FOX+ is the New Home of the UFC in the Philippines
I don’t know about you, but a little piece of me died when Hyper HD was replaced by One Sports last January 9, 2019. It was a mad scramble for us to find out where we could watch live UFC events, more so as the fated clash between TJ “Snake” Dillashaw – attempting to become a two-division champ – and Henry Cejudo draws near.
Yesterday, UFC and FOX Networks Group Asia announced a multi-year media-rights deal in the Philippines that will see the streaming of UFC’s 42 live events in 2019, including its prestigious Pay-Per-View (PPV) events and original programming, on video-streaming service FOX+. As expected, the first event is the highly anticipated flyweight championship superfight between UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. It will be streamed live on Sunday, January 20, starting at 11am on FOX+ with a catch up option post the live event.
FOX+ is FOX Networks Group Asia’s video-streaming service available on Android and iOS devices as well as on Apple TV and select Android TVs. The good news is, a free 30-day trial is available for new subscribers.
Martial Artists Return to the Top of the UFC
It was a euphoric experience for fight fans as UFC 217: Bisping vs St-Pierre lived up to the hype. In just one night, we witnessed the return of a legend, chapter one of a bitter rivalry, and the ascendance of a young heroine.
Three title changes. Three wild finishes. Quantifying the experience that is UFC 217 is a tall task – even Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier found it difficult to express themselves during recap segment – but I’ll do my best to wrap my mind around the aftermath of this marquee event.
Here are three takeaways from UFC 217:
#3 “Thug Rose” is LEGIT!
In a turn of events that no one saw coming – let’s be honest here – ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas played Joanna Jędrzejczyk’s game and came up on top. Joanna was known as the superior striker, but Namajunas threw hands with her and caught the champion with a left to the jaw, followed by a right to the downed fighter which finished her off ultimately.
Before the fight, Namajunas’ fiancé and UFC veteran Pat Barry stated that Joanna has a Mike Tyson-esque aura; and most of her opponents already lost even before the fight because they are afraid of her.
But Namajunas is different; she doesn’t fear Joanna. During the weigh-ins, the champ was all over her, talking a lot of trash, warning her, “The boogeywoman is coming for you!” And instead of being intimidated, Namajunas – in a monotonous voice and with a straight face – was reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Yikes!
At the 3:03 mark of the very first round, we hailed a new queen of the strawweight division. What followed was even more amazing and this possibly is the reason why I’m in love with Namajunas.
Aside from John Travolta, this writer believes Cruz and Dillashaw are the best movement specialists in the business
I always say footwork kills.
It’s precisely the reason why I am such a huge fan of the likes of Frankie Edgar, Dominick Cruz, Sugar Ray Leonard, and John Travolta.
Then came Dillashaw. The former Alpha Male standout is a perfect example of a fighter who has shown tremendous evolution. After losing to John Dodson, he was able to rack up eight wins and take the UFC bantamweight belt, the very same title Dominick relinquished due to injury.
On January 18, “The Domin8r” will have the chance to take what he feels is rightfully his as he locks horns with the current champion for UFC Fight Night 81. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for this fight.
Why I Think Dominick Will Win
I have always admired Dominick’s fight IQ. It serves him well both as a mixed martial artist and as a fight analyst. That said, he knows what is in front of him, and will surely come prepared.
Before TJ became a household name, Dominick was already busy darting in and out of his opponents’ defenses to deliver intelligently placed jabs. He moves so well standing up and mixes his strikes so effectively that people forget how excellent of a wrestler he is. Look at his fights with Faber.
If you ask me to name just one person who is good at making adjustments during the fight, it’s Dominick Cruz. During a dance showdown, it’s John Travolta. It’s always fun watching him circle, change levels, find angles, move his head, and sidestep. I’m talking about Cruz, of course.