MSG Networks to Air Special Fight Coverage Tonight to Preview Upcoming UFC Fight Card at Madison Square Garden

MSG Networks to Air Special Fight Coverage Tonight to
Preview Upcoming UFC Fight Card at Madison Square Garden

‘The Bettor Half Hour: Over/Undercard’ to Air Tonight at 10:00pm ET and Preview Saturday’s
UFC 281 Card at MSG and Main Event Title Fight Between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira
Special Programming to Feature an Exclusive, One-on-One Interview with Israel Adesanya 

New York, NY (November 10, 2022) – MSG Networks announced it will air special programming tonight to preview the upcoming UFC 281 fight card this Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The show will break down the matchups on the card, including the highly anticipated Middleweight Title Fight between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira.

The coverage will air at 10:00pm ET tonight following the Rangers postgame as a special fight edition of the network’s existing sports betting program, The Bettor Half Hour. Hosted by Amber Kountz and Alex Monaco, The Bettor Half Hour: Over/Undercard will provide viewers with in-depth analysis, expert commentary and key betting insights from the perspective of former fighters, trainers and on-air personalities in the combat sports space.

The show will also feature an exclusive, one-on-one interview with Adesanya before his title defense against Pereira. The full interview with the current UFC Middleweight Champion will then air after the Knicks postgame tomorrow night at 10:30pm ET during an episode of MSG PM. An advance look at some of the quotes from the sit-down conversation can be found below.

Kountz and Monaco will be joined by a rotating mix of guests that includes former UFC lightweight fighter and The Ultimate Fighter contestant Al Iaquinta, MMA trainer Ray Longo, and UFC Insider and sports betting analyst Kyle Anthony. A former boxing contributor, Kountz previously served as a ring announcer for amateur boxing events such as the New England Golden Gloves.

The programming airing on MSG Networks will also be available to watch on MSG GO, the network’s live streaming and video on demand platform.

Israel Adesanya Quotes


On headlining Madison Square Garden
“Madison Square Garden is special. You walk around the halls and you see all these portraits. Athletes and entertainers who have graced the floor of this place. And I now get to be one of those people who closes the show. It’s going to be poetic. Poetic justice.”

On his potential walkout entrance
“It’s business. I’m walking from point A to point B. There’s a theme around this fight that’s going to activate me. It’s going to activate the dark side that I need.”

On if a win on Saturday will solidify this era as his era
“Yes, 100%. That’s why I’ve done anything in my power to make sure this happens.”

On how he manages to still have fun while competing in the cage
“It’s experience and warrior spirit. Not everyone can do this. But it’s the experience, I’ve done this so many times. And it’s fun. When you know what you’re doing and you’re the best in the world, I just have fun with it. And when I’m having fun, I’m the best in the world.”

On if he has any Hollywood aspirations
“This right now is my bread and butter. This is what I love doing. I really love learning and evolving in this game. I feel like the amount of time it would take to focus my attention on something else, it would take away from my craft.”

About MSG Networks
MSG Networks, a pioneer in sports media, owns and operates two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks and a companion streaming service that serve the nation’s number one media market, the New York DMA, as well as other portions of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The networks feature a wide range of compelling sports content, including exclusive live local games and other programming of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres, as well as significant coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. This content, in addition to a diverse array of other sporting events and critically acclaimed original programming, has established MSG Networks as the gold standard in regional sports.  MSG Networks is a subsidiary of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. 

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