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Fox UFC Fight Night
Fox UFC logo.jpg
Current logo for Fox Sports' UFC coverage
Also known as'Fox UFC Saturday
FS1 UFC Fight Night
Fox UFC
FXX UFC Fight Night'
GenreMixed martial arts telecasts
Presented by(see section)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes(list of episodes)
Production
Production location(s)All locations in arenas
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time180 minutes or until game ends
Production company(s)Zuffa
Fox Sports
Release
Original networkFox (2011–2018)
Fox Deportes (2011–2018)
Channel FX (2012–2018)
Fuel TV (2012–2013)
Fox Sports 1 (2013–2018)
Fox Sports 2 (2013–2018)
FXX (2017–2018)
Picture format720p (HDTV)
(downconverted to letterboxed 480i on SDTV feed)
Original releaseNovember 12, 2011 (2011-11-12) –
December 15, 2018 (2018-12-15)
External links
Website

Fox UFC Fight Night (previously referred as Fox UFC Saturday for broadcasts on Fox or FS1 UFC Fight Night for broadcasts on other Fox-owned properties) was the branding used for telecasts of mixed martial art competitions from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that were produced by Fox Sports. Previously, UFC on Fox was also used as a blanket title for UFC events aired on the Fox network, although since the concurrent launch of Fox Sports 1 and rebranding of Fuel TV as Fox Sports 2 in August 2013, all live UFC broadcasts on Fox-owned networks (including preliminaries, UFC Fight Night and The Ultimate Fighter Finale) have since used the name.

History[edit]

Former logo

On August 18, 2011, the Ultimate Fighting Championship reached a seven-year broadcast agreement with Fox Sports, giving it the rights to televise matches sanctioned by the promotion through 2018, ending the UFC's relationship with cable channel Spike. Through the agreement, Fox Sports would air four live events per year in either prime time or late night, as well as other UFC programming (including UFC Fight Night, Road to the Octagon and The Ultimate Fighter) on its various broadcast and cable properties, including on Fox, FX and Fuel TV.[1] The deal was significant as it marked the first time that the UFC would televise its events on terrestrial television in the United States.

Incidentally, MyNetworkTV (a sister network-turned-programming service of the Fox broadcast network) previously carried events from the International Fight League, then a competitor to the UFC, from September to November 2007 under a time-buy arrangement[citation needed] until the UFC purchased that promotion (MyNetworkTV is not included in Fox Sports' UFC agreement). The first UFC event to air as part of the agreement was a title card between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez, which aired on Fox on November 12, 2011.[2]

The broadcast partnership between Fox and the UFC ended at the conclusion of 2018 as the promotion signed a new broadcast deal with ESPN that began in January 2019.[3]

Commentators[edit]

On-air staff[edit]

Broadcast history[edit]

All matches listed are for those broadcast on the Fox network.

Match Date Venue
Velasquez vs. dos Santos November 12, 2011 Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Evans vs. Davis January 28, 2012 United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Shogun vs. Vera August 4, 2012 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Henderson vs. Diaz December 8, 2012 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Johnson vs. Dodson January 26, 2013 United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
Henderson vs. Thomson January 25, 2014 United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Lawler vs. Brown July 26, 2014 SAP Center, San Jose, California
dos Santos vs. Miocic December 13, 2014 US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Gustafsson vs. Johnson January 24, 2015 Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Machida vs. Rockhold April 18, 2015 Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 July 25, 2015 United Center, Chicago, Illinois
dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 December 19, 2015 Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Johnson vs. Bader January 30, 2016 Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Maia vs. Condit August 27, 2016 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
VanZant vs. Waterson December 17, 2016 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
Shevchenko vs. Peña January 28, 2017 Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Johnson vs. Reis April 15, 2017 Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Weidman vs. Gastelum July 22, 2017 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Lawler vs. dos Anjos December 16, 2017 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 January 27, 2018 Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Emmett vs. Stephens February 24, 2018 Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 December 15, 2018 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Whitman (August 18, 2011). "UFC, Fox Announce 7-Year Broadcast Deal". Sherdog.com. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "It's Official: UFC and Fox Are Now in Business Together". MMA Weekly. August 18, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  3. ^ ESPN Newswire (2018-05-23). "ESPN to broadcast 30 UFC events per year during 5-year deal". espn.com. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  4. ^ "New commentator Jon Anik says broadcast partner will be a UFC fighter". MMAjunkie. November 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Damon Martin (November 10, 2011). "Fox Commentators Welcome UFC with Open Arms". MMA Weekly. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Brian Stann Hired as Analyst for Future UFC on FOX Events". Cage Potato. Retrieved January 25, 2015.