The Orange County Register’s report yesterday that Spike TV would be airing two live-hours of UFC 103 preliminary action was partially correct. The network has just announced they will be airing only a 60-minute live broadcast of a couple dark matches.
“Providing an action-packed UFC pay-per-view, live and commercial free, to our viewers on both coasts, further illustrates Spike TV and the UFC’s commitment to its fans,” Spike TV president Kevin Kay stated in the release.
Spike TV plans to broadcast “The Ultimate Fighter 7” runner-up Efrain Escudero’s scrap with Cole Miller, as well as a potential shootout between middleweights Tomasz Drwal and Drew McFedries.
The UFC 103 telecast will mark the first time Spike TV has aired a “major” UFC event live in the U.S. without commercial interruption.
The PPV portion of UFC 103 begins at 10PM ET/7PM PT, and will go head-up against the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez.
The move was likely the UFC’s subtle attempt at challenging boxing for some of their PPV cheddar. They are hoping that by showcasing live MMA action for free, before the good stuff starts, it might sway some more buys their way, once again allowing UFC president Dana White to stick it to his combat sport counterparts.
UFC 103 will be taking place inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Here is a complete rundown of the night’s fights:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rob Emerson
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Igor Pokrajac
Eliot Marshall vs. Jason Brilz
Brian Foster vs. Paul Daley
Jim Miller vs. Thiago Tavares
(Spike TV 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Drew McFedries and Tomasz Drawl
Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller
(PPV 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin
Frank Trigg vs. Josh Koshcheck
Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann
Junior dos Santos vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort (195-pound Catchweight Bout)