Spike TV recently confirmed that it will indeed televise the "Franklin vs. Belfort" preliminary card from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 19.
However, just a "portion" -- not the whole magilla -- will air commercial-free on fight night.
Accordingly, fans will be treated to one hour (not two) of uninterrupted mixed martial arts competition, beginning at 9 p.m. and leading into the pay-per-view (PPV) telecast at 10 p.m., which will be available for purchase at $44.95.
Here's a snip from Kevin Kay, president, Spike TV, on the unprecedented decision:
"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."
Currently, the promotion has eight fights booked for the UFC 103 prelims.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 winner Efrain Escudero will headline the under card action opposite TUF 5 alum Cole Miller (15-3). And the hard-hitting middleweight clash between Tomasz "The Gorilla" Drwal and Drew "The Massacre" McFedries is also guaranteed to make the Spike TV broadcast.
UFC 103 will feature a main event between Rich "Ace" Franklin and Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort at a 195-pound catchweight. Also slated for the main card is a heavyweight tilt between former PRIDE superstar Mirko Cro Cop and surging heavyweight prospect Junior Dos Santos.
In addition, Martin Kampmann will be out to put a "hit" on Mike Swick to determine the number one contender for Georges St. Pierre’s 170-pound title.
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Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC 103, beginning with the PPV telecast at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, we will deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the televised under card action.