Not only will Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stage a major pay-per-view (PPV) event on a Friday (Dec. 30, 2011), but it will also revert back to a 10 p.m. ET start time for the televised main card.
As we passed along back in October, UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" will be pushed back one hour because the 9 p.m. ET slot, which was changed earlier this year for UFC 129, didn't have the expected positive impact on fight night sales.
The switch back to 10 p.m. concludes an eight-month experiment that will likely be well received by west coast fans, while those on the east coast won't be too thrilled about staying up until at least 1 a.m. ET until all the action concludes.
It will remain the same into 2012 and beyond.
That means that the Facebook "Prelims" fights will now begin around 7 p.m. ET, while the two bouts on the Spike TV "Prelims" -- Ross Pearson vs. Junior Assuncao and Anthony Njokuani vs. Danny Castillo -- will begin at 9 p.m. ET.
UFC 141 will mark the return of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, back from intestinal surgery, to welcome ex-Strikeforce and K-1 Champion Alistair Overeem to the Octagon. In lightweight action, Donald Cerrone will try to continue his rise to the top of the division against the dangerous Nate Diaz.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE blow-by-blow results of all the action on Facebook, Spike TV and PPV on fight nght right here. Be sure to join us on Friday for the promotion's annual year-end event, which has all the ingredients to close out an exciting year of mixed martial arts (MMA) action with a bang.