DANA WHITE ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF SNOOP DOGG TO DANA WHITE’S TUESDAY NIGHT CONTENDER SERIES FOR GROUNDBREAKING “SNOOPCAST” BROADCAST FEATURE
JOINING SNOOP ON THE SNOOPCAST FEED WILL BE RECENTLY NAMED UFC HALL OF FAMER URIJAH FABER
Las Vegas, Nevada – Dana White announced today that the entertainment icon Snoop Dogg will be joining the broadcast every week for Dana White’s Night Contender Series shown live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®. Featuring on “SnoopCast,” Snoop will bring his irreverent humor and freestyle commentary to the action. Joining him on SnoopCast will be newly minted UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, a UFC/WEC veteran of over 40 professional fights, who rounds out what is sure to be the most anticipated new commentary team in sports.
Available as a secondary audio feed to the primary broadcast team, SnoopCast will provide an experience that allows subscribers to toggle between both streams in real time. Additionally, viewers will have the opportunity to see Snoop and Faber via picture in picture technology throughout the fights, giving fans a chance to get even closer to the action. This groundbreaking feature will serve as a compliment to a traditional play by play team broadcasting through the main feed of FIGHT PASS.
"I'm a big fan of UFC and looking forward to joining the team to bring my unique take on all the action,” Snoop Dogg said. “Ya'll in for a brand new experience with Dogg on the mic."
“I can’t wait to call fights with the Cali legend Snoop Dogg,” UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber said. “Snoop is on another level. Hope he brings the gin because I’ll bring the juice, laid back.”
“Snoop and I have wanted to do something together for a long time,” UFC President Dana White said. “He’s a huge fight fan and wanted to call fights. This is a fun opportunity for fans to opt into SnoopCast and hear his take along with Urijah Faber on how the fights are going.”
Fans were delighted back in April when Snoop lent his insights to highlights of UFC 210 headliners Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. Revisit those hilarious clips to get a sense of what SnoopCast will bring on a weekly basis: Daniel Cormier & Anthony Johnson
sees the highly anticipated debut of the exclusive, weekly Dana White’s Night Contender Series. Focused on finding the next generation of UFC talent, Contender Series will give competitors the biggest stage of their lives as they attempt to show they have what it takes to make it onto the UFC roster.
UFC® ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH PERFORMANCE INSPIRED™
Las Vegas – UFC® today announced a new partnership with Performance Inspired™ that establishes the brand as the “Official Sports Supplement” of UFC. With this partnership, Performance Inspired will supply its line of sports products to the UFC Performance Institute at the “Performance Inspired Fueling Station” for use by athletes currently competing under the UFC banner that visit the facility.
“The UFC has the most comprehensive anti-doping program in sports, and we just opened a state-of-the-art performance institute at our new offices, so the health and performance of our athletes is essential to everything we do,” UFC President Dana White said. “That’s why we’re partnering with Mark (Wahlberg). The reason he’s been incredibly successful is because he does things the right way, so our fighters know his Performance Inspired products are top quality, natural ingredients, that are safe to use and will help them maximize their own performance.”
“Inspiring people to be active and healthy is rewarding for me personally and the charity element of our business is an added benefit,” Performance Inspired Co-Founder Mark Wahlberg said. “It’s one of the reasons we created Performance Inspired, as it’s all about giving back and helping athletes on any level maximize their true potential. UFC athletes need nutritional support and we’re glad we can fill this necessity.”
“We’re proud UFC has put their trust in Performance Inspired products,” Performance Inspired Co-Founder Tom Dowd said. “We spared no expense formulating Performance Inspired to ensure our products both taste amazing with meaningful formulas to support the needs of athletes and customers who are looking for effective high-end nutrition they can trust.”
In addition to product placement at the UFC Performance Institute, Performance Inspired will also have a presence inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon®, on UFC.com and live-event programming, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms.
As the world’s first mixed martial arts multi-disciplinary research, innovation and performance center, the Performance Institute is a state-of-the-art 30,000 square-foot facility providing benefits and services to all athletes competing under the UFC banner. The Performance Institute is equipped with a full-time staff of experts in the fields of strength and conditioning, nutrition and physical therapy, with a designed focus to provide athletes with world class performance optimization, at no cost to the athletes. For more information, please visit UFCPI.com.
Performance Inspired products are manufactured under several industry certifications to guarantee high industrial standards, including Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). All products are also certified by Informed-Sport as banned-substance free, which includes regular testing for substances banned under the WADA code.
6TH ANNUAL UFC INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK™ TAKES OVER LAS VEGAS FROM JULY 5 – 8
Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that the 6th annual UFC International Fight Week™ will take place from , with a myriad of events throughout the MGM Resorts neighborhood area that includes T-Mobile Arena, Toshiba Plaza and Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.
UFC International Fight Week is highlighted by the 2017 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, a new, easily-accessible and fully interactive two-day UFC Fan Experience® and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® FINALE: JOHNSON vs. GAETHJE. The weeklong festivities are anchored by the highly-anticipated UFC® 213: NUNES vs. SHEVCHENKO 2 on at T-Mobile Arena.
UFC’s fan zone at Toshiba Plaza will be the one-stop-shop for all fight fans who’ve converged on the home of UFC to enjoy open workouts, weigh-ins and live entertainment, while having unparalleled free access to UFC champions, top-ranked contenders, UFC Hall of Famers, celebrities, legendary fighters and Octagon Girls®.
