The UFC and Fuel TV weren't kidding around when they said the fledgling network would be the home for the organization. Sergio Non of USA Today reported Monday that UFC Tonight -- a weekly 30-minute news show -- will begin on Tuesday, January 3rd.
WEC play-by-play announcer Todd Harris and current UFC lightweight/fill-in color commentator Kenny Florian will be the anchors for the show with Jay Glazer providing features and MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani taking the role of industry insider. The show will air at 10 PM EST for six months and could increase in frequency depending on how things go.
Florian has been a fixture on ESPN's MMA Live for years, but with he and Jon Anik leaving within a span of two months, one has to question the future of the show on ESPN. Due to constant preempting, it's already difficult enough to find and there hasn't been a new episode since November 26th.
Fuel is also carrying six live events per year, the former Facebook prelims, pre and post-event coverage and more, contributing to 2000 hours per year in UFC programming. They recently announced the first live event for February 13 featuring Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez in the main event. The network is seen in 36 million homes.