UFC 103 undercard to be televised on Spike TV

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                    <p>The &ldquo;UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort&rdquo; pay-per-view card is going toe-to-toe with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez HBO pay-per-view event on Sept. 19.<br />



The UFC is known for its creative marketing and counter-programming tactics and it looks like the MMA giant has come up with a good plan to beef up awareness for UFC 103.



The UFC will air a two-hour telecast of the UFC 103 undercard commercial free on Spike TV as a lead in for the UFC 103 main card on pay-per-view, according to a source at the UFC.



It remains to be seen how well either event will do with two major PPV events on the same night.



Will the UFC, which has been flourishing on PPV in these tough economic times, take a hit going head-to-head with a major boxing card?



Is Mayweather a legit pay-per-view draw? He had Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton to help pump up sales in his two biggest PPV fights.



Will boxing fans, who also follow MMA, bail on the UFC to see Mayweather back in action or will they be lured into watching Rich Franklin take on Vitor Belfort at UFC 103?



One thing is for sure, it’s going to be an interesting night of fights.


 

nice, cant remember whos fighting tho

This is gonna bite them in the ass if the 5 main card fights are all KO's in 2 minutes.

nah. their not stupid. they will have them timed as to when each fight will enter the octagon and have plenty of filler ads

Dana said the reason they didn't show them b4 is so the people who paid for tickets would have those extra fights as sort of a reward. I guess PBF made Dana change his view on this.

best idea ever!!!!! 

 MAIN CARD


  • Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin

  • Junior Dos Santos vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

  • Martin Kampmann vs. Mike Swick

  • Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg

  • Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin


PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller

  • Jim Miller vs. Thiago Tavares

  • Dan Lauzon vs. Rafaello Oliveira

  • Paul Daley vs. Brian Foster

  • Tomasz Drwal vs. Drew McFedries

  • Jason Brilz vs. Eliot Marshall

  • Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Igor Pokrajac

  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rob Emerson


Holy heck, Dana pulled out one of his big guns to counter Mayweather.

BLAF does not like to lose.

damn that's a lot of fights

it won't affect them if the ppv fights end quick... We're able to see all the fights on the card, so it's a win.

PLAF for the win.

 im stoked

There's little chance that they'll have the time to air all 8 undercard fights in two hours. They'll have one or two fights on reserve as main card fill-ins if there are multiple quick finishes on the main card.

i think its "brilliant"

one of the most interesting things (business wise) about the tuf 1 finale was the fact that the ratings went up in the middle of the fight.

i personally think this new model is the equivelant of showing the 1st 15 min of  porno for free before you scrmble it. more people will pay to see the rest of it than would have sought it out to begin with.



AND we get to see fights we should have been seeing for a long time.



for 45 freakin bucks i shoule be getting a goddam t shirt in the mix too, nevermind the fact that i am missing half of the fights that are most interesting to me. but thats just me.... and i am an asshole

bam57bam - Dana said the reason they didn't show them b4 is so the people who paid for tickets would have those extra fights as sort of a reward. I guess PBF made Dana change his view on this.
I remember hearing this as well, but MAN! I would love for this to become the norm. Airing the undercard on free tv, even if just for an hour, would increase last minute buyrates. I think a 1 hour undercard special for every ppv event on Spike would be a win/win. Live attendance would not be nagatively impacted by this!



As this card began to take shape weeks ago, even despite no early announced main event, many of us discussed how stacked the event was going to be top to bottom, and I thought to myself, damn I would love Spike to air the undercard as they did with the loaded Fight Night last year, prayers were answered ; )



I hope this causes a spike in buyrates and begins a trend! Thank you Spike and ZUFFA! Thank you competition.








Awesome!

 wonder if this is only a one time deal or if this will be a regular occurance

 lol should I even go to the show now?



Is there even any point?

 ^^^ Another reason I kind of don't want to go... I want to watch both the Boxing and the UFC.

 awesome!



i was always thinking that all undercard fights should be on spike. give the guys some exposure and hype the main event up while doing so.