Spike TV to Carry UFC 120 on Tape Delay


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
Spike TV will air UFC 120 “Bisping vs. Akiyama” via same-day tape delay at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Oct. 16 from the O2 Arena in London.

A middleweight showdown between “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama will headline the event, along with a pivotal welterweight matchup between the world-ranked Dan Hardy and former World Extreme Cagefighting titleholder Carlos Condit.

Anchored at the Wolfslair Academy, Bisping has won two of his past three fights. The 31-year-old Englishman last appeared at UFC 114 in May, when he notched a unanimous decision against former International Fight League middleweight champion Dan Miller. Bisping has secured more than half (12) of his 19 career wins by knockout or technical knockout and has been finished only once -- by former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Dan Henderson -- in his 22-fight professional career. He remains undefeated (15-0) on British soil.

Akiyama finds himself on the rebound after he submitted to a triangle choke from Chris Leben at UFC 116 earlier this month; it was his first loss in more than five years. The 34-year-old Judo black belt holds notable wins against surging middleweight contender Alan Belcher, 2006 Pride welterweight grand prix finalist Denis Kang and former heavyweight boxing champion Francois Botha.

A Team Rough House product, Hardy has not competed since he dropped a one-sided unanimous decision to welterweight king Georges St. Pierre at UFC 111 in March; the defeat snapped his seven-fight winning streak. The 28-year-old was a two-division Cage Warriors titleholder and counts victories against Akihiro Gono, Marcus Davis and American Kickboxing Academy standout Mike Swick among his 23 career conquests. In 31 professional appearances, Hardy has never been knocked out.

Condit returns to the cage for the first time since his stirring come-from-behind victory against the previously unbeaten Rory MacDonald at UFC 115 in June. The 26-year-old Albuquerque, N.M., native has rattled off 10 wins in 11 fights, a split decision defeat to the world-ranked Martin Kampmann the only hiccup. Condit has delivered 24 of his 25 wins by KO, TKO or submission.

The Spike TV telecast will also feature a welterweight duel pitting the unbeaten John Hathaway against Mike Pyle, a heavyweight tilt pairing Cheick Kongo with the undefeated Travis Browne and another welterweight matchup between “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 winner James Wilks and surging Canadian Claude Patrick.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 5 days ago
  • 24 views

As a reminder, if you missed Bellator MMA’s recent pay-per-view debut, you can watch a replay tonight on Spike TV.Filed under: Bellator, News more

  • 27 days ago
  • 29 views

The numbers are in for GLORY 17 from this past weekend's event (June 21, 2014) in Inglewood, California, inside The Forum. With 483,000 viewers and a peak viewership of 862,000, the fight card became the fourth-highest rated show in the promotion's seven-show televised history on Spike TV. The ratings are in for GLORY 17. The kickboxing promotion's seventh show on Spike TV saw 483,000 viewers tune in see Gabriel Varga win the featherweight "Contender" tournament and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic def more

  • 28 days ago
  • 22 views

If you missed Bellator MMA’s recent pay-per-view debut, you can watch a replay next month on Spike TV.Filed under: Bellator, News more

  • 27 days ago
  • 52 views

While in Japan on Thursday, Dana White announced a partnership with Vale Tudo Japan for a television show in some ways similar to The Ultimate Fighter, but with a few different tweaks, including a 30-week season and a round-robin style format. Everyone knows the UFC's battle plan when it comes to a new market. The idea is to get an Ultimate Fighter reality show on a strong television outlet, and audiences get to know the fighters, see them fight, and the best ones become television stars that ca more

  • 27 days ago
  • 148 views

UFC and the crew behind Vale Tudo Japan and Shooto are cooperating to produce two tournaments for a Japanese TV show that will have the winners join the UFC ranks. During a press conference in Tokyo, Dana White announced that they will be partnering up with a local promotion in Vale Tudo Japan to help build stars and improve their roster of Japanese fighters. The two promotions will cooperate to produce a TV show in Japan that will have tournaments in both bantamweight and featherweight division more

  • 27 days ago
  • 31 views

Whenever Cub Swanson fights, there's a chance for an explosive finish. He won't have to hunt down his opponent on Saturday night, as Jeremy "Lil Heathen" Stephens is never one to back down from a brawl. Swanson has made it clear: He believes he deserves a shot at the title. He has already faced and been knocked out by current champion Jose Aldo, but that was in 2009 when both were in WEC. He wants his crack at the title soon, but Stephens stands in his way. 'Lil Heathen has been up and down over more

  • 27 days ago
  • 24 views

The UFC and Vale Tudo Japan/Shooto, a trailblazing and veteran MMA promotion based in Japan, have formed a partnership that includes a new television series.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 27 days ago
  • 51 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has signed a groundbreaking deal with VTJ to promote and operate a new tournament series in Japan, which expected to premiere later this year. more

  • 25 days ago
  • 52 views

Sounds like Montreal mixed martial arts fans will have to wait a little longer for the UFC's return to the Bell Centre. Tom Wright, the managing director for UFC operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, said at the UFC Fight Night 43 post-fight press conference that the promotion will "most likely" move the scheduled Dec. 6 pay-per-view event in Montreal to March 2015. No specific date was announced and Wright didn't provide a reason for the decision. The UFC hasn't held an event in Mont more