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Announcers, analysts set for UFC 213 pay-per-view, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on FS1

The UFC’s sixth annual International Fight Week festivities take place next week in Las Vegas.

Back-to-back fight cards sit atop the schedule, with The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale set to take place July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and UFC 213 slated to go down on July 8 from the same location.

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and features a lightweight main event between Michael Johnson (17-11 MMA, 9-7 UFC) and Justin Gaethje (17-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

MMAjunkie today confirmed with a FOX Sports official that Todd Grisham and Brian Stann will call the fights cageside, with Bruce Buffer serving as ring announcer.

Analysts for Thursday’s The Ultimate Fighter 25 weigh-in show on FS2, as well as the pre-fight and post-fight shows on FS1, will be former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (22-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and former multi-time UFC title challenger Kenny Florian (14-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC). Karyn Bryant serves as anchor for the programs.

The same group will serve as analysts for Friday’s UFC 213 weigh-in show on FS2, as well as the pre-fight and post-fight content on FS1.

Calling the action at UFC 213, which is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title rematch between Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, will be a three-man booth featuring Jon Anik, Joe Rogan and Stann.

Megan Olivi will serve as the backstage reporter for both International Fight Week events.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale and UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Tony Ferguson debuts as FS1 analyst at UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City; Anik, Cruz call action

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The UFC’s fifth event in Oklahoma takes place Sunday when UFC Fight Night 112 goes down from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass and features a lightweight headliner between Michael Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Kevin Lee (15-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC).

MMAjunkie today confirmed with a FOX Sports official that Jon Anik and former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will call the fights cageside.

Analysts for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 112 weigh-in show on FS1, as well as the Sunday pre- and post-fight shows, will be current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) and lightweight contender Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC). Ferguson will be making his debut in the studio. Karyn Bryant serves as the anchor for the programs.

Ferguson, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, will serve as a UFC analyst for the first time, and told MMAjunkie in an exclusive interview that he believes he’s a natural fit for the position.

Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee

“I just believe my fight IQ is through the roof,” Ferguson said. “Wholeheartedly and seriously, I love to watch the fights. I like to take a paradigm step outside of the box and really analyze the fight as a whole instead of being in a biased situation. I really believe they saw that, and they could see I can take a step outside of it regardless of if it’s my weight or not.”

The headlining bout at UFC Fight Night 112 will see No. 9 lightweight Chiesa clash with Lee, an honorable mention selection in the latest rankings. Ferguson will provide full analysis of the contest in the days leading up to it, but said he expects a top-tier fight.

“I expect fireworks,” Ferguson said. “I expect Kevin to come out a little more fuego – a little more fire – (and) attack the body of Chiesa. I think if Lee does it right, he picks him apart. He will have a big victory. But Chiesa is a tough son of a (expletive), and this is going to be a great fight.”

The UFC Fight Night 112 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Felice Herrig vs. Justine Kish
  • Joachim Christensen vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Alex Garcia vs. Tim Means
  • B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS2, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Clay Guida vs. Erik Koch
  • Carla Esparza vs. Maryna Moroz
  • Darrell Horcher vs. Devin Powell

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:30 p.m. ET)

  • Jared Gordon vs. Michel Quinones
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Josh Stansbury
  • Johnny Case vs. Tony Martin
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Marvin Vettori

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie