After sticking it to UFC president Dana White with their counter-programming efforts a couple of Sundays ago, Spike TV has once again joined forces with the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion to broadcast a pair of free preliminary bouts.
As expected, “UFC 133 Prelims” returns August 6th with a thrilling featherweight fight between Rani Yahya and Chad Mendes, as well as a light heavyweight affair with Alexander Gustafsson and Vladimir Matyushenko.
Spike’s live show starts at 8PM ET/5PM PT. The pay-per-view broadcast airs immediately after the freebie fights at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
No word if Facebook will come through with a live stream of the remaining preliminary bouts, but the last six Octagon shows have offered scraps on the popular social network.
UFC 133 takes place inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans headlines the card opposite Phil Davis.
Here is UFC 133’s revised agenda:
Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan
Mike Pierce vs. Johny Hendricks
Nick Pace vs. Ivan Menjivar
Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman
(Spike TV 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Rani Yahya vs. Chad Mendes
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
(Pay-Per-View 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis