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Bader vs. Schafer, Hardonk vs. Barry to Be Broadcast Live on Spike Before UFC 104 PPV

Could UFC 103‘s altruistic experiment of airing some of the undercard bouts on basic cable before the main card be a recurring tradition? According to a press release distributed by Spike TV this afternoon, the UFC will be doing another live prelim show on Spike directly before the UFC 104 pay-per-view on October 24th. Guaranteed for the one-hour commercial-free broadcast will be…

Ryan Bader (9-0, 2-0 UFC) vs. Eric Schafer (11-3-2, 3-2-0 UFC): TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader, who most recently won a unanimous decision over Carmelo Marrero at Condit vs. Kampmann, will try to take another step up the light-heavyweight ladder against tough ground specialist Eric Schafer, who’s coming off back-to-back first-round stoppages of Houston Alexander and Antonio Mendes. Seems like a perfect next step in Bader’s development, as well as an opportunity for Schafer to prove that he’s a legitimate contender.

Antoni Hardonk (8-5, 4-3 UFC) vs. Pat Barry (4-1, 1-1 UFC): It might be win-or-go-home time for these two leg-kick specialists, who will both be trying to bounce back from losses. Hardonk most recently suffered a second-round TKO against Cheick Kongo at UFC 97, while Barry was quickly choked out by Tim Hague at UFC 98. It’s too bad that Barry didn’t take the Hague loss as a sign that he should drop to light-heavy, because Hardonk’s reach advantage is going to be frightening.

Other preliminary bouts could air during the broadcast, if time allows. UFC 104′s compelete lineup is after the jump.

Main Card:
Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (for light-heavyweight title)
Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell (HW)
Gleison Tibau vs. Josh Neer (LW)
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher (LW)
Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (WW)

Preliminary Card:
– Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Barry (HW)
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen (MW)
Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons (MW)
– Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer (LHW)
– Kyle Kingsberry vs. Razak Al-Hassan (LHW)
Stefan Struve vs. Chase Gormley (HW)

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Squirrelnuts- October 12, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Do they mean Kingsbury or did someone invent a new flavour of ice cream?
clutchy hopkins- October 12, 2009 at 8:17 pm
what the fuck, okami and sonnen is a much better scrap than neer and tibau. i can see why the latter in on the main card, but to shove okami and sonnen right off the televised part is awful. i cant wait for that fight
Pestilence- October 12, 2009 at 7:21 pm
Am I the only one to notice Machida and Okami are always in the same fight card?
fightwithpassion- October 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm
good point
Mex- October 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm
I don't think beating a guy who lost to "Da Nsane1" will be much of an indicator of Barry's potential. Also there's getting caught in a submission and there's completely giving up your neck and being choked out by clumsy Tim Hague. He's got a long way to go.
Socal Tot- October 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm
Tyson is on Oprah right now.
FatIrishPirate- October 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm
Stevenson vs it just me, or is any one else yawning about this fight? Fisher is ok, but it seems like Joe is gonna stomp him too quick. But ive been wrong before, just ask the ex-wife
Sheps- October 12, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Barry is in another league in comparison to Hardonk. There is no way Barry would be sent home after this fight, don't be stupid. There is a difference between taking a one way ass whooping and getting caught in a submission.

Barry is headed to the top.
Douchey McDoucherton- October 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm
would much rather see okami-sonnen than tibau-neer
Fedor vs. Bas- October 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm
This is great. I liked that Affliction did it on HDNet, but I didnt get that channel.

Come on DirectTv, give me Versus back!
spermburger- October 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm
I think people would be more inclined to purchase the PPV if they were watching 1 hour of live fights (with obligatory hype & sell) prior to the PPV, instead of the 1 hour crap packages the UFC calls a countdown.
fightwithpassion- October 12, 2009 at 1:49 pm
Nice to see that Okami couldn't even make it on the televised prelim portion of the card.
Ballentine- October 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm
Yes! I really hope they keep this trend going.

Edit: Suck on my balls you FIRST bitches.