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Programming alert: 'Countdown to UFC 134' debuts Aug. 25 on Spike TV

Countdown to UFC 134: "Rio" will debut Thursday, Aug. 25 at 11 p.m. ET on Spike TV to promote the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday, Aug. 27, 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 MIddleweight Champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva and division number one contender Yushin "Thunder" Okami. currently lists replays of "Countdown to UFC 134" at the following times:

Friday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. ET on Spike TV
Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. ET on Spike TV

Also booked for Brazil is a long-awaited light heavyweight rematch between former champions Mauricio Rua and Forrest Griffin, while Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will return to action in a heavyweight tilt against rising contender Brendan Schaub.

Here is the current UFC 134 fight card and line-up:

Main Event:

185 lbs.: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami

Main Card (Pay-per-view):

205 lbs.: Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio Rua
265 lbs.: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub
155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson
205 lbs.: Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov

Spike TV Prelims:

155 lbs.: Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares
170 lbs.: David Mitchell vs. Paulo Thiago

Preliminary Card (May not be broadcast):

185 lbs.: Alexandre Ferreira vs. Rousimar Palhares
135 lbs.: Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland
145 lbs.: Yuri Alcantara vs. Antonio Carvalho
170 lbs.: Mike Swick vs. Erick Silva will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC 134, beginning with the pay-per-view telecast at 9 p.m. ET on Aug. 27. In addition, we will deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the under card action much earlier on fight night.

For the latest UFC 134 news and notes click here.