Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer is reporting that UFC 89, which will be held in Birmingham, England on October 18th will be broadcasted on Spike TV for free via tape delay. The event is headlined by England’s own Michael Bisping taking on Chris Leben.
The UFC and Spike TV had a similar arrangement for UFC 70 and UFC 75, which both took place in England, but was aired free here in the States. The only downfall of this is that the event is taped delayed, usually by about five hours for the east coast.
Meltzer is also reporting that the UFC was willing to make this sacrifice of a free event because they are planning to have UFC 90 the following weekend. They will use Spike TV’s broadcast to promote that Pay-Per-View event the entire night.
The UFC has yet to confirm anything in regards to UFC 90, including a date, location or fighters. In addition, Spike TV officials told MMAjunkie.comthat they have no comment at this time regarding UFC 89, however a source close to the situation told the MMA website that if it were to happen, Spike TV plans to air the free three-hour broadcast during prime time.
It was also reported yesterday that Thiago Alves and Diego Sanchez have verbally agreed to face each other in what looks to be a top contender match in the Welterweight division. It is believed that the winner would ultimately face the victor of the Jon Fitch vs. current Champion Georges St-Pierre, which is slated to take place next month at UFC 87.
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