UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Daukaus Saturday, March 26, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+

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UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Daukaus Saturday, March 26, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+

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

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Saturday’s UFC Fight Night presented by Modelo: Blaydes vs. Daukaus will be live March 26 with the main card at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and the Prelims at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, all on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ (English and Spanish). It is the first UFC event in Ohio’s capital in 13 years, since UFC 96.  Live coverage includes UFC Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Blaydes vs. Daukaus on ESPN2 which airs Friday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. and will provide fans with exclusive insights and views heading into Fight Night.  

The main event features heavyweights, No. 4 Curtis Blaydes (15-3, 10 KOs) and No. 9 Chris Daukaus (12-4, 11 KOs).  Coincidentally, both fighters have won five of their last six outings, and each hope to insert themselves into the title picture.  After all, things are fluid at the top of the heavyweight division at the moment, with champion Francis Ngannou recent knee surgery, which gives added importance to this clash.  Blaydes is UFC’s all-time leader among heavyweights with 62 takedowns.  Meanwhile, Daukaus, a former Philadelphia police officer, has a knockdown rate of 5.26 per 15 minutes, the highest in UFC history (minimum five fights) and has an average fight time of 3:25, the second shortest ever among UFC heavyweights.  

A women’s flyweight duel serves as the co-main as No. 7 Joanne Wood (15-7, 5 KOs) takes on No. 9 Alexa Grasso (13-3, 4 KOs).  The two were originally scheduled to meet in November, but Grasso had to withdraw because of injury.  Both have moved up from Strawweight.  Wood – known as Joanne Calderwood before marriage last October – is a former Muay Thai champion and was a participant in The Ultimate Fighter 20.  Grasso has triumphed in three of her four most recent fights.  Three of her four knockouts ended in 36 seconds or less.  Her first three fights lasted a combined 63 seconds.  

Jon Anik will call the action, alongside former two-division UFC champ Daniel Cormier and UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping.  Megan Olivi will handle reporting duties.  All coverage in Spanish will be handled by Victor Davila and Santiago Ponzinibbio.     


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Programming (All times ET) 

Fri., 3/25  3:30 p.m.  UFC Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook:  

Blaydes vs. Daukaus 

4 p.m.  UFC Fight Night Pre-Show presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Blaydes vs. Daukaus  ESPN+ 
Sat., 3/26  4 p.m.  UFC Fight Night presented by Modelo: 

Blaydes vs. Daukaus 


ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+ 
7 p.m.  UFC Fight Night presented by Modelo: 

Blaydes vs. Daukaus 

ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+ 
10 p.m.*  UFC Fight Night Post Show: Blaydes vs. Daukaus  ESPN+ 

* immediately following main card   

Main Card and Prelims (All times ET) 

7 PM  Main  Curtis Blaydes vs. Chris Daukaus 
Co-Main  Joanne Wood vs. Alexa Grasso 
Undercard  Matt Brown vs. Bryan Barberena 
Undercard  Askar Askarov vs. Kai Kara-France 
Undercard  Ilir Latifi vs. Aleksei Oleinik 
Undercard  Marc Diakiese vs. Viacheslav Borshchev 
4 PM  Feature  Neil Magny vs. Max Griffin 
Undercard  Sara McMann vs. Karol Rosa 
Undercard  Chris Gutierrez vs. Batgerel Danaa 
Undercard  Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Denis Tiuliulin 
Undercard  Jennifer Maia vs. Manon Fiorot 
Undercard  Matheus Nicolau vs. David Dvorak 
Undercard  Luis Saldana vs. Bruno Souza 

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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 upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be 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, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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