UFC 85 Not on Spike TV (Updated)


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Update 1:32 PM ET: It turns out the UFC 85 will not be on Spike TV after all. Five Ounces of Pain has learned that the event was never switched to a Spike telecast and that it was nothing more than an error on the UFC’s website. The UFC has since fixed the error.

Just days after former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell was forced out of his UFC 85 bout against Rashad Evans, it seems that Dana White and company have come to an agreement to televise the event on Spike TV instead of pay-per-view.

According to the UFC’s official website, the event is now listed as a Spike TV event, scheduled to air live on the East Coast (USA) starting at 3 PM EST. It will be shown via tape delay in the West. Those in Canada will likely have to purchase the event on PPV according to the list of network carriers.

The event will be the first UFC PPV event to be shown on cable television here in the United States since UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion back in September of last year. It will also mark the third time that the UFC has done this with an international event.

Even though it has yet to be confirmed or officially announced, the event is expected to be headlined between England native Michael Bisping and controversial cast member of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Chris Leben. James Irvin has also been signed to replaced Liddell against Evans.

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