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UFC 100 ON SPIKE AS COUNTER-PROGRAMMING MOVE TO STRIKEFORCE

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Spike TV will present a special cable telecast of select bouts from UFC 100 this Saturday, August 15 at 9:00pm here in Chicago.  It’s a counter-programming move to Strikeforce: Carano vs Cyborg which will air at the same time on Showtime.

The following fights will be featured in the Spike TV show:

Heavyweight Championship Bout
Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir

Middleweights
Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping

Middleweights
Alan Belcher vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Light Heavyweights
Stephan Bonnar vs. Mark Coleman

Lightweights
Shannon Gurgerty vs. Matt Grice

Light Heavyweights
Jon Jones vs. Jake O’Brien

Analysis: It’s interesting to see which fights are being broadcasted by the network.  The buzz surrounding Lesnar and Henderson after UFC 100 was huge.  Lesnar was scrutinized for his dominance over Mir, but even moreso for his post-fight antics.  Hendo’s spectacular knockout victory and brutal follow up sparked a lot of discussion on the internet about the necessity of the shot as well as sportsmanship in MMA in general.  It’s smart to show these two fights because both were hot topics in mainstream sports media circles.  Curious people and those who didn’t see the pay per view may tune in to watch.

For those who did see the pay per view the interest in this show is the chance to see the fights which did not make the original broadcast.  We’ll get to see how Mark Coleman was able to score the upset over Northwest Indiana native Stephan Bonnar, as well as submission victories by Jon Jones and Shannon Gurgerty.  Putting Jones in particular is a good move because he could be the next big thing in the Octagon. Including him will be good exposure for young and exciting 205er.

The decision by the UFC and Spike TV shouldn’t be an issue for Strikeforce.  But since Scott Coker and company have done a poor job of generating a lot hype outside of hardcore MMA fans this could go down as a potential break out opportunity wasted away.  The real complaint here is the fact some of the best fights from UFC 100 will air on cable just a month later.  Those who shelled out the money for the pay per view should be wise to the UFC tactics by now.  If there’s a good card by another MMA organization(which is really only Strikeforce now) then expect a recent UFC to air on Spike TV as an effort to draw viewers away from the competition.

Here’s a good indicator of how successful Strikeforce is this Saturday:  If we see highlights of the Carano/Santos fight on ESPN Sportscenter we’ll have an idea if Strikeforce is on the consciousness of those who usually only follow UFC.

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