UFC: Groundbreaking New Season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Premieres Tonight on FOX Sports 1
NASCAR: Toyota Owners 400 Airs Saturday Evening on FOX
SOCCER: MLS Soccer Sunday Features Doubleheader on FOX Sports 1
#ICYMI: On AMERICA’S PREGAME, UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson says he can KO Floyd Mayweather in 15 seconds:
WITH HEAVY HEARTS, NASCAR ROLLS INTO RICHMOND FOR FULL WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTED BY TOYOTA OWNERS 400 SATURDAY UNDER THE LIGHTS ON FOX
With the passing of longtime FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes on Tuesday, the NASCAR community gathers in Richmond this weekend, just one week removed from an amazing showing of support for Byrnes at Bristol Motor Speedway, returning to the business of racing he represented so well for more than 30 years. Of note, Saturday’s TOYOTA OWNERS 400 originally was scheduled to air on FOX Sports 1, but now airs on the FOX broadcast network after an early season schedule change.
FOX Sports offers 19 hours of live NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES coverage from Richmond International Raceway, culminating with the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES race live on FOX on Saturday, April 25 (6:30 PM ET), with pre-race coverage beginning at 6:00 PM ET.
Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag last week at Bristol for his first victory of the season. Defending champion Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano likely have locked up spots in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup via wins in the season’s eight opening races.
2012 champ Keselowski serves as race analyst for FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race coverage on Friday, April 24 (7:30 PM ET). Keselowski is one of five NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES drivers announced as part of a rotation in the FOX and FOX Sports 1 booth for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season. Also scheduled as guest analysts this season are Jeff Gordon, Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Danica Patrick. This season, FOX Sports adds coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES for the first 14 races of the year. FOX Sports 1 telecasts 10 of the events, while FOX broadcasts the races from Phoenix, Talladega, Charlotte and Dover.
In the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES, Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon are tied for the points lead, followed by defending champion Chase Elliott (-12), Darrell Wallace Jr. (-22) and Ryan Reed (-38) after seven races. At Richmond, FOX Sports’ coverage of the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on-track sessions begins with Cup Series practice on Friday, April 24 (11:00 AM ET).
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING
- Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (6:30 PM ET)
- Talent: Play-by-play announcer Mike Joy; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum
FOX NASCAR PRE-RACE SHOW
- Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (6:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Host Chris Myers; analysts Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip; reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum
- This Week: A tribute to longtime FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, who lost his battle to cancer on Tuesday; a feature about Denny Hamlin’s 2015 season; Michael Waltrip’s Grid Walk; and an examination of what ails Tony Stewart’s on-track performance.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, April 24 (7:30 PM ET)
- Talent: Play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander; analysts Michael Waltrip and guest analyst Brad Keselowski; reporters Vince Welch, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, April 24 (7:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Host Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds and Kenny Wallace; reporters Vince Welch, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum
- This Week: A feature on Harrison Rhodes, a business school student at North Carolina State University during the week and a NASCAR driver on the weekends.
- Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (5:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Host Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds and Kenny Wallace; reporters Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie
NASCAR RACE HUB & NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 22-Thursday, April 23 (6:00 PM ET), Friday, April 24 (12:30-1:00 PM, 2:30-3:00 PM and 5:00-5:30 PM ET), Monday, April 27-Thursday, April 30 (6:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie
- This Week: On Wednesday, April 22, a look at some of longtime FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes’ greatest on-air moments; driver guest Regan Smith in-studio; “RadioActive” Bristol feature; and interviews with Richard Childress, Kyle Larson and Jason Ratcliff
- Next Week: Driver/guest analyst AJ Allmendinger on Monday, April 27; driver/guest analyst Joey Logano on Tuesday, April 28
JOHNSON BEST TECHNICAL FIGHTER IN THE UFC, SAYS FOX UFC ANALYST STANN
This weekend’s UFC 186: JOHNSON VS. HORIGUCHI features flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defending his title against No. 7-ranked Kyoji Horiguchi. FOX UFC analyst Brian Stann believes Johnson is too tough for the Japanese fighter. “I believe Johnson is technically the most proficient fighter in the UFC,” says Stann. “Everything he can do from the right, he can do the left. He can pass the guard from both sides and take you down from both sides. He’s one of the most fun champions to watch because he’s so technically sound and so fast.” FOX Sports 1 begins coverage Saturday, April 25 (7:00 PM ET) with the UFC 186 PREFIGHT SHOW, leading into the PRELIMS at 8:00 PM ET. Follow the link for a preview of UFC 186: https://youtu.be/7l4xdc_mbJs
UFC TONIGHT: TUF PREVIEW AND INTERIVEWS WITH GYM OWNERS, PLUS UFC 186 PREVIEW AND DOLLAWAY INTERVIEW
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, April 22 (8:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani
- This Week: On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier preview UFC 186: JOHNSON VS. HORIGUCHI and interview No. 11-ranked middleweight CB Dollaway about his bout against Michael Bisping. Plus, they talk to American Top Team owner Dan Lambert and Blackzilians owner Glenn Robinson about the new season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER and their bitter rivalry. Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani add reports.
