Saturday night’s FS1 UFC Fight Night from Adelaide, Australia (main card 10 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. PST) will be the 460th lifetime card for the UFC.
It’s also the last UFC Fight Night card to carry the FS1 signature after five years. (Televised prelims of UFC 231, UFC on FOX 31 and UFC 232 will air later in the month on the network, as well.)
The network launched on Aug. 17, 2013, with late prelims of UFC Fight Night Boston, followed by the main card in primetime, with Chael Sonnen defeating Mauricio Rua by first-round submission (guillotine choke) in the headliner.
UFC Fight Night 26 was followed by the debut of FOX Sports Live, anchored by Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, who came to FS1 after a lengthy stint as the main anchors of SportsCentre on Canada’s TSN. FOX Sports Live was a sports newscast interspersed with debate segments at launch.
After several years and a format change mirroring a comedy show, FOX Sports Live (later retitled FOX Sports Live with Jay and Dan) was canceled and Onrait and O’Toole returned to TSN to host SC with Jay and Dan.
Now, 114 UFC Fight Night cards later, FS1 ends its run with a main event matching No. 7 contender Junior dos Santos (19-5) vs. No. 11 contender Tai Tuivasa (8-0) in a Heavyweight bout.
Junior dos Santos is the taller competitor heading into this Saturday’s main event at 6’4”, with Tuivasa at 6’2”.
In his last five appearances, dos Santos has posted a 3-2 record, most recently defeating Blagoy Ivanov during UFC Fight Night Boise on July 14 on FS1 in the main event (unanimous decision.)
Tuivasa has posted a 5-0 record in his last five MMA appearances, most recently scoring a unanimous decision against Andrei Arlovski during the UFC 225 pay-per-view on June 9.
The Tale of the Tape:
UFC.com shows that dos Santos holds the advantage in both reach (77 inches to 75 inches) and leg reach (41 inches to 39.5 inches) respectively over Tuivasa heading into the fight.
Prediction: Tuivasa by first-round knockout.
Other fights on the main card:
No. 10 contender Mark Hunt (13-13-1, one no contest) vs. No. 15 contender Justin Willis (7-1) [Heavyweight]
No. 13 contender Mauricio Rua (25-11) vs. No. 14 contender Tyson Pedro (7-2) [Light Heavyweight,co-main event ]
Jake Matthews (13-3) vs. Tony Martin (13-4) [Welterweight]
Jim Crute (8-0, UFC debut) vs. Paul Craig (9-2) [Light Heavyweight]
Sodiq Yusuff (7-1, UFC debut) vs. Suman Mokhtarian (8-0, UFC debut) [Featherweight]
UFC Fight Night Adelaide at a Glance:
UFC Fight Pass Prelims: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass
FS1 Prelims: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST, FS1
Main Card: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. PST, FS1
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