FNF Now On UFC Fight PassFebruary 15, 2018
Friday Night Fights kicks off the 2018 Season by closing a deal with UFC’s Fight Pass. Live broadcasting begins with a match between Ognjen Topic and Travis Clay set for March 2nd, 2018. Additionally, the February 2nd card will be available on demand as well, (watch it here https://www.ufc.tv/video/friday-night-fights-2/22 )
“For two decades, we’ve worked hard to consistently provide fight fans with exciting fights in an intimate yet highly energized atmosphere and in partnering with Fight Pass we’re looking forward to bringing that same level of excitement to fight fans around the world” -FNF President Justin Blair.
According to FNF’s matchmaker, Eddie Marini: “Muay Thai is still not that well known among most MMA fans so it’s exciting to be at the forefront of bringing Muay Thai into the mainstream fight community and we’ll be putting together some high caliber fights to show the sport in the best possible light.”
Friday Night Fights will continue with it’s current team of ringside commentators: Ariel Agami and Primo Bellarosa. “These guys are talented, knowledgeable, fun to listen to and a blast to work with. We couldn’t imagine a better team to present Muay Thai to such a wide audience” said Blair. Agami also added “Anytime you have a chance to be connected with the UFC, it’s special. To be able to pair the most established Muay Thai circuit in the nation with the biggest name in combat sports is an incredible opportunity.” Agami continued “Fight fans are in for a treat they deserve.” Color commentator Primo Bellarosa added “As the longest running promotion in New York, Friday Night Fights has not only been a mainstay of kickboxing, but of the whole fight community. The UFC and fight pass has proven itself to be a mainstay of combat sports. Being included on Fight Pass is the next logical step in FNF’s evolution and I’m very proud to be a part of this amazing partnership.”
The March 2nd card will feature Ognjen Topic vs Travis Clay. Topic, who’s career began on Friday Night Fights makes his way back to FNF after nearly 5 years. When asked what being on this card meant, Topic had this to say, “I am very excited to fight on FNF again. I began my amateur career on that show winning fight of the night more than any other fighter in FNF history. It will be great to showcase real Muay Thai to a greater audience with UFCs Fight Pass.” Clay, who hails from Phoenix, Arizona is widely respected as one of the top 132lb fighters in North America and is one of the few in the states believed to be able to give Topic a true test.
The card also features Troy Sheridan against Pawel Zawistowski. Sheridan, a Toronto native and student of “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini also marks his return to Friday Night Fights after an extensive lay off. Zawistowski, a New Yorker by way of Poland, recently turned pro after a longtime amateur career and has already competed for Glory on both of their 2017 NY cards. Sheridan’s hard hitting, never back down style against Zawistowski’s relentless pacing makes this one of the most anticipated matches of the March 2nd card.
Ariel Abreu and Alex Berrios will round off the card in their super middle-weight bout featuring the classic youth vs experience match up. Abreu is a strong, physical fighter while Berrios has made a name for himself as a highly technical fighter. This match up of differing styles is magnified against the back-drop of a young fighter looking to make a name for himself vs an established and experienced veteran.
The March 2nd card will feature a full fight line up including several top level matches. For those looking to get the full experience, doors open at 7pm first bout at 8pm with the live broadcast starting at at 10pm. To make sure you don’t miss the live broadcast, head on over to UFC Fight Pass and get signed up today!!!