UFC TONIGHT GOES NIGHTLY NEXT WEEK, AIRS AT MIDNIGHT MONDAY – FRIDAY
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1 (12:00 AM ET)
- Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani
- This Week: For one week only, UFC TONIGHT airs at Midnight (12:00 AM ET) each week night. Guests include UFC president Dana White on Monday, heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez Tuesday, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans Wednesday, bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey Thursday, and Cris “Cyborg” Justino on Friday evening.
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER SEASON 21 PREMIERES WITH ALL-NEW FORMAT: AMERICAN TOP TEAM VS. BLACKZILIANS
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, April 22 (10:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Dana White, Dan Lambert, Glenn Robinson
- This Week: The long-running reality series THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER returns to FOX Sports 1 for Season 21 with an all-new team vs. team format. A long standing rivalry between two of MMA’s top gyms, American Top Team and The Blackzilians, finally gets its day of reckoning. Two teams, 16 fighters, and two fiery gym owners battle it out for the chance to win up to $500,000 and a coveted trophy to prove which team dominates South Florida.
FOX SPORTS LIVE PRESENTS TUF TALK RECAPS PREMIERE EPISODE, PLUS INTERVIEWS WITH FIGHTERS, GYM OWNERS AND UFC PRESIDENT
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, April 22 (11:30 PM ET)
- Talent: Karyn Bryant, Dominick Cruz
- This Week: Host Karyn Bryant and analyst Dominick Cruz discuss the premiere of the new season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER and interview rival gym owners Dan Lambert of American Top Team and Glenn Robinson of Blackzilians. In addition, they catch up UFC president Dana White, and with gym members Rashad Evans and Tyron Woodley and cast member Kamarundeen Usman.
UFC 186 WEIGH-INS FEATURE ANALYSIS FROM CRUZ AND EVANS
- Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, April 24 (4:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Karyn Bryant, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans and Ariel Helwani
- This Week: The UFC 186 WEIGH-INS features host Karyn Bryant, with analysts Dominick Cruz and Rashad Evans breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.
FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 186 PREFIGHT SHOW: JOHNSON VS. HORIGUCHI PREVIEW
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (7:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans and Ariel Helwani
- This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Cruz and Evans preview the exciting evening of fights including the much anticipated title fight between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and No. 7 Kyoji Horiguchi. Glazer, Cruz and Evans also analyze the other matchups on the main card and prelims.
FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 186 PRELIMS FEATURE FOUR EXCITING BOUTS
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (8:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg
- This Week: The two-hour FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 186 PRELIMS feature four exciting fights, including welterweight Patrick Cote (21-9) against Joe Riggs (40-15). No. 3-ranked bantamweight Alexis Davis (16-6) battles No. 5 Sarah Kaufman (17-2, 1NC). Undefeated Chad Laprise (10-0) takes on Bryan Barberena (10-2) in a lightweight scrap, while Olivier Aubin-Mercier (6-1) and David Michaud (8-1) open the PRELIMS with another lightweight bout.
FOX SPORTS 1 UFC 186 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS FLYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT AND MORE
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25 (1:00 AM ET)
- Talent: Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans and Ariel Helwani
- This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Cruz and Evans break down the evening’s biggest bouts including the headliner between flyweight champion Johnson and Horiguchi. They also interview the big winners.
UFC STAR CONOR MCGREGOR’S RISE FOLLOWED IN SPECIAL WEEK-LONG EVENT: THE NOTORIOUS
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 – Friday, May 1 (12:30 PM ET)
- Talent: Conor McGregor
- This Week: THE NOTORIOUS follows the meteoric rise of the UFC’s enigmatic Irish featherweight fighter Conor McGregor. Airing nightly at 12:30 PM ET from Sunday, April 26 to Friday, May 1, the six-episode series goes behind-the-scenes for an intimate look at McGregor as he develops as a fighter, a publicity machine and a businessman.
