Programming alert: 'Countdown to UFC 131' debuts June 8 on Spike TV

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Countdown to UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" will debut Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 11 p.m. ET on Spike TV to promote the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Saturday, June 11, 2011.

The network special will provide a glimpse into the preparation and training camps of the fighters set to headline the show, featuring current UFC heavyweight contenders Junior "Cigano" dos Santos and Shane "The Engineer" Carwin.

UFC.com currently lists the replay of "Countdown to UFC 131" at the following times:

Thursday, June 9 at 11 p.m. ET on Spike TV.
Saturday, June 11 at 6 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

"Dos Santos vs. Carwin" will also feature Kenny "KenFlo" Florian making his featherweight debut against the always scrappy Diego Nunes. Savvy submission specialist Demian Maia will take on Mark Munoz in middleweight action.

Here is the current UFC 131 fight card and line up:

Main Event:

265 lbs.: Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin

Main Card (Pay-per-view):

265 lbs.: Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman
155 lbs.: Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha
185 lbs.: Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
145 lbs.: Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes

Preliminary Card (Spike TV)

155 lbs.: Yves Edwards vs. Sam Stout
185 lbs.: Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Weidman

Preliminary Card (May not be broadcast):

145 lbs.: Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young
205 lbs.: Igor Pokrajac vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
145 lbs.: Darren Elkins vs. Michihiro Omigawa
265 lbs.: Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa
185 lbs.: James Head vs. Nick Ring

Remember: MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC 131, beginning with the pay-per-view telecast at 9 p.m. ET on June 11. In addition, we will deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the under card action much earlier on fight night.

To get up to speed on all the action for the upcoming event, check out our UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" news archive by clicking here.

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