“UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez” fight week is finally upon us. As customary with every Octagon event featuring heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, the pay-per-view broadcast comes with all the pre-fight promotional bells and whistles. Thankfully, “Countdown to UFC 121” debuts tonight on Spike TV to ensure the hoopla machine keeps churning.
In addition to the former All-American wrestler, the half hour-long documentary will also showcase his challenger and arguably most formidable opponent to date in Cain Velasquez.
The highly popular show will also take fans into the lives of co-main event fighters Jake Shields and Martin Kampmann. Shields recently abandoned his Strikeforce middleweight crown to swim in the Octagon’s pool. He’ll be riding a 14-fight win streak into his shootout with the Dutchman.
A light heavyweight scrap between Matt Hamill and his former “The Ultimate Fighter 3” coach Tito Ortiz will also receive special attention in tonight’s show.
UFC 121 will be popping off this Saturday inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
“Countdown to UFC 121” starts tonight at 11:30PM ET/PT on Spike TV. If you forget to set your DVRs, the network will replay the show on Wednesday (6:30PM ET/PT), Thursday (1:30AM ET/PT), Friday (2:40AM ET/PT) and Saturday (1AM ET/PT).
Here is a rundown of Saturday’s agenda:
Gilbert Yvel vs. Jon Madsen
Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang
Mike Guymon vs. Daniel Roberts
Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor
Spike TV (9PM ET/6PM PT)
Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor
Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Brendan Schaub
Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill
Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Shields
Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)