We’ll get to UFC talk in a moment, but first, a couple of notes, beginning with this update on Legacy Fighting Alliance’s search for a new television partner:
LFA 77, which took place on Friday night in Minnesota, was videotaped for broadcast on a later date.
LFA 78 and 79, which had been originally slated for Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, respectively, have each been postponed to an undetermined date to permit LFA to secure a new television deal.
As you’ll recall, earlier in September, AXS TV had been bought by Canadian-based Anthem Sports and Entertainment, and due to the sale, the cable channel discontinued LFA coverage after LFA 76.
One note about an upcoming UFC show: The promotion has booked Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens for the co-main event of the UFC on ESPN 6 card on Friday, Oct. 18 in Boston.
Rodriguez and Stephens met last Saturday night in Mexico City, but the fight was halted in the opening moments and ruled a no-contest after Stephens sustained an eye poke.
The UFC returns to ESPN+ this Saturday morning and afternoon for UFC on ESPN+ 18, originating from Copenhagen, Denmark’s Royal Arena.
Note the early start time. Set a reminder on your phone if you have to:
Undercard action begins live at 11 a.m. EDT, 8 a.m. PDT on ESPN+, with the six-fight main card following at 2 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m. PDT.
Highlighting the card is a five-round main event in the UFC’s Middleweight division matching No. 5 contender Jack Hermansson (19-4) with No. 9 contender Jared Cannonier (11-4).
Heading into this Saturday’s main event, Jack Hermansson is the taller contestant, standing 6-foot-1, two inches taller than Jared Cannonier at 5-foot-11.
Hermansson has posted a 4-1 mark in his last five fights and enters the main event on a four fight winning streak.
Most recently, he scored a unanimous decision against Ronaldo Souza in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 8 back in April.
In the other corner, Jared Cannonier has gone 3-2 in his last five fights, coming into this main event having won two fights in a row.
Most recently, he scored a first-round TKO against Anderson Silva due to a leg injury in UFC 237’s co-main event back in May on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
The Tale of the Tape:
UFC.com shows that both contestants in this match are level in reach (77.5 inches apiece), with Jack Hermansson owning a five-inch leg reach advantage (46.5 inches to 41.5 inches).
Prediction: Jack Hermansson by third-round knockout.
Five other fights make up this Saturday’s main card:
Mark Madsen (8-0, UFC debut) vs. Danilo Belluardo (12-4) [Lightweight, co-main event]
Gunnar Nelson (17-4-1) vs. Gilbert Burns (16-3) [Welterweight]
Ion Cutelaba (14-3, one no-contest) vs. Khalil Rountree, Jr. (8-3, one no-contest) [Light Heavyweight]
Michal Oleksiejczuk (13-2, one no-contest) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (23-12) [Light Heavyweight]
Nicolas Dalby (14-2-1) vs. Alex Oliveira (19-6-1, two no-contests) [Welterweight]
UFC on ESPN+ 18 at a Glance:
Prelims: Saturday, 11 a.m. EDT, 8 a.m. PDT, ESPN+
Main Card: Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m. PDT, ESPN+
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