INDIANS AT TIGERS; METS CLASH WITH YANKEES SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, April 25
- Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers: Joe Davis and Eric Karros (1:00 PM ET)
- New York Mets at New York Yankees: Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal (4:00 PM ET)
- This Week: The MLB on FOX Sports 1 pregame show (12:30 PM ET) precedes Indians at Tigers with host Kevin Burkhardt and analysts CJ Nitkowski & Frank Thomas. In this week’s program, FOX Sports 1 goes behind the scenes for an all-access feature on Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez, he trio also discusses who the Mets’ “Franchise Four” are, and Nitkowski breaks down how Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has responded since coming back from Tommy John surgery.
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays
- Thursday, April 23 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Dontrelle Willis & Frank Thomas
- Friday, April 24 (12:00 AM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Dontrelle Willis & Frank Thomas
- Monday, April 27 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Chris Myers, CJ Nitkowski & Ken Rosenthal
- Tuesday, April 28 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Chris Myers & CJ Nitkowski
- Wednesday, April 29 (7:00 PM ET) Talent: Kevin Burkhardt & CJ Nitkowski
- Show Description: MLB WHIPAROUND is FOX Sports 1’s nightly in-progress highlights and analysis studio show. The 60-minute program features live look-ins at games from across the country, courtesy of FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks, in addition to recaps and analysis from some of the games most respected journalists and former players.
GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN AIRS AT 11:30 PM ET THIS WEEK, FOLLOWING MLS DOUBLEHEADER ON FOX SPORTS 1
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 (11:30 PM ET)
- Talent: Katie Nolan
- This Week: Katie Nolan continues to tackle the hottest topics in sports, interjecting her wit, sarcasm and comedy in the weekly show GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN on FOX Sports 1. In case you missed it, last week Nolan called out marathon cheaters, chatted with actor Anthony Anderson and more. This week, Nolan sits down with Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
FOX SPORTS 1-ON-1: NFL OWNERS MEETING EDITION
- Network/When/Talent: FOX Sports 1, studio wraps by Molly McGrath, interviews by Jay Glazer and Chris Myers
- Sunday, April 26:
- New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton
- FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:30 AM ET)
- Interview by Chris Myers
- Monday, April 27:
- Legendary actor and comedian Bill Murray
- FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:30 PM ET)
- Interview by Chris Myers
- Tuesday, April 28:
- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians
- FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (10:00 PM ET)
- Interview by Jay Glazer
- This Week: The National Football League is a year-round business as fan interest and passion carries the sport throughout its nominal “offseason.” With that in mind, FOX Sports attended last month’s NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix, securing interviews with a number of the league’s most prominent and impactful decision-makers. Presented in both 30-minute and one-hour installments under the umbrella of the FOX SPORTS 1-ON-1 series, the interviews go in-depth with both head coaches and personnel executives, discussing the free agency period and looming NFL Draft among several other league issues.
FOX SPORTS LIVE – NBA AND NHL PLAYOFF RECAPS NIGHTLY, TUF TALK RETURNS WEDNESDAY, DONTRELLE WILLIS IN STUDIO FOR MLB, FEATURE ON TOP DRAFT PROSPECT SHELTON SUNDAY
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Donny Marshall, Petros Papadakis, Bill Reiter, Peter Schrager.
- This Week: FOX Sports 1’s flagship nightly highlight, news and opinion show rolls on this week featuring extended highlights and analysis, covering the action from across the spectrum of sports. FOX SPORTS LIVE recaps all of the nightly action of the NBA and NHL playoffs at the top of the show. FOX Sports 1 analyst and former 14-year NBA veteran Jim Jackson returns to the studio, breaking down all of the night’s biggest moments from the hardwood. On the NHL front, coverage continues with highlights and postgame reactions live from site at the conclusion of games. With the 21st season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER debuting on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, the popular weekly segment, “TUF TALK” returns to the top of the show, immediately following the premiere episode. Host Karyn Bryant is joined in studio by show contestants and coaches, while UFC president Dana White joins for an interview via satellite. One of the newest additions to the FOX Sports 1 on-air lineup, MLB analyst Dontrelle Willis is in studio all week, weighing in on the nightly matchups and results. The 2015 NFL Draft is right around the corner and coverage begins Sunday night as FOX Sports 1 NFL reporter Peter Schrager tells the story of first-round prospect Danny Shelton, a defensive tackle from the University of Washington who overcome significant adversity earlier in his life that included witnessing the murder of his older brother. The feature profiles Shelton over a period of weeks during his preparation for the draft in his home state of Washington. Draft coverage continues all week from Chicago with Mike Garafolo, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt and Schrager on hand covering the NFL’s marquee offseason event.
AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY PLAYOFF GAME PREVIEWS,
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (5:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jill Arrington, Joel Klatt, CJ Nitkowski, Peter Schrager, Frank Thomas
- This Week: APG airs at 5:00 PM ET Monday through Thursday this week, setting the stage for all of the nightly action, including extensive preview coverage of the NBA and NHL playoffs. With games beginning in the early evening, APG goes to site, getting live reports from local correspondents who have covered the playoff teams throughout their regular seasons and provide insights and analysis in advance of the postseason games. Additionally, FOX Sports 1 NBA analyst Donny Marshall is in studio this week, breaking down the playoff matchups. Nightly Major League Baseball previews come in from the regional sports networks around the country, profiling the night’s biggest contests as the season kicks into full gear. Wednesday’s show is highlighted by a number of UFC guests in preparation for the evening premier of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, including Rashad Evans, Tecia Torres and Steve Carl. Due to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice at Richmond on Friday afternoon, the show is preempted, returning Monday evening at 5:00 PM ET.
U.S.OPEN MEDIA DAY SPECIAL TEES OFF FOX SPORTS’ USGA COVERAGE
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX SPORTS GO, Monday, April 27 (9:30 PM ET)
- Talent: Joe Buck, Brad Faxon, Greg Norman and Holly Sonders
- This Week: With the U.S. Open Championship just around the corner, the FOX Sports golf team travels to Chambers Bay for the USGA’s U.S. Open Media Day. FOX Sports interviews USGA Executive Director Mike Davis and President Tom O’Toole to discuss everything to expect from the hardest test in golf. Course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. also joins the show to reveal some secrets of the famed links design and reigning U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer weighs in via satellite. In addition, the FOX Sports golf team will have a chance to play Chambers Bay and offer their analysis on particular points of interest and their predictions for the 115th U.S. Open.
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS WRAP UP TOMORROW; MULTIMATCH 90 RETURNS
o Zenit vs. Sevilla, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, April 23 (2:30 PM ET)
o Napoli vs. Wolfsburg, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, April 23 (2:30 PM ET)
o MULTIMATCH 90, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, April 23 (2:30 PM ET)
o Fiorentina vs. Dynamo Kiev, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, April 23 (7:00 PM ET)
o Dnipro vs. Club Brugge, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go, Thursday, April 23 (9:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Alexi Lalas.
- This Week: The UEFA Europa League Quarterfinal Leg 2 matches take place on Thursday beginning with a 30-minute pregame show, while whip-around show MULTIMATCH 90 returns to feature highlights and goals in near real-time from the four quarterfinal matches.
MLS SOCCER SUNDAY CONTINUES WITH DOUBLEHEADER ON FOX SPORTS 1
o Orlando City FC vs. Toronto FC, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 (7:00 PM ET)
o Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 (9:30 PM ET)
- Talent: JP Dellacamera calls the first match alongside Stuart Holden and sideline reporter Grant Wahl, live from the Citrus Bowl. John Strong calls the second match alongside Alexi Lalas and sideline reporter Julie Stewart-Binks live from CenturyLink Field.
- This Week: FOX Sports 1’s coverage of its second MLS doubleheader begins with a studio show hosted by Rob Stone, with Eric Wynalda and Cobi Jones providing analysis during pregame, halftime and postgame of both matches.
BASEBALL: BAYLOR WELCOMES K-STATE IN BIG 12 BATTLE
- Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 (3:00 PM ET)
- Talent: Dave Barnett and Pat Combs
- This Week: K-State and Baylor meet in Waco for a Big 12 Conference showdown this weekend, with Sunday’s three-game series finale televised live on FOX Sports 1. The Wildcats and Bears are tied in the conference standings, each at 5-10, and both squads look to make up ground with the Big 12 Tournament right around the corner.
TENNIS: BIG 12 CHAMPIONS CROWNED ON SUNDAY
- Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, April 26 (1:00 PM ET)
- This Week: The Big 12 Conference crowns its men’s and women’s tennis team champions on Sunday, April 26, live on FOX Sports 2. The men’s teams take the courts first, at 1:00 PM ET, followed by the women’s championship. Matches are played at Baylor’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.