This Saturday night, the UFC makes its debut in Belem with Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders at UFC Fight Night 125.
Bouts are scheduled to air live on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1. The main card, which goes down on FS1, also features John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz and Valentina Shevchenko vs. Priscila Cachoeria.
Brendan Fitzgerald will call the action with lightweight contender Paul Felder serving as play-by-play. Heidi Androl is on site for interviews, with Victor Davila and Brandon Moreno voicing the Spanish broadcast on FOX Deportes.
Below is a press release with more information about plans from FOX Sports:
FOX Sports announces current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) and retired lightweight contender Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) serve as desk analysts alongside lead UFC host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. ANDERS programming on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Blow-by-blow announcer Brendan Fitzgerald (@BrendanFitzTV) and UFC lightweight contender Paul Felder (@FelderPaul) call the bouts live Octagon-side from Belem, Brazil. Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) adds reports and interviews fighters on-site. Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Brandon Moreno (@theassassinbaby) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.
As soon as unbeaten rising star Eryk Anders (10-0) defeated Markus Perez on Dec. 9, he called for his next fight to be against a Brazilian icon in Brazil. On Feb. 3, Anders gets his wish when he faces former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-8) in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT in Belem, Brazil. Despite growing up in Belem, Machida never fought in his hometown as a professional, until now. Attempting to spoil the homecoming party will be the hard-hitting Anders, a former linebacker for the University of Alabama, who is unbeaten in 10 MMA bouts, a run that includes UFC victories over Perez and Rafael Natal.
FOX Sports UFC programming starts on Friday, Feb. 2 (5:00 PM ET), with the UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS2 and FOX Sports GO with Bryant, Woodley and Edwards in studio discussing the fights, while Androl reports onsite. The same crew kicks off Saturday’s programming at 7:00 PM ET with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW on FS2 and FOX Sports GO, previewing the evening’s fights.
The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS2, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO with four exciting bouts. Welterweight Sergio Moraes (12-4-1) faces Tim Means (27-9-1, 1NC). Alan Patrick (14-1) and Damir Hadzovic (11-3) meet in a lightweight tilt. Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-2, 1NC) and Marlon Vera (10-4-1) square off in a bantamweight battle. Vet Iuri Alcantara (34-9, 1NC) and Joe Soto (18-6) open the PRELIMS with another bantamweight bout.
The three-hour main card begins on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO at 10:00 PM ET and features five more action-packed bouts. No. 8-ranked bantamweight John Dodson (20-9) fights No. 10 Pedro Munhoz (15-2, 1NC). No. 1-ranked bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko (14-3) moves to 125 pounds to face Priscila Cachoeira (8-0), while Michel Prazeres (22-2) and Desmond Green (20-5) square off at 155 pounds. No. 15-ranked heavyweight Tim Johnson (11-4) battles Marcelo Golm (6-0). Plus, Thiago Santos (16-5) and Anthony Smith (28-12) open the main card with a middleweight bout.
The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW, where Bryant, Woodley and Edwards recap the evening, while Sanko interviews fighters.