– Exclusive Canadian coverage of preliminary fights, Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT–
– Showdown Joe Ferraro and Canadian UFC lightweight phenom T.J. Grant host UFC 161 Countdown Canada Preview Show –
– Coverage across Sportsnet’s TV, radio, print, and digital platforms –
TORONTO (June 12, 2013) Sportsnet,Canada’s official home of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, hits the Octagon in Winnipeg for the first time in UFC history to deliver multiplatform coverage of UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson presented by Pizza Pizza. Sportsnet covers every angle of UFC 161 across TV, radio, print and digital, including the one-hour UFC 161 Countdown Canada Preview Show on Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, followed by two hours of preliminary fights at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, and Pacific, and available onRogersAnyplaceTV.com.
Saturday’s fightcard showcases seven Canadian fighters, including Port Colborne, ON’s Alexis Davis taking on Rosi Sexton in the first women’s UFC fight in Canada. The main event features former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans facing former Strikeforce and Pride champion Dan Henderson in a light heavyweight contender bout. Both veteran fighters are top contenders in their class, with the winner of Saturday’s fight moving into title contention against current champ Jon “Bones” Jones. (Complete UFC 161 fightcard listed below).
UFC 161 on Sportsnet – Coverage Details:
Talent Quotes and Interviews:
“The MTS Centre is going to explode once the first televised preliminary fight airs, as hometown hero and UFC bantamweight Roland Delorme will surely get the crowd riled up. He kicks off the action on Sportsnet, followed by Stouffville, ON welterweight Sean Pierson and London, ON lightweight Sam Stout. And the cherry on top of the cake: a welterweight contender bout caps off the broadcast between Jake Shields and knockout artist Tyron Woodley.”
UFC 161 Fightcard:
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