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UFC Fight Night 26: Prelim Breakdown

As FOX does some channel reshuffling, the UFC will be present. UFC Fight Night 26 will start off the new FOX Sports 1 station with a card that’s five hours long.

Closing everything will be light heavyweights Chael Sonnen and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Before the main event, don’t forget about the prelims.

The prelims are seven fights, with the first three coming via Facebook before flipping on the TV. The first fight starts at 4:30 p.m. ET and at 6 p.m. ET, FS1 kicks in.

UFC Fight Night 26 is August 17 from the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Stay with FightLine for the play-by-play and the latest news from the show.

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Lightweights: Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick
The first of three Facebook bouts start the long show. Ramsey Nijem has three wins out of the UFC before Myles Jury knocked him out cold in April. James Vick debuts for the promotion with four wins.

Light Heavyweights: Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux
Besides the main event, this is the only showing by light heavyweights. Cody Donovan earned Fight of Night for a late first round win of Nick Penner. Ovince St. Preux, from Haiti, came from Strikeforce and got the technical decision in his debut after an eye poke.

Featherweights: Manvel Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller
Facebook closes as the featherweights make their first outing. Manvel Gamburyan has had trouble sticking to a fight this year due to injuries. He’ll look to get some sort of win streak since ending a three fight losing skid last summer. Since returning to featherweight, Cole Miller is 1-2 with the defeats via decision.

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)

Featherweights: Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda
As the prelims continue, we switch to the new FOX Sports 1 station. Diego Brandao will look for his third UFC win since taking The Ultimate Fighter 14. Daniel Pineda used a kimura for Submission of the Night in April.

Featherweights: Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler
Mike Brown was debating retirement before getting his second consecutive UFC win. Two decision wins and Brown inked a new five fight deal. Steven Siler is 4-1 for the promotion and this is fight number two of the year. In April, he took the decision over Kurt Holobaugh.

Featherweights: Conor McGregor vs. Max Holloway
Of everyone on the entire card, Conor McGregor has gained the most attention. The Irishman made quick work in his UFC debut and entered as a duel champion from Cage Warriors. Max Holloway, a replacement fighter, had his three fight win streak ended by Dennis Bermudez in a close May encounter.

Bantamweights: Brad Pickett vs. Michael McDonald
The prelims will close with bantamweights looking to rebuild the division. Brad Pickett took his fourth Fight of the Night when he got the split-decision on Mike Easton. Michael McDonald returns to the Octagon since dropping a shot at interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao in February.

Check back tomorrow for a breakdown of the main card.