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UFC 100 will air live on UK TV

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FANS of mixed martial arts in the UK have been boosted by the news UFC 100 will definitely air live on July 11.

Speculation has mounted that the event would be screened on Bravo on tape delay following Setanta's collapse last week.

But we can reveal the main card from the Mandalay Bay spectacular will be broadcast in its entirety as it happens.

We understand Virgin 1 is favourite to screen the extravaganza — which looks set to be the biggest event in MMA history.

A source told SunSport: "UFC 100 will definitely air live in the UK and we can guarantee fans it will not be on pay-per-view."

The showpiece sees Brock Lesnar clash with Frank Mir in a heavyweight title unification bout in the main event.

Welterweight star Georges St Pierre also puts his title on the line against rising Brazilian star Thiago Alves, while Britain's biggest MMA fighter Michael Bisping pits his wits against legendary American middleweight Dan Henderson.

In a further boost, our insider claimed SIX TV channels are battling it out for the rights to screen fight cards following Setanta's demise.

ESPN are said to have lodged a huge bid to become the new home of the UFC in the UK and are the frontrunners to seal a long-term contract with the promotion — probably starting with UFC 101 in August.

But they face a challenge from Five, who are keen on bringing MMA to a mainstream audience.

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Post #1   6/30/09 10:34:04AM   

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Good news for people in UK. Related TERRIBLE news for people in Australia, we cannot get it live on paid TV, the channel that does the paperviews have opted to support a "local" Australian boxer who is actually Armenian and are showing his fight instead of 100. They are showing 100 on Monday instead of the usual Sunday afternoon which is absolute BULLSHIT. and you still have to pay!!

looks like ill have to scrounge around teh streams as they get shut down or pay for it on Yahoo and use up heaps of bandwidth

Still cant believe they are "supporting local talent" who is an Armenian before an Australian over a HUGE milestone MMA event with a killer card. It really kills me and Aus fans.

Post #2   6/30/09 11:04:54AM   

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Thank fook!

Post #3   6/30/09 11:57:14AM   

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Nice! also good to hear that virgin1 or channel 5 could possibly screen UFC in the future. I'm glad that it's not turning into a Sky box office event, my interest in boxing took a severe dent when every decent match became a chance to rip off the public.

Post #4   6/30/09 12:22:50PM   

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virgin 1 or five ha a love it i hope this is true. fook sky and there ppv

Post #5   6/30/09 5:23:45PM   

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That's awesome that ESPN is getting in the mix. It's about damned time. Damn UK guys are so lucky they don't have to pay for the UFC on PPV.

Post #6   6/30/09 6:09:15PM   

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Posted by Jimbo

Good news for people in UK. Related TERRIBLE news for people in Australia, we cannot get it live on paid TV, the channel that does the paperviews have opted to support a "local" Australian boxer who is actually Armenian and are showing his fight instead of 100. They are showing 100 on Monday instead of the usual Sunday afternoon which is absolute BULLSHIT. and you still have to pay!!

looks like ill have to scrounge around teh streams as they get shut down or pay for it on Yahoo and use up heaps of bandwidth

Still cant believe they are "supporting local talent" who is an Armenian before an Australian over a HUGE milestone MMA event with a killer card. It really kills me and Aus fans.



make a small donation to mma-tv dude

Post #7   6/30/09 7:38:38PM   

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Anybody heard any more on this? I'm worrying. A lot!

Post #8   7/4/09 9:31:34PM