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Spike TV prelims N/A at UFC 113, back for 114 with Amir v Stun Gun

A bummer about 113, but you can see why they'd rather do the prelims from 114 if they only have a limited number.

Spike TV won't air a "UFC Prelims" broadcast for next month's UFC 113 event, but the one-hour pay-per-view teaser will return for UFC 114, a source close to the organization today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Spike TV and the UFC and have a contract that calls for 10 specials in 2010, so to assure some available spots later this year, officials opted to skip UFC 113, which takes place May 8 at Montreal's Bell Centre.

However, "UFC Prelims" returns for UFC 114 on May 29, and preliminary-card bouts of "The Ultimate Fighter 7" winner Amir Sadollah vs. Dong Hyun Kim and "TUF 8" winner Efrain Escudero vs. Dan Lauzon are expected to be featured.

UFC 114 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The "UFC Prelims" special will precede a pay-per-view card that features co-headliner of Rashad Evans vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Forrest Griffin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

The UFC and Spike TV first offered a PPV teaser broadcast, which were later dubbed "UFC Prelims," for UFC 103, when the UFC went head-to-head with a boxing PPV broadcast featuring Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez. The specials proved effective enough at generating last-minute PPV buys that officials from the UFC and the organization's longtime cable partner decided to make them a regular offering.

Six "UFC Prelims" specials have aired since UFC 103, and they've drawn from 1.2 million viewers (UFC 111) to 1.7 million viewers (UFC 109). They consistently score well in the UFC and Spike TV's targeted demographics.

Sources close to the negotiations told MMAjunkie.com that the number of "UFC Prelims" specials could from increase in 2010 and become regular offerings prior to most, if not all, PPV broadcasts. Spike TV traditionally likes to feature fighters who competed on the "TUF" reality series or frequently compete on UFC Fight Night 20 cards since they're familiar with the cable station's viewers.

At UFC 114, Sadollah (3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) faces perhaps his stiffest test yet when meets undefeated welterweight undefeated Kim (12-0-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who recently scored a decision victory over T.J. Grant. Since an upset to Johny Hendricks in August, Sadollah has posted decision wins over Phil Baroni and Brad Blackburn.

Meanwhile, Escudero (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) suffered his first career loss when Evan Dunham submitted him in January at UFC Fight Night 20. He now meets fellow lightweight Lauzon (12-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC), who recently dropped a submission defeat to Cole Miller and now tries to get his first UFC win for a third time.

The full UFC 114 card includes:


* Rashad Evans vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
* Forrest Griffin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
* Michael Bisping vs. Dan Miller
* Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow
* John Hathaway vs. Diego Sanchez


* Dong Hyun Kim vs. Amir Sadollah
* Efrain Escudero vs. Dan Lauzon

PRELIMINARY CARD (Not televised)

* Melvin Guillard vs. Thiago Tavares
* Luiz Cane vs. Cyrille Diabate
* Joe Brammer vs. Aaron Riley
* Jesse Forbes vs. Ryan Jensen

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UFC 114 prelims on Spike TV with Escudero vs Lauzon and Kim vs Sadollah for May 29

by Jesse Holland on Apr 13, 2010 2:45 PM EDT

Spike TV will once again air a portion of a UFC fight card on its network prior to a major pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast, as fight fans will be treated to one hour of uninterrupted mixed martial arts competition on the UFC 114: "Rampage vs. Evans" undercard on Saturday, May 29.
Currently booked for "UFC Prelims" is a lightweight showdown between Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 champion Efrain "Hencho en Mexico" Escudero taking on "The Upgrade" Dan Lauzon.
Following them will be a 170-pound clash of styles when another TUF alum, Amir Sadollah, tests his worth against the dangerous Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim.
For longevity's sake, hopefully the televised prelims for UFC 114 will outperform the televised portion of UFC 111 and the 1.2 million viewers it garnered -- an all-time low for the series since its 2009 debut.
UFC 114 will run in conjunction with this year's Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and feature a 205-pound grudge match between former light heavyweight champions and Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 coaches "Sugar" Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Also slated for the main card will be another former light heavyweight champion and TUF coach in Forrest Griffin, who tries to quell the recent uprising of former PRIDE star Antonio Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira.
Here is the current "Rampage vs. Evans" line up:

Main event:

205 lbs.: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. "Sugar" Rashad Evans

Main card (Televised):

205 lbs.: Forrest Griffin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
185 lbs.: Michael Bisping vs. Dan Miller
170 lbs.: John Hathaway vs. Diego Sanchez
265 lbs.: Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow
Under card (May not be broadcast):
155 lbs.: Melvin Guillard vs. Thiago Tavares
170 lbs.: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Amir Sadollah
155 lbs.: Joe Brammer vs. Aaron Riley
155 lbs.: Efrain Escudero vs. Dan Lauzon
205 lbs.: Luiz Cane vs. Cyrille Diabate
185 lbs.: Jesse Forbes vs. Ryan Jensen​

Good Card....:thumb02:

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IMO Amir shouldnt be on the prelims. He is main card talent...
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