Counter Strike

Written by Tom Ngo
July 25th, 2008

For those die hard UFC fans that refuse to support any other MMA organization, the UFC will be airing a free replay of UFC 84 on Spike TV on Saturday This just happens to be the same night “EliteXC: Unfinished Business” will be airing on CBS, their second production with the network. In addition to that, UFC President, Dana White, stated that he is set to make another big announcement during the replay.

It is believed that White will announce that UFC 89 will be aired free, via tape delay on Spike TV Saturday October 18th. The event will be held in Birmingham, England and will be headlined by Chris Leben taking on Britian’s own, Michael Bisping.

The UFC and Spike TV have blocked out an entire afternoon for UFC action.  Starting at 4PM EST they will be re-airing UFC Fight Night 14, which will be taking place July 19th. This will be followed by an hour of “UFC Unleashed,” then an hour long episode of “Ultimate Knockouts 5.” Starting at 9PM EST they will begin the UFC 84 card.

UFC 84 took place on May 24th and featured Wanderlei Silva taking on Keith Jardine, Tito Ortiz in his last UFC bout against Lyoto Machida, and the event was headlined by UFC Lightweight Champ BJ Penn defending his title against bitter rival Sean Sherk.

UFC 84 was one of the most successful UFC’s ever, drawing in $3,732,000 in ticket sales, the fourth highest in Nevada history.

The reason that the UFC needed to fill a full day’s worth of fights was because Elite will be having an all evening event of their own, as their Showtime card will be starting at 8PM EST, leading directly into their CBS promotion at 9PM EST. They will have a total of three title belts on the line July 26th.

Their Showtime event will be headlined by Antonio Silva taking on Justin Eilers for the open EliteXC Heavyweight Belt. “EliteXC: Unfinished Business” on CBS will have Jake Shields taking on Nick Thompson for the open EliteXC Welterweight belt, as well as the rematch between Scott Smith and Robbie Lawler for the Middleweight title.

This is the second time that the UFC has made a significant move to rain on one of their competitors’ parade. Last week, the UFC put together a free, last minute, UFC event,Ultimate Fight Night 14, the same night that Affliction:Banned made their debut into the highly competitive world of MMA.

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