UFC 125 Prelims to air live via Ion Television on Jan. 1

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today announced that its upcoming UFC 125: "Edgar vs. Maynard" pay-per-view (PPV) event will broadcast a portion of its preliminary card bouts as part of a new programming agreement with Ion Television (formerly PAX TV).

From UFC President Dana White:

"I am excited for our fans because I’ve been looking for ways to broadcast UFC prelims free and to as many homes as possible. ION is the largest broadcast television station group in the U.S. and this deal will put the UFC prelims in almost 100 million homes."

Included in the Jan. 1 prelims special will be a lightweight fight between Marcus Davis and Jeremy Stephens, a 145-pound showdown featuring Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier and the middleweight scrap between Phil Baroni and Brad Tavares.

The bouts will begin at 8:55 p.m. ET.

Finding Ion Television in your area can be done by using the network's channel finder at http://www.ionline.tv/. For example, DirecTV customers with the "Choice Plus" package can watch Ion on channels 305 and 347.

To find Ion Television in your area click here.

Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC 125 beginning with the PPV telecast at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. In addition, we will deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the under card action much earlier on fight night.

For the current UFC 125 fight card and line-up click here.

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