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FS1 to broadcast UFC 218 special on Christmas Eve


The Christmas Eve UFC special that will re-air UFC 218 will be on FS1 and not FOX as reported yesterday.

That changes the scope of the show, although it still will give greater visibility to an exciting card and the Francis Ngannou knockout of Alistair Overeem along with a quick turnaround between the pay-per-view and the television airing.

Fox officials have noted that the show will be airing from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on December 24th, a Sunday night.

The show will include only three fights, the Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo featherweight title match, Ngannou's win over Overeem with one of the year's most spectacular knockouts, and one of the year's best fights with Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje for what Alvarez billed as the lightweight violence championship.

On Christmas Eve last year, a UFC 206 special aired on FOX and averaged 4,720,000 viewers. That was the second-biggest number ever for UFC on FOX, though the lead-in was an NFL game.