As expected, Strikeforce will face quite a bit of resistance from their MMA counterparts when they host their June 26th Showtime broadcast featuring company golden boy Fedor Emelianenko.
The UFC and Spike TV announced today they will air a first-time replay of May’s “UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II” pay-per-view broadcast on Saturday, June 26 at 9PM ET/PT. UFC 113 featured the highly anticipated light heavyweight rematch between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and then-champ Lyoto Machida.
The UFC’s decision to counter-program, specifically with UFC 113, shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The May 8th event was the UFC’s only PPV show out of its last four where the main event ended in exciting fashion and wasn’t met with choruses of boos from fans siting Octagon-side.
Fedor vs. Werdum (LIVE* – 10PM ET/PT)
Josh Thomson vs. Pat Healy
Jan Finney vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (Strikeforce Women’s Champion)
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum
Machida vs. Shogun II (Replay – 9PM ET/PT)
Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet
Joe Doerksen vs. Tom Lawlor
Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher
Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione
Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens
Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
* – Although “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” goes down live on June 26th, only fans with access to an East Coast feed will be able to witness Fedor’s mastery in real time.