It was earlier reported that the UFC 125: Resolution preliminary bouts would not be airing on Spike TV or via online stream, which has become custom for the UFC. It was announced today via press release that selected UFC 125 prelims would still be making their way to the viewing public and that they will air on network television channel ION Television.
“I am excited for our fans because I’ve been looking for ways to broadcast UFC prelims free and to as many homes as possible,” UFC president Dana White said in the press release. “ION is the largest broadcast television station group in the U.S. and this deal will put the UFC prelims in almost 100 million homes.”
The preliminary card broadcast will begin at 8:55pm ET/5:55pm PT and will feature three preliminary card match ups: a middleweight tilt between Phil Baroni (who campaigned through The Underground to have his bout televised) and Brad Tavares, a featherweight bout between Josh Grispi (who was originally scheduled to fight for Jose Aldo’s UFC featherweight title before Aldo was forced to withdraw with a neck injury) and Dustin Poirier, and what will likely be a lightweight barnburner between Marcus Davis and Jeremy Stephens.
The full UFC 125 card reads as follows:
-Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard – for the UFC lightweight championship
-Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
-Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva
-Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
-Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi
Preliminary Card (Ion TV)
-Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens
-Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier
-Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares
-Mike Brown vs. Diego Nunes
-Daniel Roberts vs. Greg Soto
-Jacob Volkmann vs. Antonio McKee