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UFC Fight Night 26: Main Card Breakdown

As FOX does some channel reshuffling, the UFC will be present. UFC Fight Night 26 will start off the new FOX Sports 1 (FS1) station with a card that’s five hours long.

Closing everything will be light heavyweights Chael Sonnen and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Before they meet, don’t forget about the rest of the main card.

The main card has six fights, all on the new FS1 channel. The first prelim fight starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on Facebook and at 6 p.m. ET, FS1 kicks in.

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


Lightweights: Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson
The main card is full with six fights and starts with lightweights. Joe Lauzon is returning since his bloody Fight of the Year loss to Jim Miller in December. He’s tied with most post-fight bonuses at 12. Michael Johnson looks to get back to his old winning ways. After taking three wins in 2012, this year has seen him drop two in a row.

Middleweights: Uriah Hall vs. John Howard
After being hyped as a potential title challenger on The Ultimate Fighter, Uriah Hall is back. He destroyed everyone in his path on the show, sending some people to the emergency room. In the finals he couldn’t take the win in a split-decision. John Howard asked for a fight as a way to represent Boston after the attacks earlier in the year. The former UFC fighter needed six wins for another chance and became the CES middleweight champ while away.

Welterweights: Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle
Two men looking to become better known in the welterweight division are up. Matt Brown had the most wins in the shortest time span in 2012. He’s finished five of his last six within two rounds. Mike Pyle was great last year with three wins and added a split-decision to that list in May.

Bantamweights: Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara
The bantamweights make their only appearance on the main card as Urijah Faber will look for his third win in a row. He’s used the rear-naked choke twice this year to leave the victor and has only been defeated in the UFC when gold is being decided. Yuri Alcantara isn’t well known, but has a record to prove he’s the real deal. He was 2-1 for the UFC when he decided to go bantamweight. Alcantara earned a first round finish a few months back.

Heavyweights: Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne
The co-main event sees the only heavyweights on the card. Alistair Overeem was the No. 1 contender but a failed drug test caused him to miss nearly a year of action. He returned with a third round loss to Antonio “Big Foot” Silva. Browne was undefeated before hurting his hamstring in a match with Silva. He returned with Knockout of the Night for taking care of Gabriel Gonzaga in just over a minute.

Light Heavyweights: Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
It’s main event time and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua makes his first presence inside the Octagon since dropping a decision to the No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson. He’s traded wins and losses for the UFC, holding the title for a brief period. This is Chael Sonnen’s second appearance for the UFC as light heavyweight. He said after this one he’s going back to middleweight. Sonnen enters off championship defeats to Anderson Silva and Jones Jones.

For a complete breakdown of the prelims, click here.