After much speculation, UFC President Dana White officially announced that UFC 89 will be televised for free via tape delay on Spike TV. The card will be held in Birmingham, England on October 19th, and will be headlined by a middleweight showdown between Chris Leben and Britian’s own, Michael Bisping.
White made the annoucment this evening during the UFC’s free replay of UFC 84 on Spike TV. This was the UFC’s attempt to prevent fans from tuning into EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event, which aired at the same time on Showtime and CBS.
It was EliteXC’s second promotion on CBS in just two months. Their first event was a television ratings success, which is what may have prompted the UFC to counter with something of their own.