A last-minute deal with Ion TV will see Saturday’s Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares, Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens, and Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier UFC 125 prelims air at 9pm ET on what will technically be the UFC’s network debut.
UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie the broadcast was meant to pay back fans and hinted the 100-million home channel could become a regular broadcast partner, potentially joining the likes of Spike and Versus.
UFC Prelims, a one-hour broadcast featuring a pair of live undercard fights, debuted on Spike in 2009 and continued through 2010 before UFC pay-per-views, while UFC.com aired UFC 124’s prelims earlier this month. The popular series was expected to continue in 2011, but no details have been announced.
The UFC 125 prelims will also air live in Canada on Sportsnet at 9pm ET.
Pictured: Phil Baroni