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UFC 72: Mid-day PPV broadcast in U.S.

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UFC 72: "Victory" will be broadcast LIVE via pay-per-view (PPV) here in the United States at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 16, according to

The first-ever event from Belfast, Ireland, was originally slated to air via tape delay on the Spike television network, similar to the latest European show, UFC 70: "Nations Collide" on April 21.

However, recent reports indicate that Spike stonewalled the UFC's plan to show the event on its network. Therefore, with the HBO deal still in limbo, the UFC had no other option but to go the PPV route.

For all the background on this mess just click here.

It's not the ideal situation, especially for fans who have to pony up another $39.95 to watch a fight card in the middle of a Saturday afternoon that is nothing to write home about.

But, it is what it is.

On that note, to check out the latest — and seemingly complete — UFC 72 fight card click here.

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