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UFC Fight Night 95 start time, TV schedule, who is fighting tonight at 'Cyborg vs. Lansberg' in Brazil

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will return to free television tonight (Sat., Sept. 24, 2016) as the promotion presents UFC Fight Night 95 from Brasilia, Brazil, inside Nilson Nelson Gymnasium, airing live on FOX Sports 1. The event will be headlined by a women's Catchweight bout, as Cris Cyborg returns to the cage for the second time to face newcomer Lina Lansberg at 140 pounds. It was a rather sticky situation there for a moment, as Cyborg had a lot of weight to lose in four days to hit the 141-pound mark, which she did without incident. In addition to the main event, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva will tango in a battle of big men that will very likely see someone put to sleep.

Who: Cris Cyborg vs. Lina Lansberg
What: UFC Fight Night 95
When: Sat., Sept. 24, 2016, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass
Where: Brasilia, Brazil, inside Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
How To Watch: FOX Sports 1 main card at 10 p.m ET on FOX Sports 1; FOX Sports "Prelims" undercard at 8 p.m. ET; and UFC Fight Pass early "Prelims" at 6:30 p.m. ET. Live UFC Fight Night 95 Play-by-play coverage here!

What's Hot:

How fast will Cyborg win? That's likely what everyone's wondering heading into the headlining fight. No disrespect to Lansberg, but Cris has only gone past the first round once in the last five years. That's what makes Cris so intriguing to watch -- fight fans expect her to win, violently, but you tune in to see if there is someone who can actually give her trouble inside the cage and actually pull off the major upset. Or, you simply tune in to see another highlight reel finish.

What's Not:

What happened to Erick Silva? Once dubbed one of the most promising prospects mixed martial arts (MMA), the young Brazilian has now been relegated to the bottom of the "Prelims" portion of events after suffering back-to-back losses. He'll face relative UFC newcomer Luan Chagas, which is undoubtedly a far cry from Silva's past big-name foes like Josh Koscheck, Matt Brown and Neil Magny.

Original Card vs. Actual Card:

Brandon Thatch was set to take on Luan Chagas, while Shinsho Anzai was booked to face Erick Silva, but both were forced out with injuries, which is how Silva vs. Chagas came to fruition. Renato Moicano was replaced by Godofredo Pepey against Mike De La Torre, while Glaico Franca stepped in to face Gregor Gillespie after Joaquim Silva bowed out.

New Blood:

After earning an undefeated record with Ring of Combat, Gregor Gillespie looks to make a splash in his Octagon debut. And, of course, Lina Lansberg will have a full plate on her hands, as she will not only headline an event in her UFC debut, but will face perhaps the most feared woman in all of MMA.


Brandon Thatch, Shinsho Anzai, Renato Moiciano and Joaquim Silva were all forced out of the event with untimely injuries.

How The "Prelims" Look:

Eight undercard fights, with a few intriguing bouts, including Gillespie's debut. I also like the Lightweight scrap between Stevie Ray and Alan Patrick and it will be interesting to see how Dustin Ortiz and Jussier Formiga bounce back against each other after losing to fighters who went to get booked for title fights after defeating them.

Who Needs A Win Badly:

This portion is typically reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs today, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. Let's take a look at those who need to pull it together:

Antonio Silva has lost two in a row, including four of five overall. What's worse, all of his defeats have come via first-round knockout. Despite his skid, "Bigfoot" never thought about retiring. However, another loss -- especially via strikes -- will make him rethink his future combat plans.

I had to put two on this week's section, as Renan Barao needs a "W" in the worst way. Once considered the best pound-for-pound fighter at one time in his career, Barao has dropped two straight ... in two different weight classes. After deciding to stay put at Featherweight for his bout against Phillipe Nover, Renan can find himself in huge trouble should he drop his third in a row. Granted, Nover didn't exactly go on to be "the next Anderson Silva," but he's no pushover, either.

Interest Level: 7/10

If you like finishes -- and who doesn't -- this will be the card for you. I anticipate at least four rather quick finishes on the main card. Bold prediction, I know, but these fights are tailor-made to end violently and quickly. Don't blink.

UFC Fight Night 95 Full Fight Card

Event: UFC Fight Night 95: "Cyborg vs. Lansberg"
Date: Sat., Sept. 24, 2016
Location: Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

FOX Sports 1 Main Event:

140 lbs.: Cris Cyborg vs. Lina Lansberg

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

145 lbs.: Renan Barao vs. Phillipe Nover
265 lbs.: Antonio Silva vs. Roy Nelson
155 lbs.: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Paul Felder
185 lbs.: Thiago Santos vs. Eric Spicely
145 lbs.: Mike De La Torre vs. Godofredo Pepey

FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" (8 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Gilbert Burns vs. Michel Prazeres
145 lbs.: Rani Yahya vs. Michinori Tanaka
125 lbs.: Jussier Formiga vs. Dustin Ortiz
170 lbs.: Erick Silva vs. Luan Chagas

UFC Fight Pass "Prelims" (6:30 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Alan Patrick vs. Stevie Ray
170 lbs.: Vicente Luque vs. Hector Urbina
155 lbs.: Glaico Franca vs. Gregor Gillespie

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