It was inevitable that the UFC would counter-program “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” on November 7th, and today it was revealed that Spike TV will be broadcasting the debut of “UFC Main Events: Couture vs. Nogueira” that same evening. The two-hour special will feature four of your favorite 2009 scraps, headlined by the UFC 102 heavyweight clash between former champs Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Spike TV vice president of sports and specials, Brian J. Diamond, made the announcement today on MMAjunkie.com Radio.
“We always get calls from the UFC about some great programming they want us to air all the time,” Diamond told the site. “And we love it. The fans love it.”
Strikeforce appears to have gotten off lucky that MMA’s biggest show already had an action-packed holiday season scheduled. Otherwise, they would have hosted a live event of their own that same weekend.
In addition to the Couture/Big Nog fight, you can also catch Vitor Belfort’s knockout of Rich Franklin at UFC 103, as well as the UFC 101 contests between BJ Penn and Kenny Florian and Anderson Silva and Forrest Griffin.
Diamond said that this special was only a sign of things to come. In fact, they are working on more goodies that should arrive before the New Year.
“We have some more stuff planned that we’ll announce in the next few weeks that will take place by the end of the year,” he said.
You can catch “UFC Main Events: Couture vs. Nogueira” beginning at 9PM ET/PT. Or, you can see Emelianenko make his U.S. primetime debut. Decisions, decisions … DVR!