UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz features an all-star doubleheader on Saturday, March 5, featuring featherweight world champion Conor McGregor (19-2) moving to welterweight for an intriguing showdown with perennial contender Nate Diaz (19-10) in the main event. Plus, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm (10-0) looks to follow up her stunning knockout of Ronda Rousey with another big win, this one against No. 2 ranked Miesha Tate (17-5).
FOX Sports features expanded coverage of the exciting event and announces its broadcast team including UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@TheDomin8r), No. 2 ranked featherweight contender Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) and retired UFC middleweight Brian Stann (@BrianStann), who work as analysts alongside host Jay Glazer (@jayglazer) on the FOX Sports desk live in Las Vegas for the action on Friday and Saturday. Ariel Helwani (@ArielHelwani) serves as reporter, interviewing fighters backstage.
Saturday’s coverage features an expanded hour-and-a-half FS1 UFC 196 Pre-Fight Show (6:30 PM ET) with the same team on the desk, leading into the two-hour FS1 UFC Fight Night Prelims (8:00 PM ET). The Prelims feature two exciting welterweight battles including Brandon Thatch (11-3) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (21-6-1) and Erik Silva (18-6, 1NC) against Nordine Taleb (10-3). Middleweights Vitor Miranda (12-4) and Marcelo Guimaraes (9-1-1) square off. No. 11-ranked featherweight Darren Elkins (20-5) and Chas Skelly (15-1) open the PRELIMS on FS1. Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and Mike Goldberg (@MFG16) call the fights on FS1 live from Las Vegas, while Victor Davila, Erik “Goyito” Perez, and Mario Delgado make the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.
The evening wraps up after the Pay-Per-View with exclusive post-fight coverage on the FS1 UFC 196 post-fight show, including interviews of winners, highlights of the main card and analysis of all the action.
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Laura Rutledge Celebrates Chemistry Of NFL Live
“It is truly the absolute joy of my life to get their opinions and to sit with them every single day and hear what they have to say.”
Laura Rutledge is very happy with where NFL Live is as the current lineup gets set to enter its third season together. She told The Big Lead that there is genuine chemistry between herself, Marcus Spears, Mina Kimes, and Dan Orlovsky and that is why she doesn’t feel the need to emulate any of sports television’s many debate shows.
“You don’t want to see people yelling at each other all the time and I’m really proud of the chemistry that we have struck and just letting that breathe on air and having so much fun. It is truly the absolute joy of my life to get their opinions and to sit with them every single day and hear what they have to say.”
The 2022 NFL season will have a very different feel for ESPN. The addition of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for Monday Night Football adds new expectations to the network.
Rutledge said that the attention on the network means that she and her colleagues have to raise their respective games, but that shouldn’t be hard. There is always material to work with in this league.
“We’ve seen this offseason, we saw the previous offseason, how the NFL news cycle never stops. It’s funny because the news cycle becomes such a big piece of the story, but we’re like, we can’t wait for the games,” she said.
Arizona Cardinals To Be Featured On Hard Knocks In Season
“This will be the first time the franchise has ever been featured on an edition of Hard Knocks.”
HBO and NFL Films are headed to the desert. The league announced on Monday that after an off-season full of headlines and roster speculation, the Arizona Cardinals have been picked as the focus of the second edition of Hard Knocks In Season.
It has been an interesting few months in Arizona to say the least. The acquisition of Hollywood Brown on Draft Night came after months of speculation about how happy quarterback Kyler Murray is to be on the roster. Add to it a disappointing ending to a 2021 season that started with so much promise, and there are plenty of storylines to zero in on before a game is even played.
This will be the first time the franchise has ever been featured on an edition of Hard Knocks.
Filming is set to begin midseason with the show debuting on HBO and HBO Max in the back half of the 17 game schedule.
Hard Knocks In Season debuted last year. The Indianapolis Colts were the focus of the first edition of the show. The Hard Knocks franchise debuted in 2001. Seventeen editions of the preseason version of the show have already aired. The Detroit Lions will be the focus of an 18th which is set to debut in August.
Adam Amin Explains Why Cannot Use Twitter Like He Used To
“I got tired of leaning on other people for my own self-value and that was a hard thing to come to terms with.”
For many in the sports media industry, Twitter is necessary to stay updated on the latest news. Some choose to use it to interact with their audience. However, reading feedback from others you don’t know can sometimes be a drain on your mental health.
Adam Amin, who became the voice of the Chicago Bulls on NBC Sports Chicago in 2020-21 to go with announcing NFL and MLB games on FOX in recent years, he chose to stop interacting on Twitter nine months ago.
He shared that information with Mike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman on an episode of the GoJo with Mike Golic Jr. podcast. Amin talked about how he would go on Twitter and search for his name to see what people would say and that had a big effect on how he viewed himself.
“I got tired of leaning on other people for my own self-value and that was a hard thing to come to terms with. Once I figured that out and said let me disconnect from this completely and see if it affects me at all, I think it has. I still get frustrated, I still see tweets and I miss the interactions.”
“I’ve avoided seeing replies that are nice because I don’t want to lean on it too much to make myself feel better. I need to get that from actual people. I need to get that from a different source. It doesn’t mean I’m right and you’re wrong, it doesn’t mean Twitter is a bad place, it doesn’t mean I won’t come back, maybe I will. I couldn’t deal with it at that point in my life when I was dealing with a new job on FOX, 2 big sports, calling MLB playoff games, calling NBA for the third-largest market in the country.”
With that being said, Amin understands that people are entitled to their opinions on things. However, he doesn’t feel that people are meant to absorb the amount of criticism that social media can bring your way when you’re in the public eye.
Amin said he still checks Twitter, but he only goes there to look at information and does not reply back to anyone.
“I can’t stop using it. It’s the greatest information curation tool in the history of the planet,” he said. “I can’t stop using this app because it makes my job a hundred times easier. Maybe if I stop interacting with it completely, maybe I’ll see it for what it is. It’s user-sensitive. You get out of it what you put into it.”