Fox and its affiliate networks will offer up a full slate of UFC
content ahead of next Saturday’s prime-time
UFC on Fox 5 card.
Fox Sports Media Group on Thursday issued a release detailing its
coverage of the event, which will see UFC lightweight champion
Henderson defend his belt against top contender Nate Diaz in
the evening’s headliner.
Fox launches its week of coverage this Sunday, Dec. 2, with “UFC on
Fox 5: Road to the Octagon,” an hour-long special which examines
how the show’s main-card fighters “range in style, strategy and
preparation.” While UFC President Dana White stated on a recent
media conference call that the program would occupy the prime time
slot after Fox’s NFL Sunday coverage, Thursday’s release notes that
the special could potentially air prior to the game, at either 3:00
or 4:30 p.m. ET.
“Road to the Octagon” will also re-air Tuesday, Dec. 4, on Fuel TV
at 9:00 p.m. ET. Immediately following that broadcast will be new
episodes of “UFC Tonight” (10:00 p.m. ET) and “UFC Ultimate
Insider” (10:30 p.m. ET) focused on the championship bout.
The UFC’s 155-pound champ will be featured on Wednesday, Dec. 5,
when Fuel TV will air “Benson Henderson: Rising Up,” a 60-minute
“documentary-style special” which aims to provide a “raw look” at
Henderson’s life outside the cage.
The event’s official weigh-in takes place Friday, Dec. 7, and airs
live on Fuel TV at 7:00 p.m. ET from Seattle’s KeyArena.
Finally, Dec. 8’s preliminary card will be broadcast live in a
three-hour special on FX (5:00 p.m. ET), followed by the main card
on Fox (8:00 p.m. ET). Longtime UFC announcers Mike Goldberg and
Joe Rogan will call all of the evening’s bouts from Seattle, while
the team of Curt Menefee, Brian Stann
Couture will provide main-card analysis from Fox Network Center
in Los Angeles.