The UFC is set to make their debut on their new home on Saturday, August 17, which is the brand new launch of the FOX Sports 1 channel. The event will be headlined by the light heavyweight bout between former UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and former two-time middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen. The co-main event will feature a heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne. The event will take place at the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts, with three preliminary fights airing on Facebook beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The preliminary fights will then move on over to the FOX Sports 1 channel at 6 p.m. ET.
America’s new sports network, FOX Sports 1, launches on Saturday, Aug. 17with an unprecedented six hours of Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) programming including the UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SONNEN live in prime time from TD Garden in Boston, MA. The headline bout features former UFC champion and Brazilian superstar Shogun Rua (21-7) against three-time world title challenger Chael Sonnen (28-13-1) in an epic light heavyweight showdown.
In 2010, Assuncao, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Black Rope in Capoeira, defeated John Mahlow to capture the XFC Lightweight Championship. Before being able to defend his new title, Assuncao was offered the opportunity to return to the UFC, so with the blessing of XFC President John Prisco, Junior was let out of his contract and he respectfully vacated his belt.
ProMMAnow.com talks with Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (15-4), who is currently riding a five-fight win streak (three by way of (T)KO) and is 2-0 inside the World Series of Fighting cage. The former UFC light heavyweight standout was scheduled to return to action on Sept. 14 against Mike Kyle at WSOF 5, but suffered a hand injury and was forced to withdraw from the bout.
MMA veteran Antonio McKee (28-6-2) decided to call it a career following his technical decision loss to Lewis Gonzalez at the WSOF 4 event on Saturday night in Ontario, California. McKee made his MMA debut in 1999 and fought in numerous promotions, including the IFL, MFC, and the UFC. McKee spoke candidly with our friend Aaron Tru of MMAPrime about his decision.