Sportsnet Hits Vegas to Cover the Bright Lights and Big Fights of UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman

TORONTO (July 4, 2013) This weekend, Sportsnet takes fans down the Vegas strip and into the octagon for extensive multiplatform coverage of UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman across TV, radio and digital. Coverage of the preliminary fights kicks off on Saturday, July 6 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, and continuing on Sportsnet 360,the new exclusive home of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® in Canada, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.


Saturday’s UFC 162 main event features a clash of young and old competing for the middleweight title. Anderson Silva, the 38-year-old champ, looks to add to his UFC-record 10 title defences when he takes on challenger Chris Weidman, widely considered to be the next great fighter. The preliminary fights on Sportsnet 360 will deliver plenty of intriguing matchups including fan favourite Chris “The Crippler” Leben vs. Andrew Craig and a heavyweight battle between Gabriel Gonzaga and Dave Herman.


UFC 162 on Sportsnet – Coverage Details:

  • Connected: Starting today and continuing through Sunday, “Showdown” Joe Ferraro reports on the latest news from Las Vegas
  • UFC Central Radio: Ferraro previews the entire UFC 162 fight card on Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Friday, July 5 at midnight ET
  • Official Weigh-ins: Live coverage on Friday, July 5 on Sportsnet 360 and at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
  • UFC 162 Prelims: Live coverage on Saturday, July 6 starts at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on and and continuing on Sportsnet 360 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
  • Post-fight Press Conference: will have live streaming of the post-fight press conference on July 6 following the main event
  • UFC Central:Ferraro hosts the 30-min show featuring an in-depth recap of the entire fight card, Tuesday, July  9 at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet 360 (multiple repeat airings, please check local listings)



Talent Quotes and Interviews:

  • Ferraro on the UFC 162 Main Card:

“I’ve never had so many champs, former champs and elite fighters unanimously pick a challenger to defeat Anderson Silva. Can Chris Weidman defeat the greatest of all time? Sure he can; but I’ll believe it when I see it.”


  • Ferraro on the UFC 162 Prelims:

“I have a strange feeling this could be the last time we see Chris Leben. His opponent Andrew Craig is on the rise and plans on using ‘The Crippler’ as a stepping stone.”


  • Showdown Joe Ferraro is available for interviews to discuss all things UFC 162


Full UFC 162 Fight Card:

Preliminary Card:
Saturday, July 6, 7p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT ( and

  • Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon
  • David Mitchell vs. Mike Pierce


Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT (Sportsnet 360)

  • Andrew Craig vs. Chris Leben
  • Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome
  • Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Dave Herman
  • Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira

Main Card

  • Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz
  • Dennis Siver vs. Cub Sawnson
  • Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman


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