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UFC 279 ‘Embedded’ video (Ep. 1): ‘Two monsters, covered in blood’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is rolling out another batch of “Embedded” video blogs to help mixed martial arts (MMA) fans get hyped for the upcoming UFC 279 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for this Sat. night (Sept. 10, 2022) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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TWO TITLES UP FOR GRABS! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its highly anticipated return to Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sat., Nov. 11, 2023, with a re-worked pay-per-view (PPV) main card. In the ESPN+-streamed main event, former 205-pound roost-ruler, Jiri Prochazka, will lock horns with ex-Middleweight kingpin, Alex Pereira, for the promotion’s vacant Light Heavyweight title. In UFC 295’s co-main event, top-ranked Heavyweight contenders, Sergei Pavlovich (No. 2) and Tom Aspinall (No. 4), will collide for the interim strap after division champion, Jon Jones, was injured with a torn pectoral muscle and forced to withdraw (video).

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Episode 1 takes a closer look at the main card clash between Tony Ferguson and Li Jingliang. “El Cucuy” is moving up from the lightweight division and despite his recent skid, remains a credible threat in the 170-pound weight class.

“Tony Ferguson is an incredible fighter,” Jingliang said. “He is full of weapons: elbows, knees, spinning back kick. D’Arce choke is very powerful. This is a challenge for me but I believe in myself that I can beat him. This is a fight between two monsters, ‘El Cucuy’ and ‘The Leech.’ We don’t come in peace, we come in wrath. We might be covered in blood but I’m ‘The Leech.’”

Ferguson (25-7), now 38, has dropped four straight fights, including last May’s knockout loss against Michael Chandler. As for the 34 year-old Jingliang (19-7), he’s coming off a technical knockout victory over Muslim Salikhov just last month.

Consider this scrap an early candidate for “Fight of the Night.” will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 279 fight card, starting with the early UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+ “Prelims” matches at 6 p.m. ET as well as the remaining undercard balance on ESPNN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET by HERE, followed by the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV RIGHT HERE.

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