UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus December 18 Exclusively on ESPN+

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UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus December 18 Exclusively on ESPN+

Main Card at 7 p.m. ET, Prelims at 4 p.m. ET

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UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus airs live from UFC APEX in Las Vegas this Saturday, Dec. 18, with both the prelims and the main card exclusively on ESPN+ (English and Spanish), at 4 p.m. ET and at 7 p.m. ET, respectively.  Live coverage includes UFC Fight Night Pre-Show presented by Jose Cuervo Tequila: Lewis vs. Daukaus on Friday at 4:05 p.m. ET on ESPN+ providing fans with exclusive insights and views on the biggest stories heading into Fight Night.   

The main event is a heavyweight battle between veteran Americans Derrick Lewis (25-8) and Chris Daukaus (12-3), each of whom has great knockout power.  Lewis has won four of his last five fights.  Daukaus will enter the ring with five straight wins, all by knockout, having not lost since March 2019.  Lewis, who holds the UFC heavyweight record of 12 knockouts, has a great size advantage and more experience, but Daukaus has quickly made a name for himself as a superior technical striker with good movement and quick hands.  

The co-main bout pits longtime welterweight contender Stephen Thompson (16-5) against Belal Muhammad (19-3).  Thompson, ranked #5, twice tried for the division belt but lost both to Tyron Woodley, in 2016 and ‘17.  Muhammad, ranked #10, has been victorious in his last five bouts (there was also a no contest) since his last loss in January 2019.  

Brendan Fitzgerald will call the action, alongside two former fighters as analysts, Paul Felder and UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping.  Megan Olivi will serve as the reporter.  


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Programming (All times ET) 

Fri., 12/17  3:30 p.m.  UFC Live presented by DraftKings: 

Lewis vs. Daukaus 

4:05 p.m.  UFC Fight Night Pre-show presented by Jose Cuervo Tequila: 

Lewis vs. Daukaus 


Sat., 12/18 

4 p.m.  UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus 


7 p.m.  UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus  

(Main Card)  

10 p.m.*  UFC Fight Night Post Show presented by Jose Cuervo Tequila:  

Lewis vs. Daukaus 


* immediately following main card 

Main Card and Prelims (All times ET) 

7 PM  Main  Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus 
Co-Main  Stephen Thompson vs. Belal Muhammad 
Undercard  Amanda Lemos vs. Angela Hill 
Undercard  Raphael Assuncao vs. Ricky Simon 
Undercard  Diego Ferreira vs. Mateusz Gamrot 
Undercard  Cub Swanson vs. Darren Elkins 
4 PM  Feature  Dustin Stoltzfus vs. Gerald Meerschaert 
Undercard  Raoni Barcelos vs. Victor Henry 
Undercard  Justin Tafa vs. Harry Hunsucker 
Undercard  Sijara Eubanks vs. Melissa Gatto 
Undercard  Charles Jourdain vs. Andre Ewell 
Undercard  Raquel Pennington vs. Macy Chiasson 
Undercard  Don’Tale Mayes vs. Josh Parisian 
Undercard  Jordan Leavitt vs. Matt Sayles 

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Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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