Spike TV Sets ‘Prelims Live’ Lineups for UFC 133, 134
Thiago Tavares (above) will tangle with Spencer Fisher on live
TV. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Spike TV will broadcast hour-long “UFC Prelims Live” specials for
both of the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
’s August pay-per-view
Officials from the cable channel announced Monday that the
undercard special for UFC
133 “Evans vs. Davis” will feature a 145-pound contest pitting
unbeaten wrestler Chad Mendes
against Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Rani Yahya,
as well as a 205-pound tilt between European imports Vladimir
Matyushenko and Alexander
UFC 133 takes place Aug. 6 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia
and is scheduled to be headlined by returning ex-UFC light
heavyweight champ Rashad
Evans, who will look to hand up-and-comer Phil Davis
his first defeat. The evening’s co-main event will see former UFC
middleweight titleholder Rich
Franklin continue his 205-pound campaign against former Pride
Fighting Championships star Antonio
Meanwhile, MMAJunkie.com reported Monday that Spike will air bouts
featuring lightweights Spencer
Fisher and Thiago
Tavares, and welterweights Paulo
Thiago and David
Mitchell prior to Aug. 27’s UFC
134. That event will emanate from HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro
and will be topped by UFC middleweight champion Anderson
Silva’s title rematch with top contender Yushin
UFC 134 will mark Spike’s eighth “Prelims Live” special of 2011,
with a further four expected before the end of the year.
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