(Hold on to your asses: Jason “Coked Out Steve Carell” Reinhardt vows to make it chaotic for Tiequan Zhang. Props: YouTube.com/UFC)
Directly before this Saturday’s pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch, you’ll be able to watch five of the event’s seven prelim fights absolutely free of charge — assuming you use Facebook and your cable package includes the ION network. The action begins at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on Facebook.com/UFC, which will feature a live stream of Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge and Jason Reinhardt vs. Tiequan Zhang.
At this point, the only bouts that won’t be guaranteed TV time are Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer and Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton — and since either of those fights could end in a short, violent stoppage, you may see them pop up in the pay-per-view broadcast. The complete lineup of UFC 127 is after the jump.
Ion TV: Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher [LW]
Ion TV: James Te-Huna vs. Alexander Gustafsson [LHW]
Ion TV: Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda [MW]
Facebook.com/UFC: Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge [LHW]
Facebook.com/UFC:Zhang Tie Quan vs. Jason Reinhardt [FW]
Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer [HW]
Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton [LW]
Note: The local start time for UFC 127 will be 11 a.m. on February 27th in Sydney, Australia. That’s still Saturday night in North America, so don’t get confused.