While Santa Claus opted to skip my house for the 32nd consecutive year, UFC president Dana White will attempt to keep the Holiday spirit rolling with three free “UFC 125: Resolution” preliminary bouts.
White told MMAJunkie late Monday Ion Television will broadcast the freebie scraps live beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT. The promoter is hoping the hour-long lead-in will generate last-minute pay-per-view buys for Saturday’s show inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The prelims we do air, there’s only supposed to be two,” White said. “Time-wise, it’s impossible to pull off three if they all go to the distance. I’m going to roll the dice on this thing.
“Not only are we going to bring the prelims to the fans, but everybody has been hammering me for the Phil Baroni-Brad Tavares fight. So I’m going to do three fights. I’m going to give them that fight, too.”
In addition to the middleweight contest, White said Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens and Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier will also appear in the Octagon’s Ion Television debut.
According to White, the network is currently available in more than 100 million homes. It originally launched in 1998 as PAX TV, but was subsequently renamed to its current moniker in 2007.
“The prelims were not supposed to be aired for this show, but I know the fans are always asking how I’m going to pay them back for some other shows,” White said. “Well, here you go. If everything else I do isn’t enough, let this one be it.”
A lightweight title bout between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will headline the Octagon’s New Year’s Day extravaganza.
Here is UFC125’s revised agenda:
Antonio McKee vs. Jacob Volkmann
Daniel Roberts vs. Greg Soto
Mike Brown and Diego Nunes
(Ion Television 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares
Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier
Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens
Takanori Gomi vs. Clay Guida
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva
Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)