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UFC Fight Night 70 start time, TV schedule, who is fighting tonight at 'Machida vs. Romero'

Check out our full "Fight Day" preview for UFC Fight Night 70: "Machida vs. Romero," which takes place tonight (Sat., June 27, 2015) live on FOX Sports 1 from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, featuring the middleweight main event pitting Lyoto Machida against Yoel Romero.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns stateside this afternoon (Sat., June 27, 2015) for a FOX Sports 1 mixed martial arts (MMA) event as UFC Fight Night 70: "Machida vs. Romero" goes down live from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from Hollywood, Florida.

Catch all the action LIVE with a main card start time of 8 p.m ET (for up-to-date UFC Fight Night 70 results click here).

Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of the Fight Night event in the Sunshine State.

Who: Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero
What: UFC Fight Night 70
When: Sat., June 27, 2015, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2
Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida
How To Watch: FOX Sports 1 main card at 10 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 2 "Prelims" under card at 8 p.m. ET.
Live UFC Fight Night 70 results: Play-by-play coverage stream right here

Why It Matters: The main event pitting Lyoto Machida vs Yoel Romero is essentially the only consequential bout of the evening, so not much else matters on this fight card. With Romero riding a five fight winning streak, a victory over "The Dragon" could potentially earn him a UFC title shot.

What's Hot: If you want to look at UFC Fight Night 70 with a silver lining, at least the FOX Sports 1 main card has only five fights instead of the usual six. That means east coast fight fans won't be waiting until 12:30/1 a.m. for the main event of the evening. Yipee?

What's Not: The UFC Fight Night 70 event was crippled by visa issues that caused a handful of Brazilian fighters to be pulled from Florida MMA event. Not only were The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) finalists for season four of TUF Brazil not able to compete, but Erick Silva was pulled from the co-main event, and another couple fights were postponed as well.

Original Card vs Actual Card:

As mentioned above, this card has drastically changed since the initial reveal by UFC brass.

The co-main event between Rick Story and Erick Silva was postponed, a featherweight contest between Rani Yahya and Masanori Kanehara was postponed, the two TUF final bouts were postponed, and a light heavyweight contest between Nikita Krylov and Marcos Rogério de Lima was postponed as well. 

The other change on this card was due to injury, as Andreas Stahl was injured last week, and his fight with Viscardi Andrade was scrapped altogether.

To make up for all the lost bouts, UFC officials scrambled to put together short notice fights, leaving the Florida fans in attendance with a handful of new bouts and UFC debutants.

New Blood:

Sirwan Kakai: A Swedish prospect will enter the Octagon on short notice this evening, and Sirwan Kakai could be a name you want to remember. "Zohan" is 11-2 in his MMA career, earning 10 stoppages, with six submissions and four (technical) knockouts.

Steve Montgomery vs Tony Sims: Both Montgomery and Sims will make their UFC debuts on short notice this evening, as this fight was made only a week ago. Montgomery is 8-2 in his MMA career, and is best known for his stint on TUF 21. Sims is 11-2, but has fought most of his career in the lightweight division.

Lewis Gonzalez: "Lethal" is 10-1 in his MMA career, earning five submission victories. Gonzalez is a World Series of Fighting veteran, having defeated the likes of Justin Buchholz, Antonio McKee, and Justin Baesman.

Joe Merritt: At 6-0, Joe Merritt will make his UFC debut tonight hoping to earn his seventh straight knockout victory. Having fought once in RFA, Merritt has never faced any quality competition, but it is clear the man is a finisher.

Steve Bosse: "The Boss" will finally make his Octagon debut more than a year after signing with UFC. At 10-1, the former hockey enforcer brings vicious knockout power into the cage, but can he prove to be a legit threat in the UFC?

How The "Prelims" Look: Considering there are only four fights scheduled for FOX Sports 2, the "Prelims" aren't all that bad.

Will you find any names you are familiar with? It is likely you won't, but that doesn't mean the quality of the fights won't impress.

If anything, make sure to catch the "Prelims" main event in order to witness the violent stylings of Alex Oliveira.

Interest Level: 3/10

With only nine fights, a weak main card, and an intriguing middleweight main event, UFC Fight Night 70 gets a 3/10 score in my book.

Fighters to watch include Steve Montgomery, Alex Oliveira, Lorenz Larkin, and of course the main event between Lyoto Machida and Yoel Romero.

Does "The Dragon" have what it takes to bounce back from his brutal loss to Luke Rockhold, or will "Soldier of God" pull out another victory inside the Octagon in his stiffest test yet?

We find out in just a few short hours.

Check out the full UFC Fight Night 70 card right here:

Main Event:

185 lbs.: Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero

FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Lorenz Larkin vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
185 lbs.: Eddie Gordon vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
185 lbs.: Steve Bosse vs. Thiago Santos
145 lbs.: Hacran Dias vs. Levan Makashvili

FOX Sports 2 "Prelims" (8 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Joe Merritt vs. Alex Oliveira
135 lbs.: Sirwan Kakai vs. Danny Martinez
170 lbs.: Lewis Gonzalez vs. Leandro Silva
170 lbs.: Steve Montgomery vs. Tony Sims

Remember that will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 70 fight card, starting with the FOX Sports 2 "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1 main card, which is slated to start at 10 p.m. ET.

See you there!

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