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UFC 93 to Air for Free on Spike?

MMA Rated is floating the rumor that UFC 93 from Dublin, Ireland will be shown on a delayed free broadcast on Spike TV on January 17. This makes sense when you consider the UFC’s increasingly consistent practice of using UK cards on Spike as a way to pump up forthcoming pay-per-views, such as they’re doing later this month with UFC 89 airing for free from England just a week before UFC 90 in Chicago, which you’re going to have to pay for.

The only thing that might make us wonder if we won’t end up paying $45 for this one is the fact that the main event for 93 is slated to be a light heavyweight clash between Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin. The card is also said to include Mark Coleman and “Shogun” Rua reprising their meeting in Pride, hopefully this time without the freakish injury and ensuing Hammer House-Chute Boxe brawl (Okay, they can brawl again, but only if they have another uncomfortable “apology” backstage afterwards).

Oddly, January 17 is also the date that Affliction was originally rumored to be considering for their second show. That’s before Tom Atencio said they had no date and admitted he wanted no part of any direct competition with the UFC, which is perfectly understandable. A free show of that magnitude on the same night would have really put Affliction in a bind, but as of right now it looks like they’ll squeak in between the free show from Dublin and a January 31 pay-per-view with (God willing) a Georges St. Pierre-BJ Penn superfight main event.

If this all holds true, UFC 93 might be the best UFC event in a very long time to air for free. And yes, I know Spike TV isn’t technically free since it’s on cable, but come on. You have internet access but no cable? Dude, you gotta move out of your mom’s house.

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The Bloc- October 7, 2008 at 11:24 pm
"...a January 31 pay-per-view with (God willing) a Georges St. Pierre-BJ Penn superfight main event."

I thought thi was already announced, why do you say "(God willing)" ? is there some news about one of them not fighting or the fight not happenning that i'm not aware of?
Dagnut- October 7, 2008 at 10:41 pm
People have such short shogun has one bad fight and he's dismissed? b0llox to that i am really looking forward to seeing him back ..henderson v franklin? brilliant..what the fcuk do you want? you want to see fedor feed on another lame heavy weight..your not a fight fan mike you can't be if you don't respect these guys..all legends in the sport and deserving so..well coleman im not to sure
Anonymous- October 7, 2008 at 9:14 pm
mike ur talkin out of ur ass bro, as much as i beleive the ufc doesnt put up enough events and use all the depth of great fighters they have to their advantage you still gotta love the return of shogun and the two americans goin head to franklin vs dan henderson is a dream fight....especially cuz their two bad ass american fighters goin head to head in front of a usually out of control irish crowd its gonna be outrageous, you gotta respect both men and even though hendo is gettin older he is still the man as is rich franklin, not sayin that i favor franklin at 205 but at 185 i think hendo would have a much easier time, franklin is a bigger fighter and at 205 might have some advantages, coleman is a joke i agree but if you watch any of shogun pride highlights he is a fucking machine, the rules are different in the ufc but he is such a good entertainer with constant pressure and intensity, his fight with forrest was discouraging but he will bounce back strong, free or not i would pay to watch hendo vs franklin, you know they wanna bang with eachother and hendo never backs down from a good stand up exchange as well as franklin too....what you boys think? am i wrong with this one?
OH YEA- October 7, 2008 at 7:56 pm
Anonymous- October 7, 2008 at 7:55 pm
1st : Yea i wish there were more crazy ass backstage antics such as the ones mentioned earlier^^,
2nd im not quit sure how anyone can say this (hopefully) free night does not sound absolutely stellar!! So both guys have lost to one of (if not) the Best fighter in the world so now they get them matched up head to head I will go out on a ledge and guarantee you the one speaking earlier about it not being a good fight will be one of the same ones who posts the next day with a complete turn of face as we always see on this site by the brilliant MMA experts who always end up with amnesia after they post. im pretty sure the fact that he mentions he likes the Elite XC and Affliction cards would probably prove thats hes not really that educated when it comes to what to watch. JESUS i'd pretty much rather be watchin TUF then those cards atleast we know the fights arent fixed!!
ADW- October 7, 2008 at 7:31 pm
I can't wait to see Dan henderson kick the shit out of Rich Franklin. I've been waiting for this for a longtime. Franklin can hit pretty hard... but Henderson can take a punch.
Joseph- October 7, 2008 at 7:28 pm
Hendo vs Franklin = Wrestling Clinching Match GUARANTEED!
Billy Bad Ass- October 7, 2008 at 7:17 pm
@ Mike

I agree with you on the Dream statement, as for Affliction and EliteXC. No way. EliteXC is PBR backwash compared to a frosty, tall, cool Heineken that is UFC.

As for Hendo vs Franklin. WAR HENDO! Dude, that fight is going to rock. Rich is an amazing striker (although, yes, he cannot strike Anderson Silva) and Hendo is one of the greatest all-time in the sport, who I believe if he gets another shot could take Silva.
TD- October 7, 2008 at 6:46 pm
Have to agree with Mike re: Coleman. Does anyone really care about watching him fight again? Assuming Shogun comes in in shape it's about as much of a gimme as the UFC is likely to give anyone these days. Hell, Mike's right about Affliction too. If this is how UFC 93 is shaping up my decision is made.
I'll look up Hendo v. Franklin on the 'net later. That a very competitive match and I look forward to it. Hendo by stunning KO in R2!!
Niggajitsu- October 7, 2008 at 6:41 pm
@ Mike
How can you really think that Rich is a boring fighter? He is an amazing striker and just because he can't beat Anderson (not many people can) he is boring? I am going to have to disagree with you. Dan is also an outstanding fighter so I think that matchup will be great. Keep in mind that this event is a few months away so there is plenty of time to add another great fight or two.
Niggajitsu- October 7, 2008 at 6:20 pm
One could only hope that this would be a free event. I'm already excited.
mike- October 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm
most likely free because no one would pay for this crap. rich vs dan wouldve been big a year or 2 ago but now i dont think people care. looks like a boring card to me as is every rich franklin card that i can remember. shogun needs to come in top shape and i doubt he will. coleman is boring as hell and him and baroni are just tools in this sport.

as for affliction i highly doubt they are worried about this card. i had about 20 people jammed in a room going nuts for their last event and im sure we will be getting everyone that has fedor. infact i would buy the event again if it was tim vs fedor 2. i almost spit out my beer during that fight.

so far im enjoying dream, affliction and elitexc events way more then ufc lately. but the ufc does have alot more talent its just a shame they spread them all out with their 20 events each year.
OrMMA- October 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm
wanderlei: "You kicked my face on the ground! you Kicked my face on the ground"

Coleman: "I'm sorry, my fault...i apologize, my fault"

Wanderlei:"You too"

(Rampage appearing from nowhere):"Who me?"

One of the funniest backstage moments up until Crazyhorse got choked out.
JimmyJ- October 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm
I thought the UFC was trying to make all the kids in the 18 - 34 demo save up their lunch money or cut back on a few private BJJ sessions so that they could blow more than their normal monthly PPV allowance on two UFC's, making them unlikely to spend anything on an Affliction show?

Dana White already said that he doesn't think free shows are good competition for PPVs in the world of TiVo and DVRs. But, I'm not complainin' if they want to make it free. I think they need another big fight on the card to make it a PPV, anyway.