Lion Fight 31 now airs live Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. ET (earlier start time)
Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, today announced extensive live coverage for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ARLOVSKI vs. BARNETT from Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, including the live main card, extensive pre-show and a three-hour original production entitled Arlovski vs. Barnett – 15 Years in the Making, which chronicles the similar career journeys of former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett leading up to their explosive heavyweight main event on Saturday afternoon.
Fight Network will air the live UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ARLOVSKI vs. BARNETT main card across Canada on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. ET. The main card will repeat in its entirety in primetime at 9 p.m. ET and again on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 11 p.m. ET.
In the main event, well-traveled top 10 heavyweights will finally cross paths as No. 6-ranked Belarusian sambo specialist Andrei Arlovski (25-12, 1NC) throws down with No. 9-ranked submission wrestling ace Josh Barnett (34-8). In the co-main event, No. 2-ranked Swedish sensation Alexander Gustafsson (16-4) looks to reassert his foothold in the light heavyweight division against Poland’s Jan Blachowicz (19-5). In another pivotal 205-pound showcase, Sweden’s Ilir Latifi (13-4, 1NC) faces a big step up in competition against perennial contender Ryan Bader (21-5). Meanwhile, Germany’s own Nick Hein (13-2) will kick off the main card in a lightweight contest against South Korea’s Tae Hyun Bang (18-9).
Check listings for additional fight week coverage, including Arlovski vs. Barnett – 15 Years in the Making. The three-hour special airs on:
- Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. ET
- Thursday, Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. ET
- Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. ET
- Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. ET
On Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ET, Fight Network premieres a 60-minute UFC Fight Night®: ARLOVSKI vs. BARNETT Pre-Show, featuring previews, predictions and analysis leading into the UFC’s first event in Hamburg.
Also this week, Fight Network presents the third episode of The Evolution of Punk, a four-part series documenting former pro wrestler CM Punk’s quest to become an MMA fighter. His wife reluctantly attends a sparring session to see his progress. The couple decides to move closer to Milwaukee to be closer to the gym, but just as everything is starting to come together for the fighter, he experiences a devastating setback. The 30-minute special airs on:
- Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET
- Thursday, Sept. 1 at 2:30 a.m. ET
- Friday, Sept. 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET
- Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. ET
In addition to all the live events, Fight Network is the destination for UFC library content, specials and series, including The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Unleashed, UFC Now, UFC Ultimate Insider and classic UFC PPV, WEC and PRIDE events.
New programming this weekend includes:
- Best of PRIDE – Sat, Sept. 3 at Midnight ET / Sun, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. ET
- WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis – Sun, Sept. 4 at 1 a.m. ET / Sun, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. ET
- UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Barao – Sun, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. ET
Fight Network’s extensive slate of UFC programming this week is bolstered by a pair of live events on Friday, Sept. 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET as ONE Championship invades Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a live broadcast of ONE: Unbreakable Warriors. In featured bouts, featherweight hometown heroes Ev Ting (11-3) and Peter Davis (10-4) square off with Australian Robert Lisita (15-8) and Thailand’s Shannon Wiratchai (5-1, 1NC), respectively, plus Malaysia’s own Ann Osman (4-2) looks to extend her winning streak against Filipino prospect April Osenio (1-1), Brazilian Gilberto Galvao (29-5-1) battles Japan’s Tatsuya Mizuno (15-11-1) in a middleweight matchup and Yago Bryan (3-1) meets Gianni Subba (7-2) in a flyweight tilt.
Later that day, on Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. ET, North America’s largest Muay Thai organization finally debuts on Fight Network, as LION FIGHT 31 invades Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. with a pair of massive title fights topping the card. Reigning Lion Fight women’s welterweight champion Jorina Baars, who is best known for her stunning victory over the phenomenal Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino in March 2014, will put her title on the line against Angela “Riptide” Whitley. The vacant Lion Fight super lightweight crown is at stake when rising stars Gaston “The Dreamkiller” Bolanos takes on Tum “Hollywood” Sityodtong. Also at the top of the marquee is another burgeoning female fighter as European sensation Iman “Pretty Killer” Barlow makes her promotional debut.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ARLOVSKI vs. BARNETT and ONE: Unbreakable Warriors will be televised on Fight Network across Canada, while LION FIGHT 31 will be televised in Canada and over 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
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