Spike TV is once again hosting a special encore presentation of a recent UFC pay-per-view (PPV) when the cable network goes head-to-head with Showtime tonight (June 26) at 10 p.m. ET.
Featuring a light heavyweight rematch between two of the world's top 205-pound athletes, UFC 113: "Machida vs. Shogun II" will counter program the upcoming Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Werdum" event set for the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
In addition to "The Last Emperor," Strikeforce will feature Women's Champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos against Jan "Cuddles" Finney as well as a rematch between former middleweight champion Cung Le and Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith.
Is that enough to outdraw a couple of Brazilians, Kimbo Slice and a Canadian piledriver?
The UFC seems to think so. Here is a list of the featured bouts for Saturday's Spike TV presentation:
205 lbs.: Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio Rua
265 lbs.: Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione
155 lbs.: Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens
185 lbs.: Joe Doerksen vs. Tom Lawlor
170 lbs.: Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet
185 lbs.: Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher
This latest counter-programming effort should come as no surprise.
The UFC and Spike aired a special presentation of "Ultimate Fights" to run opposite the Strikeforce "Heavy Artillery" event from St. Louis back on May 15.
Of course most fans who want to see both cards will DVR one broadcast and watch the preferred one live -- or simply flip-flop back and forth between the bouts that don't hold their interest.
Which one of those descriptions best fits you? Let's hear it Maniacs, what are your plans for tonight's MMA programming?