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Fuel TV announces UFC programming schedule

Remember when New Year's Day was reserved for the major bowl games and the crowning of college football's national champion? Those days are long-gone, leaving a void on New Year's Day that's been filled in the past with some bowl games that don't mean much outside of the two schools, and the NHL's winter classic.

Fuel TV, part of the Fox family of networks, will toss its four-inch glove into the cage that day with a 24-hour marathon of UFC programming. That includes the premiere of five new shows, one of which is "UFC Reloaded" and it will show UFC 79.

Ultimate Knockouts, the Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz "Bad Blood" DVD and a champions roundtable with Jay Glazer are also part of the programming.

But that's just one day.

Fuel also announced Tuesday its plans for "UFC Tonight," a weekly news and information show for the company. Todd Harris will host.

January's programming will also include live event coverage such as the weigh-ins  and post-fight shows from UFC Rio (Jan. 13-14), UFC on FX (Jan. 19-20), UFC on Fox (Jan. 27-28). Fuel will also carry post-fight shows from both the FX and Fox events.

Fuel said it will broadcast more than 2,000 hours of UFC programming and 100 hours of live events. That's an average of at least 5.5 hours of programming per day.

New York Sports