Fox Sports 1 Unveils UFC Heavy Programming, Including 2 New Live Events

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Fox Sports 1 Unveils UFC Heavy Programming, Including 2 New Live Events
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The launch of Fox Sports 1 is 100 days away, and the newly branded network has unveiled new programming, including a huge list of UFC branded shows and events coming in August and September.

Fox Sports 1, formerly the Speed Channel, will launch on August 17 with a full-slate of live sports programming capped-off with the first ever UFC on Fox Sports 1 that night from Boston.

According to a press release from the Fox Sports Media Group sent out on Thursday, the first day of programming on the network will feature nearly eight hours of original UFC programming.

Starting at 3:30pm, UFC programming takes over the newly minted network with shows like Ultimate Insider and UFC Unleashed, which showcases past UFC fights in a highlight package.

UFC Tonight will then take to the airwaves at 5pm with a one-hour special edition with hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen leading the way. 

At 6pm, the UFC on Fox Sports 1 prelims kick off with two hours of live fights leading to the 8pm main card fight.

Three hours of live fights from Boston will highlight the main card until 11pm when Fox Sports 1 debuts their new Fox Sports Live show, which is expected to be a direct competitor to other highlight shows like ESPN's SportsCenter.

Following the initial broadcast day, the UFC will then feature their first midweek event on August 28, currently branded as Fox UFC Wednesday Live, which will showcase a three-hour main card of fights starting at 8pm ET.

The next UFC show on Fox Sports 1 will then take place on Wednesday, Sept 4 in coordination with the launch of the new season of the Ultimate Fighter, featuring women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and top contender Cat Zingano as coaches.

The card will air from 8 to 10pm ET with two-hours of live fights leading right to the beginning of the 18th season of the Ultimate Fighter, which moves to Fox Sports 1 after three seasons on the FX network.

According to a report by Tatame.com, the Sept 4 event is rumored to take place in Brazil, although no announcement has been made by UFC or Fox officials about this location for the show.

UFC programming will continue to play a heavy role on the new network throughout the rest of 2013, although specific dates and times have not yet been announced for future events.

Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report

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