The day-night doubleheader of mixed martial arts action continues on Saturday evening with another UFC Fight Night, this time in Brooklyn at Barclays Center. This is the first ESPN+ UFC Fight Night since ESPN and ESPN+ became the United States television and streaming rightsholder to non-pay-per-view UFC events.
Action from Brooklyn begins at 6 p.m. EST/ 3 PST on ESPN+. The late prelims start at 8 p.m. EST/5 PST on ESPN*. The main card airs at 10 p.m. EST/7 PST back on ESPN+.
*ESPN is scheduled to air a University of Virginia at Duke University basketball game at 6 p.m. EST/3 PST Saturday evening. The game could run long, so be prepared if the start of the TV prelims move to a different ESPN channel.*
UFC Fight Night Brooklyn is headlined by a champion vs. champion fight for the UFC Flyweight title. Incumbent Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo (13-2) battles incumbent Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (17-3) for Cejudo’s belt.
Challenger Dillashaw is the taller man, standing 5-foot-6, compared to champion Cejudo’s 5-foot-4.
Dillashaw has posted a 4-1 record over his last five UFC appearances. Most recently, he scored a first-round knockout victory against Cody Garbrandt on Aug. 4 in UFC 227.
In the other corner, champion Cejudo has posted a 3-2 record over his last five UFC appearances. Most recently, he defeated Demetrious Johnson (now with ONE Championship) by split decision to take the Flyweight belt.
The Tale of the Tape:
Dillashaw has a three-inch advantage in reach (67 inches to 64 inches). He also has a 1.25-inch advantage in leg reach (38.25 inches to 37 inches) over Cejudo heading into Saturday night’s main event.
Prediction: Cejudo by second-round KO.
Other fights on Saturday’s main card:
Greg Hardy (3-0, UFC debut) vs. Allen Crowder (9-3) [Heavyweight, co-main event]
No. 15 contender Gregor Gillespie (12-0) vs. Yancy Medeiros (15-5, one no-contest) [Lightweight]
No. 2 contender Joseph Benavidez (26-5) vs. No. 8 contender Dustin Ortiz (19-7) [Flyweight]
Paige VanZant (7-4) vs. Rachael Ostovich (4-4) [Women’s Flyweight]
No. 12 contender Glover Teixeira (27-7) vs. Karl Roberson (7-1) [Light Heavyweight]
UFC Fight Night Brooklyn at a Glance:
ESPN+ Prelims: Saturday, 6 p.m. EST, 3 p.m. PST, ESPN+
ESPN Prelims: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST, ESPN (after college basketball)
Main Card: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. PST, ESPN+
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