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“Countdown to UFC 128″ Debuts Tonight on Spike TV

Written by Tom Ngo
March 15th, 2011
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Jon Jones will challenge light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for his crown this weekend at UFC 128. To help generate some hype for their championship affair, Spike TV will kick off the pre-fight festivities tonight with the premiere of “Countdown to UFC 128.”

The preview show debuts at 11PM ET/PT, with replays airing Thursday at 3PM ET/PT and Saturday at 6PM ET/PT.

Speaking of specials, Jones will have his very own 30-minute show this Thursday. “UFC Presents Jon Jones: In the Moment” premieres at 11PM ET/PT.

It will mark the first time a non-UFC title holder was given his own Spike TV documentary.

UFC 128 takes place Saturday inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The pay-per-view broadcast begins at 10PM ET/7PM PT.

Here are the athletes scheduled to participate in the show:

Preliminary Bouts:

Nick Catone vs. Costantinos Philippou
Erik Koch vs. Raphael Assuncao
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Lovela

(Facebook 8PM ET/5PM PT)

Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau
Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle

(Spike TV 9PM ET/6PM PT)

Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani
Luiz Cane vs. Eliot Marshall

Main Bouts:

Brendan Schaub vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Dan Miller vs. Nate Marquardt
Kamal Shalorus vs. Jim Miller
Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
Jon Jones vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)

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