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Monday, October 26, 2009

"UFC Main Events" special debuts Nov. 7 on Spike TV, counters Strikeforce event

Going head to head with Strikeforce's CBS debut and its headliner between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV debuts its "UFC Main Events: Couture vs. Nogueira" special on Nov. 7.

Spike TV Vice President of Sports and Specials, Brian J. Diamond.

The two-hour special features four major bouts from 2009, including Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102, that have never previously aired on free television.

The special airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Other bouts featured on the special include Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin from UFC 103, as well as B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian and Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin from UFC 101.

"We always get calls from the UFC about some great programming they want us to air all the time," Diamond said. "And we love it. The fans love it."

The special is the latest counter-programming move for the UFC, which often airs fights (both taped and live) to go head to head with a rival organization's offering. Strikeforce is a frequent target, and the now-defunct Affliction Entertainment also dealt with the UFC's counter-programming.

The same night as "UFC Main Event," Strikeforce holds its first-ever CBS-televised event. The show takes place near Chicago at the Sears Center with Emelianenko vs. Rogers, Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Jake Shields (for the organization's vacant middleweight title) and two other bouts.

Diamond, though, said this latest offering is just one of many in the works.

"We have some more stuff planned that we'll announce in the next few weeks that will take place by the end of the year," he said.

For the latest on "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers," stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of

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