Gimme FUEL, gimmie fire, gimmie the fights that I desire.
Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) relationship with Spike TV is almost fully in the rearview mirror now that the year 2012 is nearly upon us. That's because the world's largest fight promotion will kick off its new year with a bang on its brand new home, FUEL.
Executive Vice President and General Manager George Greenberg is excited:
"We're beyond excited for the monster launch of the UFC on FUEL TV and can't wait for the ball to drop on New Year's so we can finally unveil all this incredible programming. On January 1, FUEL TV becomes the number-one television destination for UFC fans. We're going to deliver amazing live fights, FOX-style pre- and post-fight shows with expert commentary, insightful news shows with exclusive material and powerful documentaries that followers of the UFC have never seen before."
No one ever accused Mr. Greenberg of not being an ambitious fellow.
The UFC will indeed hit FUEL TV airwaves -- and they'll hit hard -- to kick off the new year with a 24-hour marathon block of programming. Not only that, they'll have a bevy of new show premieres all throughout the month of January.
In short, get ready, fight fans, we're getting everything we desire.
All the show details after the jump (via official press release), including the 24-hour block of programming on Jan. 1 and all the dates and times of show premieres and live events scattered throughout the month.
New Year's Day Marathon:
January 1, 12:00 AM ET
UFC Reloaded 1 (UFC 79 Nemesis)
Missed that one Pay-Per-View everyone's always talking about? Not to worry because FUEL TV is bringing you some of the biggest and most memorable events in UFC history, featuring exclusive, never-before-seen, footage and much, much more. You may know the result, but the epic battles on "UFC Reloaded" will keep you on the edge of your seat. There will be 14 episodes in 2012.
January 1, 3:00 AM ET
UFC Bad Blood: Liddell vs. Ortiz
Once friends, now bitter enemies. UFC superstars Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell and "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz waged intense battles in and out of the Octagon. The 90-minute special "UFC Bad Blood: Liddell vs. Ortiz," gives an all-access look at the epic feud forged in heated competition over the UFC Championship, and fueled by personal conflict outside of the cage. Through new, exclusive interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage, and hard-hitting action from their historic fights, you can re-live the rivalry that helped launch the Ultimate Fighting Championship into the mainstream and made Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz household names that will be forever linked.
January 1, 4:30 AM ET
UFC Champion's Roundtable with Jay Glazer
In this FUEL TV produced half-hour special, Jay Glazer chats all things UFC with current and past champions Jon "Bones" Jones, Frank Mir, Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin. Watch this intimate discussion about the UFC's meteoric rise, what it means to be a champion and many other topics.
January 1, 5:00 AM ET
"UFC Unleashed®" features the best fights from the UFC vault! With 12, one-hour specials over 2012, "UFC Unleashed®" brings viewers the big names and epic battles they want to see.
January 1, 6:00 AM ET
UFC Ultimate KnockoutsTM
"UFC Ultimate KnockoutsTM" brings viewers the greatest knockouts in MMA history, delivered by fighters who refuse to leave results in the hands of the judges ... or even allow their opponent a chance to tap out. In this two-hour special, these warriors seek not just to win, but to dominate ... with one devastating strike!
(Note: The January 1 schedule repeats this eight-hour block the rest of the day.)
Other UFC Show Premieres:
January 3, 7:00 PM ET
Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships®
Peer into the PRIDE® vault as FUEL TV brings viewers some of the greatest mixed martial artists in history, featuring classic wars from Japan's MMA glory days. In 12, one-hour shows, watch as many of today's biggest UFC stars like Anderson "The Spider" Silva, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira first rose to prominence in the PRIDE ring. Viewers get to relive all of the classic battles in the "Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships®."
January 3, 10:00 PM ET
"UFC Tonight" is the official weekly news and information show of the UFC. With in-depth event coverage and analysis, jaw-dropping highlights, exclusive fighter interviews before and after bouts, and segments unavailable anywhere else, "UFC Tonight" is a fan's number-one source for the latest happenings in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This weekly, half hour show is hosted by Todd Harris, with analyst Kenny Florian, Insider Ariel Helwani and features from Jay Glazer.
January 10, 6:00 PM ET
UFC Best of 2011
Each year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship gets more exciting than the last. Re-live the thrilling action of the best bouts, the greatest knockouts and submissions, and other incredible highlights of the previous 12 months in this three-hour special, as we breakdown top contenders in each weight class, rising stars, and the warriors currently dominating the sport.
January 10, 9:00 PM ET
Countdown to UFC RIOTM: ALDO vs. MENDES
"Countdown to UFC" sets the stage for the UFC's biggest fights with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access to fighter training camps. Over 14 episodes of this series, witness the intense preparation, hear each fighter's opinion of their opponent, and get expert analysis on the match-up - all leading up to the big fight.
Live UFC Programs on FUEL TV in January:
January 13, 1:00 PM ET
Live UFC Weigh-in: UFC RIOTM: ALDO vs. MENDES
UFC's biggest and baddest stars weigh-in and face-off live before a night of epic battles inside the Octagon.
January 14, 1:00 AM ET
UFC on FUEL TV: Post-Fight Show - UFC RIOTM: ALDO vs. MENDES
Jay Glazer and today's top MMA analysts recap the night's bouts, serve up exclusive fighter interviews, and talk about 'what's next' for the winners and losers after the big fight in this one-hour show.
January 19, 5:00 PM ET
Live UFC Weigh-in: UFC® on FX: GUILLARD vs. MILLER
UFC's biggest and baddest stars weigh-in and face-off Live before a night of epic battles inside the Octagon®.
January 20, 6:00 PM ET
UFC on FUEL TV: Preliminary Bouts - UFC® on FX: GUILLARD vs. MILLER
Witness the next generation of UFC stars rise as FUEL TV kicks off a night of unforgettable action, featuring three hours of MMA's hungriest and most promising fighters. If you want to see the battles that make up-and-coming fighters into household names, you don't want to miss the prelims on FUEL TV.
January 20, 11:00 PM ET
UFC on FUEL TV: Post-Fight Show - UFC® on FX: GUILLARD vs. MILLER
January 27, 5:00 PM ET
Live UFC Weigh-in: UFC on FOX
January 28, 5:00 PM ET
UFC on FUEL TV: Preliminary Bouts - UFC on FOX
January 28, 10:00 PM ET
UFC on FUEL TV: Post-Fight Show - UFC on FOX
January 31, 9:00 PM ET
Countdown to UFC® 143: DIAZ vs. CONDIT
There you have it, Maniacs. White knuckle tight.