The yearly celebration begins on at Park Theater, with exciting events such as a live taping of “UFC Tonight” at , a can’t-miss “Women of UFC” panel at and a live taping of “TUF Talk” at
On , UFC will host a “UFC Legends” panel at prior to the UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at inside Park Theater. As a free, ticketed event, the annual UFC Hall of Fame Induction ceremony honors contributors and athletes that helped shape UFC and left an indelible mark on the sport of mixed martial arts. The ceremony will also be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
The 25th season of UFC’s landmark reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, will conclude on , with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® FINALE: JOHNSON vs. GAETHJE at T-Mobile Arena.
UFC fans will have the opportunity to engage with a record-number of athletes and talent during free autograph sessions in the T-Mobile Arena lobby. These sessions will be from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on and –
12: 00 p.m. on . This free event will run in conjunction with the two-day UFC Fan Experience at Toshiba Plaza, which will operate from on and – on .
Fans will be able to purchase exclusive UFC merchandise at the UFC store the entire week, while also having the chance to participate in numerous activities at the one-of-a-kind UFC Octagon structure with brand partners such as: Reebok, Budweiser, Toyo Tires®, Monster Energy, MetroPCS®, Performance Inspired™, HiDow, Grunt Style, 7-Eleven® and UFC GYM®.
The UFC International Fight Week app will be the official destination for the most current list of scheduled events. The app is scheduled to launch on .
All of these exciting events are in addition to the regularly scheduled fight week activities. To purchase tickets, please visitUFCTICKETS. For additional information, please visit UFC.com/fightweek and follow UFC Fight Week on Twitter @UFCFightWeek.
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(#3) RICARDO LAMAS vs JASON KNIGHT
(#8) ALJAMAIN STERLING vs (#15) RENAN BARAO
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Las Vegas – Two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world collide in the main event of UFC® 214: CORMIER vs JONES 2 when 205-pound kingpin Daniel Cormier attempts to avenge the only loss of his career against his nemesis and arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, Jon Jones. The event takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. live on Pay-Per-View.
In what has become one of the most intense rivalries in sports, Cormier (19-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) hopes to settle the score with Jones (22-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) when the two finally meet for the second time. A two-time Olympian, Cormier parlayed his elite-level wrestling into a dominant MMA career, picking apart nearly every opponent he’s faced. The lone exception is Jones, who has yet to lose a championship bout inside the Octagon®, winning 10 consecutive contests with a title on the line. Jones, utilizing his length, athleticism and flashy striking, has long been one of the most feared and imposing competitors in the UFC® and hopes to regain the title he feels is rightfully his.
Two surging light heavyweights will set the stage for the main event when No. 2 Jimi Manuwa (17-2, fighting out of London, England) clashes with No. 4 Volkan Oezdemir(14-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.). Expect the two knockout artists to leave it all on the line in Anaheim, knowing that the winner will take a giant leap forward in the title race. Manuwa is riding a two-fight win streak, with both knockout victories garnering Performance of the Night honors. Manuwa has 15 career knockouts and one submission, including 10 first round finishes. Packing an equally powerful punch and an unbeaten Octagon slate, Oezdemir has 10 knockouts and one submission — all in the first round.
The UFC’s return to Southern California will also feature a battle between promising featherweights, No. 3 Ricardo Lamas (17-5, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) and “The Kid” Jason Knight (20-2, fighting out of D’Iberville, Miss.). Coming off an impressive second-round submission victory over Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Charles Oliveira, Lamas expects that another dominant win will put him in line for a second title shot in the talent-rich 145-pound division. Looking to derail Lamas’ championship aspirations and to create his own, Knight hopes to raise his game to the next level after earning Performance of the Night honors at UFC 211 with an impressive win against veteran Chas Skelly. With 20 professional wins at just 24-years-old, Knight is a rising star in the division and looking to take advantage of every opportunity that comes his way.
· One of the most electrifying young talents in the 135-pound division, No. 8 Aljamain Sterling (13-2, fighting out of Uniondale, N.Y.) welcomes former bantamweight kingpin, No. 15 Renan Barao (35-4, 1 NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), back to the division
· Fresh off a Fight of the Year performance, No. 13 Dooho Choi (14-2, fighting out of Busan, South Korea) meets knockout artist Andre Fili (16-4, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) in a featherweight duel
· Undefeated No. 9-ranked featherweight Brian Ortega (11-0, 1 NC, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) fights in front of his hometown fans when he clashes with fellow unbeaten up-and-comer No. 11 Renato Moicano (10-0-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil)
· Versatile strawweight Kailin Curran (4-4, fighting out of Ewa Beach, Hawaii) collides with undefeated Alexandra Albu (6-0, fighting out of Moscow, Russia)
· Powerful veteran Joshua Burkman (29-15, 1 NC, fighting out of Draper, Utah) meets Muay Thai specialist Drew Dober (17-8, 1 NC, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) in a 155-pound showdown
· The Ultimate Fighter® alum Eric Shelton (10-3 fighting out of Davenport, Iowa) welcomes undefeated flyweight prospect Jarred Brooks (12-0, fighting out of Detroit, Mich.) to the UFC
· HeavyweightDmitri Smoliakov (8-2, fighting out of Kaliningrad, Russia), who has finished all of his wins, meets submission ace Adam Wieczorek (8-1, fighting out of Chorzow, Poland)
For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.