports app, through the FS1 and FOX Deportes streams. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSports.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 available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.
FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
|Thursday,Nov. 29||7:00 PM||THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN||FS2|
|Friday,Nov. 30||6:30 PM||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN||FS1|
|Friday,Nov. 30||7:00 PM||THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW||FS1|
|Friday,Nov. 30||8:00 PM||THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PRELIMS||FS1 / FOX Deportes|
|Friday,Nov. 30||10:00 PM||THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS FINALE||FS1/ FOX Deportes|
|Friday,Nov. 30||1:00 AM||THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE POSTFIGHT SHOW||FS1|
|Saturday,Dec. 1||7:00 PM||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW||FS1|
|Saturday,Dec. 1||8:00 PM||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS||FS1 / FOX Deportes|
|Saturday, Dec. 1||10:00 PM||FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS VS. TUIVASA||FS1 / FOX Deportes|
|Saturday,Dec. 1||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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