Report: UFC 142 Prelims to air via FX channel on Jan. 14

UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes," emanating from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan. 14, 2012, now has an official home for its preliminary card offerings.

Word out of MMA Fighting is that the entire UFC 142 undercard will shift from the Facebook live stream, home to UFC "Prelims" over the past several months, to the FX channel come fight night:

FUEL TV, who shares the same parent company, FOX, as FX, will broadcast the majority of UFC prelim bouts in 2012, however, the UFC 142 undercard will air on the network's sister channel, FX.

FUEL TV will air the weigh-ins live and a post-fight show immediately following the event.

In short, expect the FX channel to be a one-off for the upcoming UFC 142 Prelim fights before the promotion settles into its new undercard home on FUEL TV.

In the main event of the evening, Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight championship against top contender and suffocating wrestling Chad Mendes. In addition, super popular Brazilian banger Vitor Belfort will get his chance to show off in front of his native fans against middleweight debutant Anthony Johnson.

Here is the current UFC 142 fight card and line-up:

Main event:

145 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes

Main card (pay-per-view):

185 lbs.: Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson
170 lbs.: Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Erick Silva
155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim
185 lbs.: Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio

Preliminary card (FX Channel):

170 lbs.: Paulo Thiago vs. Mike Pyle
205 lbs.: Fabio Maldonado vs. Stanislav Nedkov
155 lbs.: Thiago Tavares vs. Sam Stout
145 lbs.: Michihiro Omigawa vs. Yuri Alcantara
145 lbs.: Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio Carvalho
265 lbs.: Rob Broughton vs. Ednaldo Oliveira

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Sat., Jan. 14), which is slated to air at 9 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. The latest quick updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 6:30 p.m. ET with the preliminary bouts.

For the latest UFC 142 news and notes click here.

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