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UFC® AND KITMAN LABS® LAUNCH INNOVATIVE SPORTS SCIENCE
PROGRAM AT UFC PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE
Las Vegas – UFC® and Kitman Labs® today announced a multi-year partnership to deliver an innovative sports science and medicine program to all athletes competing under the UFC banner as they visit the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Kitman Labs and provide this one-of-a-kind program to UFC athletes,” UFC Vice President of Operations James Kimball said. “Kitman Labs are industry leaders in performance analysis and injury analysis, both of which are essential in allowing UFC athletes to compete at the highest level. We look forward to offering this service to our entire active roster to help optimize their performance.”
When UFC athletes visit the UFC Performance Institute, staff members will use Kitman Labs solutions to gather and consolidate information that will be used to monitor performance and analyze injury trends. Kitman Labs analytics will allow members of the Performance Institute staff to accurately quantify key performance and injury risk factors, along with providing personalized training programs for athletes to use remotely. The remote coaching program allows athletes to share information pertaining to their individual progress or potential signs of injury, in efforts to track training and health improvements with Performance Institute staff in real-time.
“We are honored to work with UFC to bring advanced science and analytics to this world-class sport and these incredible athletes,” Kitman Labs Founder and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Smith said. “The UFC is showing a unique and progressive attitude by proactively investing in protecting the welfare and longevity of their talent. The one-stop-shop and remote coaching approach will propel them to the forefront of sport science and medicine and we are delighted to help them become global leaders in this space.”
As the world’s first mixed martial arts multi-disciplinary research, innovation and performance center, the Performance Institute is a state-of-the-art 30,000 square-foot facility provides benefits and services to all athletes competing under the UFC banner. The Performance Institute is equipped with a full-time staff of experts in the fields of strength and conditioning, nutrition and physical therapy, with a designed focus to provide athletes with world class performance optimization, at no cost to the athletes. For more information, please visit UFCPI.com.
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ABEL SANCHEZ, Trainer to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin:
IN THE MAIN EVENT AT UFC® 216
(#2) FABRICIO WERDUM vs. (#6) DERRICK LEWIS
PAIGE VANZANT vs. JESSICA EYE
TICKETS FOR UFC® 216: FERGUSON vs. LEE
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Las Vegas – The owner of the longest winning streak in the UFC® lightweight division finally gets his shot at gold when No. 2 Tony Ferguson collides with one of the sport’s most exciting young stars for the division’s interim title. No. 7 Kevin Lee has the same aspirations as his opponent, while ultimately staring down the road at a potential unification bout against current champion Conor McGregor. In the co-main event, No. 2 heavyweight Fabricio Werdum looks to get back in the title hunt when he clashes with knockout artist and No. 6-ranked Derrick Lewis. UFC® 216: FERGUSON vs. LEE takes place on Saturday, Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event will air live on Pay-Per-View.
Currently on a nine-fight win streak, Ferguson (23-3, fighting out of Orange County, Calif.) believes a title shot has been a long time coming. During his streak, “El Cucuy” has racked up post-fight bonuses in each of his last five bouts, including Fight of the Night honors in his most recent win against former lightweight champion, Rafael Dos Anjos. Ferguson is primed to capitalize on the opportunity and be a part of history, but standing in his way is the always dangerous Lee (16-2, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.). Though nine years younger than his foe, Lee has shown tremendous growth every time he enters the Octagon®, including a first-round submission win in his most recent bout against the then No. 7-ranked Michael Chiesa.
At 40 years old, Werdum (21-7-1, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) is one of the best mixed martial artists ever. The former UFC champion has defeated some of the best heavyweights in history, with wins over Cain Velazquez, Alistair Overeem and Fedor Emelianenko, and he is preparing for yet another title run. Clashing with the always dangerous Lewis (18-5, fighting out of Houston, Texas) will be no easy task. With 16 of his 18 victories coming by way of knockout, and after scoring wins over top contenders Travis Browne and Roy Nelson, Lewis is looking to establish himself as a title contender.
Two of the UFC’s most popular female fighters look to revitalize their careers by moving to the women’s flyweight division. No. 10 strawweight Paige VanZant (7-3, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) is renowned for her all-around athleticism and is an electrifying performer with two knockouts and two submissions on her resume. Her 125-pound debut will be anything but easy, as she faces veteran Jessica Eye (11-6, 1NC, fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio). Hoping the brand new division will revitalize her career, Eye has always been most comfortable fighting at 125 lbs. and is excited to compete again at her natural weight.
For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to chang
UFC® AND 7–ELEVEN, INC. SIGN SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT
Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new agreement with 7-Eleven®, the world’s largest convenience store chain, in which the industry-leader will serve as the global brand’s first-ever “Official Convenience Store” throughout the United States and Canada. As part of this collaboration, the two brands will launch a peel-to-win “BIG GULP®” sweepstakes on Friday, September 1, 2017, with more than 1.8 million individual prizes available at participating 7-Eleven locations.
