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UFC ON FOX DELIVERS KNOCKOUT PUNCHSATURDAY NIGHT IN PRIMETIME
Lightweight Contenders Diaz & Miller Headline Impressive Quadruple Header
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and UFC Middleweight Fighter Brian Stann JoinCurt Menefee for Pre and Postfight Coverage on FOX Sports
Action Kicks Off on FUEL TV with Live Coverage of Friday’s Weigh-Ins, ContinuesSaturday with Prelims & Postfight Shows
FOX Deportes, FOXSports.com on MSN & FOX Sports Radio Provide AdditionalCoverage & Analysis
New York, NY – Once again, UFC ONFOX invades primetime with a two-hour quadruple-header this Saturday, May 5(8:00-10:00 PM ET) live from Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
The night’s main event features two of the most exciting 155-pounders in theworld as lightweight contenders Nate Diaz (15-7-0) and Jim Miller (21-3-0) gofive rounds to get one step closer to a coveted title shot. The remaining maincard bouts include welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck (19-5-0) vs. JohnyHendricks (12-1-0), middleweights Rousimar Palhares (23-3-0) vs. Alan Belcher(16-5-0) and heavyweights Pat Barry (7-4-0) vs. Lavar Johnson (16-5-0).Koscheck and Hendricks are both dominant wrestlers with one-punch KO power.Palhares is the middleweight division’s most-feared submission ace, while Belcheris considered a rising star at 185-pounds. Barry and Johnson are two of themost lethal strikers setting up an explosive heavyweight fight. This is theUFC’s first trip to East Rutherford, NJ since 2001 when Tito Ortiz defeatedElvin Sinosic to become the UFC light heavyweight champion.
FOX Sports’ Curt Menefee kicks off the night, hosting pre- and postfightcoverage alongside UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and UFC middleweight fighterBrian Stann. Couture is the only UFC fighter to ever win the UFC heavyweightand light heavyweight titles. He proved age was not an issue when he became theoldest man ever to win a UFC title at the age of 43. Stann is coming off aknockout win over Alessio Sakara earlier this month in Sweden. The formerMarine is quickly becoming a fan favorite for both his work inside and out ofthe Octagon. An impressive performance as a guest analyst on FUEL TV inFebruary led to an outpouring of fan support and a spot on the UFC on FOX deskSaturday night. Once the battles begin, UFC announcers Joe Rogan and MikeGoldberg have the call.
Action kicks off Friday, May 4 (4:00 PM ET) with the live UFC Weigh-In on FUELTV. Karyn Bryant hosts the show from FUEL TV’s Los Angeles studios, while UFCveteran Kenny Florian and current UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Hendersonoffer analysis. Saturday, May 5 (5:00 PM ET), FUEL TV begins live coverage ofthe night’s undercards, live from East Rutherford, New Jersey. UFC Prelims onFUEL TV are hosted by Rogan and Goldberg. FUEL TV wraps coverage of the mainevent with the live UFC Postfight Show on FUEL TV immediately following UFC onFOX Saturday, May 5 (10:00 PM ET). Jay Glazer leads the one-hour recap fromFUEL TV’s Los Angeles studios, with Florian and Henderson’s analysis. ArielHelwani interviews fighters backstage after the bout.
FOX Deportes simulcasts the prelims and main card fights on Saturday, May 5beginning at 5:00 PM ET.
FOX Sports Radio also simulcasts the main card fights beginning at 8:00 PM ET.Following the fights, mixed martial arts expert Larry Pepe hosts a FOX SportsRadio wrap-up show with interviews and call-ins from 10:00 PM-1:00 AM ET. Fanscan tune into their local FOX Sports Radio affiliate or listen live at www.FOXSportsRadio.com.
In addition to providing editorial content leading up to and following thefights, FOXSports.com plans to live stream the press conference on Thursday,May 3 (2:00 PM ET) and the weigh-ins on Friday, May 4 (4:00 PM ET).
This will be the third UFC on FOX event. History was made in November when theUFC made its broadcast television debut on FOX and a record audience tuned inas challenger Junior dos Santos defeated defending champion Cain Velasquez in afirst round knockout to claim the coveted heavyweight crown. More than 5.7million viewers tuned in to make it the most-watched UFC event ever and themost-watched professional fight of any kind on any network since 2003.January’s UFC on FOX event from the United Center in Chicago dominated thenight on the important younger demographics, with FOX’s 2.4 among Adults 18-49nearly beating the combined ratings of ABC, CBS, and NBC (2.5 combined) andFOX’s 2.5 among Adults 18-34 easily beating those three network competitorscombined (1.4). The three-bout broadcast on FOX averaged 4.7 million viewersfrom 8:00 PM – 10:19 PM ET.
DATE TIME EVENT NET
Thursday, May 3 2:00 PM ET UFC on FOXPress Conference FOXSports.com
Friday, May 4 4:00 PM ET UFC Weigh-In on FUEL TV FUEL TV/FOXSports.com
Saturday, May 5 5:00 PM ET UFC Prelims on FUEL TV FUEL TV/FOX Deportes
Saturday, May 5 8:00 PM ET UFC ON FOX: DIAZ VS. MILLER FOX/FOX Deportes/FOXSports Radio
Saturday, May 5 10:00 PM ET UFC Postfight Show on FUEL TV FUEL TV
Saturday, May 5 10:00 PM ET UFC Postfight Show with MMA Expert Larry Pepe FOXSports Radio