Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may be done with Spike TV at the end of this year, but don't expect the cable television network to go down without a fight.
UFC on FOX, featuring a heavyweight title fight between reigning division champion Cain Velasquez and number one contender Junior dos Santos at 9 p.m. ET on Nov. 12, 2011, will be the first televised special under the UFC's new long-term broadcast deal with the mainstream network.
Spike TV, who still retains rights to the UFC library of fights, will also bring Velasquez and "Cigano" to the airwaves with a programming block of "Unleashed" titled "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez: Unleashed for the Heavyweight Title."
In addition, Viacom's MTV2 will try to get in on the act prior to that from 7-9 p.m. ET with a live two-hour fight card featuring the welterweight final in the Bellator Season 5 tournament.
Here's what to expect on Nov. 12 via Spike TV and MTV 2:
Sat, Nov. 12, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET
MTV 2 presents: Bellator 57 from Casino Rama in Ontario
Fight card pending.
Sat, Nov. 12, from 9:00 p.m. - midnight ET
Spike TV presents: "Dos Santos vs Velasquez: Unleashed for the Heavyweight Title"
Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin
Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar
Junior Dos Santos vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic
Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes France
Thiago Silva vs. Keith Jardine
Cain Velasquez vs. Minotauro Nogueira
Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg
Pat Barry vs Antoni Hardonk
Mark Munoz vs Kendall Grove
Alright Maniacs, what say you? Anyone think the casual fan will end up watching Spike TV retreads instead of the UFC on FOX special?
Or is the UFC brand just too big to be affected?
Furthermore, how many viewers would FOX lose if the "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos" fight ends early and there isn't enough time to broadcast a preliminary fight? Can Spike TV capitalize on this?