“7-Eleven is one of the world’s most innovative and consumer-friendly brands and we’re thrilled to launch this new sponsorship,” UFC Vice President of Global Partnership Activation Brette Sadler said. “We look forward to continuing our ongoing engagements with consumers in the U.S. and Canada with new and exciting fan activations, such as our BIG GULP sweepstakes.”
“UFC has a huge fan base of both male and female young adults who like to shop at convenience stores, making this promotion a great match-up,” said 7-Eleven Marketing Director Maria Trujillo. “With one in four of those UFC convenience store shoppers choosing 7-Eleven, that leaves a lot of potential to reach an untapped audience that is important to us. I believe this collaboration that includes exclusive UFC merchandise and a prize on every Big Gulp cup provides a great incentive to entice even more fans to shop at 7-Eleven.”
The sweepstakes, which runs through Sunday, December 31, 2017, allows fight fans in the U.S. and Canada to purchase and/or collect UFC branded BIG GULP’s (30 oz.) with designs featuring UFC gloves, a UFC Octagon and select UFC athletes. Athletes included on these collectibles include: UFC welterweight champion TYRON WOODLEY, UFC men’s bantamweight champion CODY GARBRANDT, UFC women’s bantamweight champion AMANDA NUNES, former UFC light heavyweight champion DANIEL CORMIER and UFC featherweight YAIR RODRIGUEZ.
Fans can also purchase a UFC / 7-Eleven Travel Mug (20 oz.), that features the UFC’s logo. Customers who purchase a BIG GULP drink will obtain a peel-to-win game piece which contains one of the following options: (a) an instant win game piece redeemable for a prize; (b) an instant win food or beverage prize redeemable at 7-Eleven; (c) non-winning ticket redeemable for a 10% discount on a purchase at UFCStore.com or a free 7-day UFC FIGHT PASS® subscription.
Instant win prizes include a grand prize of 2017 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, and five Replica UFC Championship belts, 100 Xbox One EA UFC 2 games and many more. For more information and official sweepstakes rules, please visit UFC.com/7-ElevenRules.
In addition to the sweepstakes and product placement inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon®, 7-Eleven will also have a presence on UFC.com and live-event programming, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms. For more information, please visit UFC.com.
WATCH THE CANELO-GOLOVKIN WORKOUT LIVE STREAM AT
HBO Sports will air the special “Under The Lights: Canelo/Golovkin” Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10:00 p.m. (E/PT) on HBO. It’s the final time the two will see each other until fight week unfolds in Las Vegas.
Vergil Ortiz (6-0, 6 nocáuts) de Dallas, Texas chocará ante César Valenzuela (7-1, 2 nocáuts) de Phoenix, Arizona en una batalla a seis giros en peso superligero. Marlen Esparza, medallista olímpica de bronce en la Olimpiada de Londres 2012, regresará en una batalla a cuatro episodios en peso mosca contra Tania Cosme (5-6-1, 1 nocaut) de Denver, Colorado. Serhii Bohachuk (4-0, 4 nocáuts) de Los Ángeles, California combatirá en una pelea a cuatro asaltos en peso welter ante un oponente que se definirá en breve.
MAYWEATHER vs. McGREGOR TO PREMIERE ON SHOWTIME® THIS SATURDAY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. McGREGOR EPILOGUE
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Networks’ Emmy Award-Winning ALL ACCESS Epilogue Takes Viewers Behind The Scenes Of The Blockbuster Event & Floyd Mayweather’s Final Fight
The unprecedented Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor blockbuster, the final fight of Mayweather’s illustrious career, will premiere on SHOWTIME this Saturday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The showdown between the future Hall of Famer and the UFC superstar originally aired live on SHOWTIME PPV® on Saturday, August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Saturday’s SHOWTIME premiere of the main event will include the singing of the national anthems of the United States and Ireland by Grammy® nominated and multi-platinum artist Demi Lovato and Irish recording sensation Imelda May.
The SHOWTIME presentation of the exciting fight will be immediately followed by the premiere of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. McGregor Epilogue. The network’s’ distinctive Epilogue reveals the drama of fight night from a unique perspective and introduces viewers to the rarely seen aftermath of world championship prizefighting. ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. McGregor Epilogue goes behind the scenes into the locker rooms, corners and inner circles as McGregor aimed to shock the world in his boxing debut and Mayweather exited the ring for the final time.
“Queremos el ganador de Canelo-GGG”, anunció Freddie Roach.
“Me siento bien – salí del cuadrilátero sin recibir mucho daño”, indicó. “Trate de cerrar la distancia entre mi oponente y yo, y me enfoqué en conectar mi jab durante el combate. El siguiente paso será combatir a seis asaltos y siento que estoy listo”, afirmó.