Before Michael Bisping vs Georges St-Pierre, Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw, Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Rose Namajunas and a stacked main card at UFC 217, there will be two very good preliminary cards at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
The first, which starts at 6:30 p.m. ET, can be watched online via UFC Fight Pass, which offers a free 7-day trial.
The second, which starts at 8 p.m. ET, will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. And if you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch FS1 online, on your phone or on another streaming device by signing up for a free trial of one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
FuboTV: Fox Sports 1 is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, which is $19.99 per month for the first two months and $39.99 per month after that. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app
DirecTV Now: Fox Sports 1 is included in all four channel packages, ranging from $35 to $70 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app
Sling TV: Fox Sports 1 is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package for $25 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app
Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Bantamweight: Aiemann Zahabi vs Ricardo Ramos
Light Heavyweight: Ion Cutelaba vs Michal Oleksiejczuk
Heavyweight: Oleksiy Oliynyk vs Curtis Blades
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card
Welterweight: Randy Brown vs Mickey Gall
Light Heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux vs Corey Anderson
Heavyweight: Walt Harris vs Mark Godbeer
Lightweight: James Vick vs Joseph Duffy
The headliner of the FS1 card is a battle between James Vick and Joseph Duffy, who have enjoyed successful years thus far. Both will enter the Octagon sporting two-fight winning streaks, with Vick having disposed of Abel Trujillo via third-round submission at UFC Fight Night Houston in February and Marco Polo Reyes via first-round TKO at UFC 211, and Duffy having beat Mitch Clarke via first-round submission at UFC Fight Night Las Vegas and Reza Madadi via decision at UFC Fight Night London in March.
Due to a lightweight division that is as deep as it daunting at the top, neither of these fighters are ranked. But with a combined UFC record of 11-2, they are both certainly good enough to make this a main card-caliber fight.
There’s plenty of other intriguing action on the card, too. Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer should be an entertaining battle between two heavyweights who have seen a combined 86.3 percent of their MMA wins come via knockout. The winner of Ovince Saint Preux and Corey Anderson–both Top-10 fighters in the light heavyweight division–could very well get a shot at Daniel Cormier down the line. And then there’s Randy Brown vs Mickey Gall, which will help us get a better idea of Gall after two high-profile wins over CM Punk and Sage Northcutt.
Ultimately, the main card at MSG on Saturday night is undoubtedly going to be good, but these prelims offer a tremendous warm-up.