Press Release – LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC® ON FUEL TV travels to Wembley Arena in London, live, on Saturday, Feb. 16 (3:00 PM ET) and marks the network’s first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) title fight. The seventh installment of UFC ON FUEL TV is highlighted by Renan Barao’s first interim title defense in the bantamweight division against top contender Michael McDonald. Barao is riding a 19-fight win streak (4-0 in the UFC, 31-1, 1 NC), while McDonald (8-fight win streak, 4-0 in the UFC) could become the youngest fighter in the UFC to win a title at the age of 22. The Barao vs. McDonald main event is preceded by five exciting undercard matchups, all televised by FUEL TV, while FOXSports.com live streams the six-fight Prelims.
In the POSTFIGHT SHOW, FUEL TV premieres its “Fan CAMeo,” a groundbreaking feature that allows viewers to submit video reactions to the fights. By using the FUEL TV website or app, Fan CAMeo lets viewers record video responses from their mobile phone, table or laptop, upload the clip, and have it used within minutes on the live show. Fans can upload their videos here: http://www.fuel.tv/fancameo
The afternoon telecast features a featherweight clash between Cub Swanson (18-5, 3-1 UFC), who’s riding a three-fight win streak, and Dustin Poirier (13-2, 5-1 in the UFC), who was awarded Fight of the Night honors in his back-and-forth battle with the “Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung, at UFC® ON FUEL TV 3. Undefeated Jimi Manuwa (12-0) takes on Cyrille Diabate (20-8-3) in a light heavyweight battle; Gunnar Nelson (10-0-1) tries to follow up his first round submission of DaMarques Johnson at UFC® ON FUEL TV 5 against fellow welterweight Jorge Santiago (25-10); light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo (17-1) hopes to carry the momentum from his seven-second KO of Anthony Perosh at UFC® 149 in his clash with James Te Huna (17-5), who’s coming off a victory over Joey Beltran at UFC® ON FUEL TV 4. Che Mills (15-5, 1 NC) plans on giving his home country fans something to cheer about against Matthew Riddle (7-3, 1 NC) in a welterweight war.
UFC announcers Jon Anik and Kenny Florian call all bouts live from London on FUEL TV. Host Jay Glazer, UFC number one UFC light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen and bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz offer analysis from FUEL TV’s Los Angeles studios.
Coverage of UFC ON FUEL TV 7: BARAO vs. MCDONALD begins Tuesday, Feb. 12 (10:00 PM ET) with UFC TONIGHT (10:00 PM ET), the official news and information show of the UFC and features in depth breakdowns of the main fights with hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen. The evening wraps with UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER (10:30 PM ET), a 30-minute program going behind-the-scenes to deliver an insightful preview of the World Bantamweight Championship fight between Barao and McDonald.
On Friday, Feb. 15 (11:00 AM ET) FUEL TV carries the weigh-in LIVE from London. The program is hosted by Karyn Bryant, with Sonnen and Cruz adding analysis. Veteran British MMA Journalist Gareth A. Davies interviews fighters backstage. Cruz hosts a Twitter Chat on the FUEL TV account (@fueltv) following the WEIGH-IN SHOW (1:00 PM ET).
FUEL TV and FOXSports.com are webcasting the UFC PRELIMS beginning on Saturday, Feb. 16 (9:00 AM ET) – http://www.fuel.tv/ufc/events/barao-vs-mcdonald.
Immediately following UFC® ON FUEL TV 7: BARAO vs. MCDONALD on Saturday, Feb. 16 (6:00 PM ET), the UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW airs on FUEL TV featuring host Glazer and analysts Sonnen and Cruz, breaking down the biggest and best moments of the evening. Davies provides interviews backstage live from Wembley Arena.
In addition to streaming the prelims, FOX Sports Media Group’s digital arm, FOXSports.com, produces feature stories previewing the fight, and on Fight Day offers live blogs of the main card fights and offers a post-fight recap.
FSMG’s Spanish language network FOX Deportes re-airs UFC ON FUEL TV 7′s six fights on Sunday, February 17 (5:00 PM ET).For a complete listing of FUEL TV shows, go to: http://www.fuel.tv/schedule. For more information, go to www.fuel.tv, www.fuel.tv/ufc, on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fueltv, and on Twitter at: @fueltv, #FUELTV7
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