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ESPN to stage the ultimate UFC weekend

Taken from the ESPN UK  Website

To celebrate literally the biggest sporting collision of the summer – the UFC 116 Heavyweight Title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin – ESPN is giving fans the Ultimate UFC weekend.

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From Thursday July 1 to Sunday July 4, both ESPN and ESPN HD will broadcast some of the greatest bouts in recent Octagon history, behind the scenes insights into UFC 116, the British television premiere of a bout which was immediately dubbed the greatest fight in mixed martial arts history, as well as the big one – UFC 116 – exclusively live from Las Vegas, USA.

The action begins at 10:00pm on Thursday 1st July on ESPN and ESPN HD, with ESPN’s groundbreaking magazine show, MMA Live.

In a series of shows broadcast throughout the Ultimate UFC Weekend, “Fights of the Night” will showcase the most exciting bouts from every UFC supershow from last year’s UFC 100 to UFC 115. Each Fight of the Night, chosen after each event by UFC president Dana White, will be screened in its entirety and the series will feature the likes of Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, Anderson Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.

The “Best of British” will showcase the greatest recent Octagon performances from the UK’s home talent, including Michael ‘the Count’ Bisping, Dan ‘the Outlaw’ Hardy, Ross ‘the Real Deal’ Pearson and John ‘the Hitman’ Hathaway.

And, in a special treat for British fight fans, ESPN will present a bout which has already been dubbed not only a shoo-in to be voted ‘Fight of 2010’ come December, but has already been labelled perhaps the greatest fight of all time: the three-round featherweight war between Leonard Garcia and ‘the Korean Zombie’ Jung Chan Sung. Having already earned their reputations as two of the greatest warriors in the sport, Garcia and the Korean Zombie met in Sacramento, California, on April 24 and for 15 minutes put on a display of non-stop aggression and courage which left MMA fans worldwide ablaze with excitement. UFC Presents: Garcia vs Korean Zombie will be broadcast on Thursday July 1 at 12:30am and Friday July 4 at 3am.

The highlight of the Ultimate UFC Weekend is undoubtedly UFC 116: LESNAR v CARWIN, where 18stone 10lbs UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar collides with undefeated knockout machine Shane Carwin.

UFC UK Division president Marshall Zelaznik said: “Lesnar v Carwin is a gigantic fight, both in terms of fan excitement and in the sheer size of the two champions. We’re proud to work with our partners at ESPN to treat our fans to a unique weekend of action. We’re also proud to present the first-ever UK screening of the instant classic Leonard Garcia v ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung. This is a simply breathtaking war and we’re very happy British fight fans are finally getting the chance to see it themselves.”

Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice-President TV Channels, ESPN EMEA said: “ESPN is delighted to be bringing the best in UFC action to UK sports fans this weekend. UFC 116 is all set to be one of the best fight cards on ESPN in recent times.”

UFC fans and newcomers looking to catch all the action from this hugely popular sport can subscribe to ESPN and ESPN HD by calling 0844 324 1534 or visiting http://www.espn.co.uk/tv.

Full ‘Ultimate UFC’ Weekend Timetable:

THURSDAY JULY 1
10:00pm – MMA Live
11:30pm – UFC Countdown Show 116
12:30am – UFC Presents: Garcia vs Korean Zombie
2:45am – UFC – Fight Of The Night (1) – UFC 100: Yoshihiro Akiyama v Alan Belcher, UFC 101: Anderson Silva v Forrest Griffin, UFC 102: Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira v Randy Couture
3:45am – UFC All Access – Brock Lesnar
4:15am – UFC Countdown Show 116
5:15am – MMA Live

FRIDAY JULY 2
10:00pm – UFC – The Ultimate Fighter – Season 10, Episode 9
11:30pm – UFC – Best Of British (1) – UFC 105: Dan Hardy v Mike Swick, UFC 105: Micheal Bisping v Denis Kang
12:30am – UFC – Best Of British (2) – UFC 114: John Hathaway v Diego Sanchez, UFC 114: Ross Pearson v Dennis Siver
1:30am – UFC – Fight Of The Night (2) – UFC 103: Rick Story v Brian Foster, UFC 104: Pat Barry v Antoni Hardonk, UFC 105: Michael Bisping v Dennis Kang
2:30am – UFC – Fight Of The Night (3) – UFC 106: Josh Koscheck v Anthony Johnson, UFC 107: Alan Belcher v Wilson Gouveia, UFC 108: Sam Stout v Joe Lauzon
3:30am – UFC All Access – Wanderlei Silva

SATURDAY JULY 3
10:00pm – UFC All Access – Quinton Jackson
10:30pm – UFC All Access – Wanderlei Silva
11:45pm – UFC All Access – Brock Lesnar
12:15am – MMA Live
1:00am – UFC Countdown TO UFC 116
2:00am – UFC 116: Prelims
3:00am – UFC 116: Lesnar v Carwin

SUNDAY JULY 4
10:00pm – UFC 116: Lesnar v Carwin (Repeat) 1:00am – UFC – Fight Of The Night (4) – UFC 109: Chael Sonnen v Nate Marquardt, UFC 110: George Sotiropoulos v Joe Stevenson, UFC 111: Jared Hamman v Rodney Wallace
2:00am – UFC – Fight Of The Night (5) – UFC 112: Mark Muñoz v Kendall Grove, UFC 113: Jeremy Stephens v Sam Stout, UFC 114: Antônio Rogério Nogueira v Jason Brilz
3:00am – UFC Presents: Garcia vs Korean Zombie

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