THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Premieres 4/16 on Fox Sports 1
Two seasons of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER(R) converge on Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday, April 16, when UFC FIGHT NIGHT(R): BISPING VS. KENNEDY features The Ultimate Fighter Nations welterweight and middleweight finals, the coaches' fight and an exciting headliner between No. 5-ranked middleweight Michael Bisping (25-5) and No. 8-ranked Tim Kennedy (17-4). Fox Sports 1 carries the preliminary bouts beginning at 5:00 PM ET, followed by the main card at 7:00 PM ET from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Immediately following UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BISPING VS. KENNEDY is the two-hour season premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER(R): TEAM EDGAR vs. TEAM PENN (10:00 PM ET), highlighting 16 middleweights and 16 light heavyweights battling for a spot on the team of either former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar or two-division champion BJ Penn.
UFC on FOX analyst Brian Stann believes the headliner between Bisping and Kennedy is a toss-up. "Kennedy has one of the best top games in mixed martial arts and he's showcased his knockout power in his last fight against Rafael Natal. Bisping is one of the best all-around mixed martial artists in the middleweight division. Every time people start to count him out, he comes in and wins fights."
In addition to the main event between Bisping and Kennedy, UFC Fight Night consists of 12 more thrilling matchups including The Ultimate Fighter Nations Team Canada coach Patrick Cote (20-8) and Team Australia coach Kyle Noke (20-6-1) in an exciting welterweight bout. The Ultimate Fighter Nations middleweight final features Sheldon Westcott (8-1) versus Elias Theodorou (8-0), while the welterweight final pits Chad Laprise (7-0) against Olivier Aubin-Mercier (4-0). No. 6-ranked Dustin Poirier (15-3) faces Akira Corassani (14-4-1) in a featherweight clash. And No. 5-ranked Sarah Kaufman (16-2, 1NC) takes on UFC newcomer Leslie Smith (6-4-1) in a women's bantamweight battle. Kenny Florian and Jon Anik call the fights live from the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada.
Coverage of UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BISPING VS. KENNEDY begins Tuesday, April 15 (4:00 PM ET) on Fox Sports 2 with the live UFC WEIGH-IN. Veteran combat sports journalist Karyn Bryant hosts, with UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 5-ranked light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier providing analysis. Heidi Androl interviews fighters on-site in Canada.