Before Cris Cyborg vs Holly, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Edson Barboza and all of the UFC 219 main card at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, Khalil Rountree will take on Michal Oleksiejczuk to headline a quintet of preliminary fights.
The first prelim card, which starts at 7 p.m. ET, can be watched online via UFC Fight Pass, which offers a free 7-day trial.
The second card, 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. They all cost a monthly fee but come with a free trial, allowing you to watch tonight’s action at no cost:
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: Tim Elliott vs Mark De La Rosa
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori vs Omari Akhmedov
Flyweight: Louis Smolka vs Matheus Nicolau
Featherweight: Myles Jury vs Rick Glenn
Light Heavyweight: Khalil Rountree vs Michal Oleksiejczuk
After a pair of defeats to start his UFC career, 27-year-old Khalil Rountree has reeled off two first-round KO victories in a row–one against Daniel Jolly in February, and another against Paul Craig in July–and now gets a huge opportunity as the main event on the preliminary portion of a PPV event.
Standing in his way will be Michal Oleksiejczuk. The UFC newcomer, who replaced kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki on the card, is 12-2 in his MMA career and carries a nine-fight winning streak that includes seven knockout victories. He boasts big-time KO power, and considering what Rountree has done in his last two fights, this has a chance to be a really entertaining fight.
Throw in a couple of other intriguing bouts, and though there are only five total preliminary it should still be a good lead-up to the main card.