Headlining the UFC’s debut at Times Union Center in Albany, New York, heavyweight behemoths will collide as No. 10-ranked knockout artist Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis (16-4, 1NC) battles No. 15-ranked Russian export Shamil Abdurakhimov (17-3). Heavyweights also take center stage in the co-main event when No. 12-ranked Cameroonian prospect Francis “The Predator” Ngannou(8-1) looks to continue his meteoric rise against Anthony “Freight Train” Hamilton (15-5). A pair of light heavyweight contests will round out the main card broadcast as No. 9-ranked contender Corey “Beastin 25/8” Anderson (9-2) meets Sean “The Real OC” O’Connell (17-8), while No. 14-ranked New Yorker Gian Villante (14-7) faces undefeated short notice replacement Saparbek Safarov (8-0).
The UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: LEWIS vs. ABDURAKHIMOV main card will air live across Canada on Fight Network at 9 p.m. ET. The event will replay on Dec. 10 at 1 a.m. ET, 10 a.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET.
Immediately following the UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: LEWIS vs. ABDURAKHIMOV main cardbroadcast, Fight Network presents HARD KNOCKS FIGHTING 52 live from Calgary, Canada, headlined by light heavyweights Rodney Wallace (26-12-1) and Matt Van Buren (7-5), plus Maged Hammo (8-4) meets Hamilton Ash (4-2) for the featherweight title, Arjan Bhullar (5-0) looks to stay perfect against Leroy Johnson (6-2) and local favorite Noah Ali (7-3) tangles with Joaquin Calderon (4-2).
Earlier in the day on Dec. 9 at 12 p.m. ET, Fight Network will televise M-1 CHALLENGE 73: BATTLE OF NARTS live from Nazran, Russia, featuring a championship doubleheader as Ramazan Emeev (14-3) clashes with Anatoly Tokov (24-2) for the middleweight title, while Ivan Buchinger (31-4) defends the featherweight crown against undefeated Magomed Idrisov (6-0). In other featured bouts, Lee Morrison (14-7) meets Movsar Evloev (5-0), Josh Rettinghouse (13-4) squares off with Sergey Morozov (6-1) and Diego D’Avila (15-5) enters hostile territory against Zalimbeg Omarov (7-1-1). The M-1 SELECTION undercard will kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Live UFC 206 fight week coverage begins on Friday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. ET with the official UFC 206 Weigh-ins, as headliners Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis face off one final time before their UFC interim featherweight championship showdown on Saturday night.
Leading into UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis on pay-per-view, Fight Network presents a live UFC 206 Pre-Show at 6 p.m. ET from its downtown Toronto studios, featuring on-site fight week interviews, original analysis, plus last-minute picks and predictions
Following Saturday’s pay-per-view event, Fight Network will televise the live UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis Post-Fight Press Conference in its entirety.
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