Spike TV Takes On Showtime In MMA Matchup
MTV-owned cabler will replay fights from UFC 100 pay-per-view bout
By Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/14/2009 10:16:57 AM
The scheduling move pits the UFC replay against a new installment of Strikeforce on Showtime, topped by Gina Carano taking on Christiane "Cyborg" Santos.
UFC is the dominant player in the mixed martial arts field but has mostly ignored the competition up until this point, with president Dana White often saying that he does not believe there to be any real competitors to his company.
The counter-programming is a first for UFC, and shows that, despite White's public statements, it is well aware of the competition. If a replay of some pay-per-view fights can top a competitor's card comprised of original bouts, then it could serve to justify White's confidence.
The Spike TV card will include the much talked about heavyweight championship bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, along with the following match-ups:
Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping
Alan Belcher vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Stephan Bonnar vs. Mark Coleman
Shannon Gurgerty vs. Matt Grice
Jon Jones vs. Jake O'Brien
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