FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURES REMATCH OF ONE OF UFC'S GREATEST BOUTS AT UFC(R) FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2
Sonnen and Florian Serve as Analysts on UFC FIGHT NIGHT on FOX Sports 1
LOS ANGELES, CA - The Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) (UFC(R)) returns to Brazil for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2 live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes on Sunday, Mar. 23 (7:00 PM ET), headlined by a five-round light heavyweight rematch of former UFC light heavyweight champion and current No. 7-ranked Shogun Rua (22-8) versus former Strikeforce(R) Champion and No. 8-ranked Dan Henderson (29-11). Their first bout at UFC 139 in 2011 was considered one of the greatest UFC fights of all time, with "Hendo" scoring a five-round unanimous decision victory.
"It was what I would call a slobber-knocker," says UFC announcer Joe Rogan of their first fight. "It was a fight that just went back and forth. One guy was rocked. The other guy was rocked. Dan Henderson almost had Shogun out in the first rounds. By the end of the night, Shogun was mounted on Henderson, dropping bombs on him. The crowd was on its feet. They're two championship caliber fighters and former champions. It was about as good a fight as you could ever ask for. And they're going to do it again. I expect nothing short of what they did the first time."
The UFC FIGHT NIGHT main card also features a middleweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter Brazil season one winner Cezar Ferreira (8-2) and CB Dollaway (14-6). Plus two more The Ultimate Fighter finalists, Leonardo Santos (12-4) and Norman Parke (20-2), square off in a lightweight battle. Fabio Maldonado (20-6) takes on Gian Villante (11-4) in a light heavyweight matchup, while lightweights Michel Prazeres (17-1) and Mairbek Taisumov (21-4) face each other. Featherweights Rony Jason (14-4) and Steven Siler (23-11) kick off the main card.
Jon Anik and Brian Stann call the matchups live from Natal, Brazil, while veteran combat sports journalist Karyn Bryant hosts the show from the FOX Sports 1 studios in Los Angeles, with analysts Kenny Florian and UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen. Heidi Androl interviews fighters in Brazil.
Coverage of UFC FIGHT NIGHT begins Wednesday, March 19 (7:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1 with the UFC TONIGHT, with hosts Florian and Sonnen previewing the fights. Bryant interviews Henderson before the epic rematch, while Insider Ariel Helwani adds additional reports.
The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW airs Saturday, March 22 (3:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 2 with Bryant, Sonnen and Florian in studio as the 24 fighters attempt to make weight. Androl interviews fighters during the show.
On Sunday, March 23 (4:00 PM ET), the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW kicks off the action on FOX Sports 1, with the same studio crew as Saturday providing the live coverage.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin on FOX Sports 1 at 5:00 PM ET with four fights, including Diego Brandao (22-9) against Will Chope (19-6) in an exciting featherweight bout. Middleweight Ronny Markes (14-2) faces Thiago Santos (8-2). The No. 7-ranked flyweight Jussier Formiga (15-3) takes on No. 14-ranked Scott Jorgensen, and kicking off the prelims, Thiago Perpetuo (9-3-1) fights Kenny Robertson (12-2) in a welterweight bout.
Wrapping up Sunday evening, FOX SPORTS LIVE recaps the fights immediately following the conclusion of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, with interviews of the winners and losers.
In the week leading up to the main event, FOXSports.com features extended coverage of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, including interviews with the main fighters and a live blog during the fights. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter and use the hashtag #UFCFightNight for the latest updates.
Fans can also catch the fights on FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports 1 content. Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2 through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.
Following the fights in Brazil, FOX Sports 1 has complete coverage of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER NATIONS FINALE: BISPING VS. KENNEDY, on Wednesday, Apr. 16 (7:00 PM ET).
Follow the link to watch UFC announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan break down the main event at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2: http://bit.ly/Np3lWO
FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
DATE TIME EVENT NET
Mar. 19 7:00 PM ET UFC TONIGHT FOX Sports 1
Mar. 22 3:00
PM ET UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH IN FOX Sports 2
Mar. 23 4:00
PM ET UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FOX Sports 1
Mar. 23 5:00
PM ET UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FOX Sports 1
Mar. 23 7:00
PM ET UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2 FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes
Mar. 23 10:00
PM ET FOX SPORTS LIVE FOX Sports 1
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2 Fight Card
Fighter Record vs. Fighter Record Class
#7 Shogun Rua 22-8 #8 Dan Henderson 29-11 Light Heavyweight
Cezar Ferreira 8-2 CB Dollaway 14-6 Middleweight
Leonardo Santos 12-4 Norman Parke 20-2 Lightweight
Fabio Maldonado 20-6 Gian Villante 11-4 Light Heavyweight
Michel Prazeres 17-1 Mairbek Taisumov 21-4 Lightweight
Rony Jason 14-4 Steven Siler 23-11 Featherweight
Diego Brandao 22-9 Will Chope 19-6 Featherweight
Ronny Markes 14-2 Thiago Santos 8-2 Middleweight
#7 Jussier Formiga 15-3 #14 Scott Jorgensen 14-7 Flyweight
Thiago Perpetuo 9-3-1 Kenny Robertson 12-2 Welterweight
Godofredo Pepey 10-3 Noad Lahat 7-0 Featherweight
Francimar Barroso 16-3 Hans Stringer 21-5-3 Light Heavyweight