The top two fights happening at UFC Fight Night 153 (a.k.a. UFC on ESPN+ 11) TONIGHT (Sat., June 1, 2019) from inside Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, are scheduled to take place in the light heavyweight division. The main event features former title challengers, Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson and Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, and the co-main event is now set to be Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic after Ilir Latifi was pulled from his scheduled bout against Volkan Oezdemir. Perhaps the best part of this main card offering from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is that the card takes place midday in the United States.
For the memorable past and foreseeable future, UFC has been pushing an event at its fan base almost once a week. With that comes a lot of dedication from hardcore fight fans if they intend to take in every possible second of violence from the world’s premiere mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Having that in mind, I would say it’s completely acceptable for time with family or friends to be prioritized over an event like this one.
I’ve decided to use my Saturday afternoon as an opportunity to possibly see an abundance of highly entertaining fights, but also to provide you with a radio-style play-by-play broadcast of each eye-poke, groin strike, highlight-reel knockout, etc. that is being presented behind the ESPN+ monetary blockade. I might be less easy on the eyes than Gustafsson’s cauliflower ear, but during the entire main card of this event I will be doing my best to keep fight fans up to date on the moment-to-moment action inside of the eight-sided cage.
We’ve done this style of show in the past exclusively for pay-per-view (PPV) events and are trying it out for UFC Fight Nights as well. If you like the product, please consider subscribing to the channel and giving the video a thumbs up.
Here’s what’s in store for the UFC on ESPN+ 11 main card:
205 lbs.: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith
205 lbs.: Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic
145 lbs.: Makwan Amirkhani vs. Chris Fishgold
155 lbs.: Damir Hadzovic vs. Christos Giagos
145 lbs.: Daniel Teymur vs. Sung Bin Jo
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on ESPN+ 11 fight card tonight, starting with the ESPN 2 “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. / 7 a.m. ET/PT before the main card start time at 1 p.m. / 10 a.m. ET/PT on ESPN+.