UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera – ESPN’s 100th Fight Night!!

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UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera – ESPN’s 100th Fight Night!!

Saturday, April 30, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+   

Main Card at 7 p.m. ET, Prelims on ESPN2, ESPN+ at 4 p.m.   

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UFC Fight Night presented by Modelo: Font vs. Vera will be live from UFC APEX in Las Vegas this Saturday, April 30, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ (English and Spanish), the 100th UFC Fight Night in ESPN history.  The main card will air at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, preceded by the Prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+ at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. Live coverage includes UFC Live Presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Font vs. Vera on ESPN2 on Friday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. ET and will provide fans with exclusive insights and views heading into Fight Night.    

The main event is a Bantamweight battle between No. 5 Rob Font (19-5, 8 KOs) and No. 8 Marlon Vera (18-7, 7 KOs) in which the winner will position himself in contention for a shot at the belt.  Font was seemingly on his way to a chance at the title after a series of wins before his last fight, falling short via unanimous decision to Jose Aldo in December.  Vera has won eight of his last 10.  With an aggressive style, he has earned 10 of his 12 UFC victories inside the distance.  

The co-main is a meeting of American heavyweights, Andrei Arlovski (33-20, 17 KOs) and Jake Collier (13-6, 5 KOs).  The 43-year-old Arlovski, a native of Belarus who has been competing since 1999, has won five of his last six. A one-time champion of the division, he can tie the record of 23 career UFC victories held by Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller.  Collier, who began his career as a middleweight, quit his full-time job as a welder in 2020 to devote himself to training.  “I watched him when I was a kid,” Collier says of his opponent who is a decade older.  “No insult to him, the dude’s a legend and I think it’s an honor to fight him”  

Jon Anik will call the action, alongside two-time UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping.  Megan Olivi will handle reporting duties.  All coverage in Spanish will be handled by Victor Davila and Brandon Moreno.  

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Programming (All times ET) 

Fri., 4/29  5:30 p.m.  UFC Live Presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: 

Font vs. Vera 

ESPN2 
6:05 p.m.  UFC Fight Night Pre-Show Presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Font vs. Vera  ESPN+ 
Sat., 4/30  4 p.m.  UFC Fight Night Presented by Modelo: 

Font vs. Vera (Prelims) 

ESPN2 

ESPN+ 

7 p.m.  UFC Fight Night Presented by Modelo: 

Font vs. Vera (Main Card) 

ESPN 

ESPN Deportes 

ESPN+ 

10 p.m. – *  UFC Fight Night Post Show: Font vs. Vera  ESPN+ 

* – Immediately following main card  

Main Card and Prelims (All times ET) 

7 PM  Main  Rob Font vs. Marlon Vera 
Co-Main  Andrei Arlovski vs. Jake Collier 
Undercard  Andre Fili vs. Joanderson Brito 
Undercard  Jared Gordon vs. Grant Dawson 
Undercard  Darren Elkins vs. Tristan Connelly 
Undercard  Krzysztof Jotko vs. Gerald Meerschaert 
4 PM  Feature  Alexandr Romanov vs. Chase Sherman 
Undercard  Daniel Da Silva vs. Francisco Figueiredo 
Undercard  Gabe Green vs. Yohan Lainesse 
Undercard  Natan Levy vs. Mike Breeden 
Undercard  Gina Mazany vs. Shanna Young 
Undercard  Tatsuro Taira vs. Carlos Candelario 

About ESPN 

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About ESPN+
ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service that offers fans in the U.S. thousands of live sports events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks and exclusive editorial content from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown to more than 21.3 million subscribers.
  
Fans sign up to ESPN+ for just $6.99 a month (or $69.99 per year) at ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices). It is also available as part of The Disney Bundle that gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $13.99/month (Hulu w/ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu w/o ads).   

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Contacts ESPN / ESPN+
Santa Brito / [email protected] / 646-547-5602
Ardi Dwornik / [email protected] / 646-547-5612 

Paul Melvin / [email protected] / 860-766-5069
Dave Nagle / [email protected] / 860-766-2241  

Kevin Ota / [email protected] / 860-766-9581 

 

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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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