UFC Fight Nights get NEW home as FOX debuts FS1

UFC Fight Nights get NEW home as FOX debuts FS1


Fans eagerly wait as FOX prepares to debut its new 24 hour sports channel this Saturday appointing the Ultimate Fighting Championship to help christen the launch of FOX Sports 1. Never one to shy away from their “Ask and you shall receive.” mantra the UFC has put together a jam packed fight card that takes place live on August 17th from TD Garden in Boston. Headlining UFC Fight Night 26 will be a mix martial arts fan’s dream light-heavyweight matchup as Brazilian KO’ sensation Mauricio “Shogun” Rau looks to finally get his hands on the trash talking, self proclaimed “American Gangster” Chael Sonnen, also on the card is a heavyweight showdown between “The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem who returns to action after a six month absence to take on the always dangerous Travis Browne in the nights co main event.


MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
•Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
•Travis Browne vs. Alistair Overeem
•Yuri Alcantara vs. Urijah Faber
•Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle
•Uriah Hall vs. John Howard
•Michael Johnson vs. Joe Lauzon

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 6 p.m. ET)
•Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett
•Max Holloway vs. Conor McGregor
•Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler
•Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
•Manny Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller
•Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux
•Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick

Definitely a stacked line-up from the prelims all the way to the main card full of a long list of exciting fighters; Faber, Holloway, McGregor, Brown, Plye, Lauzon to name a few but no matter how you match them up it’s all can’t miss action going down this Saturday on FS1, channel um…umm.  I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad for not knowing, as Chael Sonnen told MMAjunkie.com in a recent phone interview that he too had trouble finding what channel to set his DVR to;

“When I went to work at ‘UFC Tonight’ a couple weeks ago, I said, ‘Hey, what channel is FS1 going to be on,’ and they didn’t know,” adding “They said it was a work in progress, and that was two weeks ago.”

The FOX network has long looked to launch a round the clock 24 hour sports broadcasting station to directly compete with ESPN and ESPN2, feeling that the time to do so is now by rebranding two of its existing channels.  So don’t fret fight fans instead of searching for entirely new channels in fear that you may be the only person on your block not enjoying the UFC this weekend, all you have to do is turn to a couple of current ones as Speed will now be known as FS1 and Fuel TV switches to FS2 respectively this coming Saturday. Check with your cable provider and make sure you do not miss any of the action!

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