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Michelle Waterson returns to analyst desk for Sunday's UFC Fight Night 113 event

UFC strawweight contender Michelle Waterson will join the broadcast team for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 113 event, MMAjunkie today confirmed with FOX Sports officials.

Waterson joins UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former title challenger Kenny Florian as analysts on the FOX Sports desk in California alongside host Karyn Bryant.

Meanwhile, Dan Hardy and John Gooden will call the fights cageside from SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Heidi Androl interviews fighters backstage, while Bruce Buffer will take his familiar position in the octagon.

Waterson debuted as an analyst in January, when she was at the desk for “UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena.” She believes the opportunity to do it again will actually continue to help her in-cage game, as well.

“I’m excited about it because as a martial artist, I think it’s always important to remember that you’re a student of the game, and the best way for me to do that is to force myself into situations where I have to study people that I don’t normally do,” Waterson told MMAjunkie. “I think that being behind the desk really does force you to step back as a fighter, yourself, and just analyze it from an outside perspective.”

UFC Fight Night 113 features a welterweight matchup between potential future contenders Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC). Both the main card and preliminary bouts air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Waterson, who’s currently an honorable mention in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings, admits that despite a decade of professional fighting experience, sitting behind a desk still brings out the nerves. But she’s excited to offer her expertise on the card, including the night’s co-feature, which sees a clash of fellow strawweights with Joanna Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Cynthia Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

“There’s a lot of hype behind Cynthia,” Waterson said. :She’s been able to pop off some really impressive wins, scrambling submissions. I think by her fighting ‘JoJo,’ it will be a great test for her because ‘JoJo’ is a great standup fighter who is more lengthy, more rangy and doesn’t necessarily like to go to the ground, so I’d like to see how Cynthia deals with her standup.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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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

UFC analyst Kenny Florian commends Derrick Lewis for calling out Mark Hunt

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MMA analyst Kenny Florian believes UFC Fight Night 110 headliner Derrick Lewis is going to be an integral part of the UFC heavyweight division for the foreseeable future, and that’s because he brings a unique package to the table.

Lewis (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC), who meets Mark Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC) in the main event of Saturday’s FS1-televised card at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand (early prelims stream on UFC Fight Pass), has needed just over three years in the UFC to become a fan favorite.

Not only does “The Black Beast” deliver violent knockouts at a consist rate, but his skills are complemented by an edgy (and oftentimes crude) personality, which has gained him a solid following in a short time.

Although Lewis, No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, has already beaten some solid veterans such as Travis Browne, Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga in the midst of his current six-fight UFC winning streak, the matchup with No. 11-ranked Hunt is his most significant to date.

Lewis specifically requested the bout, and Florian, who serves as an FS1 studio analyst for all UFC Fight Night 110 programming, said that’s a commendable action and reason why Lewis has quickly caught momentum.

“What’s so cool is Derrick Lewis, out of all the people he could call out, he calls out Mark Hunt,” Florian told MMAjunkie Radio. “I think it shows that this is a guy who is willing to stand and trade, and he wants to put on exciting fights. First and foremost, this guy is an entertainer.

“He’s hilarious if you look at his Instagram. He’s very, very funny. He does want to go out and be entertaining; he wants to be remembered. You’ve go to respect that. Not a lot of people who are strikers are going to call out Mark Hunt.”

Lewis told MMAjunkie prior to UFC Fight Night 110 that he asked for Hunt because he considers “The Super Samoan” to be the toughest member of the UFC heavyweight division. Hunt may not have the prettiest of records when it comes to wins and losses, but he’s competed against the very best for more than a decade.

Florian feels that, win or lose, Hunt will help answer more questions about the extent of Lewis’ ability. There aren’t many capable of out-striking the former K-1 champion, but if Lewis can pick up his ninth knockout in 10 octagon victories, it would be a testament of where he belongs in the division, Florian said.

“I think that Derrick Lewis definitely can be a cleaner fighter,” Florian said. “There’s still a lot for him to learn. As far as beating someone like Mark Hunt, yeah, that puts him on the top, especially considering the fact he just beat Travis Browne.”

If it were up to him, Lewis would be next to challenge heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) if he can get past Hunt. Lewis said he matches up up very well with the current champ and would be confident in a title bout.

Florian (14-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC), who fought for a UFC title three times before retiring in May 2012, is not as willing to commit to the idea of Lewis being the one to dethrone Miocic. However, he does know a victory would validate him on an even greater level.

“He’s on a little win-streak here, (and) he’s a marketable guy as well,” Florian said. “I definitely think a win over Mark Hunt puts him right there near the top. The heavyweight division is kind of light (on talent), no pun intended. I think it puts him in a good position.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Source: MMA Junkie

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2463 with Kenny Florian and Geane Herrera

Stream or download Wednesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Kenny Florian and Geane Herrera.

Florian joined the show to talk about UFC Fight Night 110, which takes place this weekend and is headlined by Derrick Lewis vs. Mark Hunt. Herrera is looking for an opportunity with Bellator or ONE Championship after taking some time off following his dismissal from the UFC.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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