UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and Former UFC Light Heavyweight Rashad Evans Serve as Analysts with Host Karyn Bryant
LOS ANGELES – UFC belts crowd FOX Sports this weekend as two current champions and two former title holders cover FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LINEKER VS. DODSON live on FS1 Saturday, Oct. 1. Current light heavyweight strap holder Daniel Cormier (@DC_MMA) calls fights live Octagon-side as color analyst with blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) from Portland, Ore. The duo calls the two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS starting at 9:00 PM ET on FS2 and continues on FS1 at 11:00 PM ET for the two-hour main card.
Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) join host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) to kick off the evening’s coverage from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW (8:00 PM ET) on FS2. The same team wraps up the evening with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW immediately following the main event. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on site. Former heavyweight champion and current No. 1 Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.
Top bantamweight contenders square off in Portland Saturday when hard-hitting No. 3-ranked John Lineker (28-7) faces No. 10 John Dodson (19-7) in a five-round main event. Dodson, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 14 winner, is a two-time world title challenger at 125 pounds who returned to bantamweight in April with a blistering 37-second knockout of Manny Gamburyan. Now, Dodson faces another ex-flyweight standout in Brazil’s Lineker, who has won three straight in his bantamweight run. Watch FOX Sports UFC analysts Kenny Florian and Yves Edwards provide an overview of the main event here.
The main card also features No. 11 lightweight Will Brooks (18-1), who seeks his second UFC win when he battles exciting Brazilian Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (14-3-1, 1NC). Bobby Green (23-7) and Joshua Burkman (29-13, 1NC) face each other in another lightweight battle. Rounding out the main card, No. 9 flyweight Louis Smolka (11-1) takes on Brandon Moreno (11-3).
The FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature four exciting bouts, including undefeated Henrique da Silva (11-0) fighting Joachim Christensen (13-3) in a light heavyweight bout, while No. 12-ranked featherweight Hacran Diaz (23-4-1) and Andre Fili (15-4) square off. Heavyweights Shamil Abdurakhimov (16-3) and Walt Harris (8-4) battle. Keita Nakamura (32-7-2, 1NC) and Elizeau Zaleski dos Santos (15-5) open the PRELIMS with a welterweight bout.
The FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW airs live on FS1 Friday, Sept. 30 (7:00 PM ET) with Bryant, Woodley and Evans providing insights about the fighters as they tip the scales.
Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFCPortland fights this Saturday. Plus, the popular FOXSports.com podcast Fight Society features host Damon Martin previewing the fights and interviewing headliner John Dodson, available on iTunes and Soundcloud.
For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the FOX UFC page on FOX Sports Press Pass.