The announce teams and analysts for Friday and Saturday’s UFC events are set.
The Ultimate Fighter 25 takes place Friday night and features Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson, while UFC 213 goes down Saturday.
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FOX Sports presents its stellar cast of veteran broadcasters and current and former world champions to call more than 15 hours of exciting live covering next week’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE: JOHNSON VS. GAETHJE and UFC 213: NUNES VS. SHEVCHENKO 2.
Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) and retired contender Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) serve as analysts on the FOX Sports desk in Las Vegas with veteran combat sports host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE: JOHNSON VS. GAETHJE on FS1 on Friday, July 7, while UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@Bisping) joins the desk Saturday, July 8 for UFC 213: NUNES VS. SHEVCHENKO 2.
Retired middleweight contender Brian Stann (@BrianStann) joins blow-by-blow announcer Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) call THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE on FS1 live from Las Vegas, while on FOX Deportes, UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the fights in Spanish.
For UFC 213 on Saturday evening, Stann joins Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call the fights, while UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez), Mario Delgado (@mariodelgadorzm) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site both nights.
UFC 213’s bantamweight title fight main event is a rematch between champion Nunes and challenger Shevchenko. FOX Sports Florian believes this rematch lives up to the exciting battle that the two had the first time they fought.
“Nunes was dominant early on, then in the third round, it was Shevchenko who was gaining speed and beating up Nunes. It got a lot of people thinking if there was a fourth or fifth round, Shevchenko would have finished her,” said Florian. “Here’s the thing – Nunes is a very different fighter than the first time they fought. She’s confident and she’s very slick with both her grappling and striking, while Shevchenko has also gotten better. I can’t wait for this fight.”
Watch the complete breakdown from last Sunday’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW here.
Coverage of this epic week of UFC events kicks off on FS1 on Wednesday, July 5 (8:00 PM ET) with the weekly news and information show UFC TONIGHT filmed on-location at the Park Theater in Las Vegas. Florian, Bisping and Bryant preview the UFC 213 women’s bantamweight title fight and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE, as well as interview headliners of both events including Amanda Nunes, Valentina Shevchenko, Michael Johnson, Justin Gaethje. Fabricio Werdum, Robert Whittaker, Dhiego Lima and Cody Garbrandt. The final episode of Season 25 of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: REDEMPTION debuts at 10:00 PM ET, followed by TUF TALK at 11:00 PM ET.
On Thursday, July 6, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN SHOW is on FS2 at 7:00 PM ET, while UFC 213 WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS2 opens Friday’s coverage at 5:00 PM ET. Action then moves to FS1 with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW on FS1 at 6:00 PM ET, PRELIMS at 7:00 PM ET, and main card at 9:00 PM ET. The coverage wraps on FS1 with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE POSTFIGHT SHOW at 12:00 AM ET.
Saturday’s programming begins at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC 213 PREFIGHT show. The UFC 213 PRELIMS continue at 8:00 PM ET, and action wraps immediately following the UFC 213 Pay Per View main event with the FS1 UFC 213 POSTFIGHT SHOW (1:00 AM ET).
Leading up to the fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #TUFFinale and #UFC213 fights this Sunday.