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"UFC 103 Countdown: Franklin vs. Belfort" Debuts September 14th

Spike TV has just announced that “UFC 103 Countdown: Franklin vs. Belfort” will debut on September 14th at 6PM ET/PT. UFC 103 takes place September 19th inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Former middleweight king Rich Franklin will be rolling out the welcome-back wagon for former UFC light heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort as the two will meet in a 195-pound catchweight bout.

In addition, for the first time on a U.S. pay-per-view event, the UFC and Spike TV will broadcast a 60-minute lead-in show where they will televise two live preliminary bouts starting at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

Here are the fighters slated be be fighting in the night’s event:

Preliminary Bouts:

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rob Emerson
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Igor Pokrajac
Eliot Marshall vs. Jason Brilz
Brian Foster vs. Paul Daley
Jim Miller vs. Thiago Tavares

Preliminary Bouts On Spike TV (9PM ET/6PM PT):

Drew McFedries and Tomasz Drawl
Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller

Main Bouts On PPV (10PM ET/7PM PT):

Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin
Frank Trigg vs. Josh Koshcheck
Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann
Junior dos Santos vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort (195-pound Catchweight Bout)