UFC, Spike TV To Counter Fedor vs. Werdum Fight on June 26

Jesse MotiffSenior Analyst IJune 7, 2010

MONTREAL- MAY 8: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua (L) looks at Lyoto Machida in their light heavyweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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The UFC and Spike TV are once again teaming up to air a recent pay-per-view show.

The network will show UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2 on June 26, the same night as the Strikeforce show that features Fabricio Werdum fighting Fedor Emelianenko.

Showtime will air Strikeforce fights that will also feature the return of the female middleweight champion, Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, as she takes on top contender Jan Finney. Also featured on the card will be a match-up between Cung Le and Scott Smith, as well as Josh Thomson facing Pat Healy.

Fights from UFC 113 that will air on Spike TV include:

Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua        

Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione

Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens

Joe Doerksen vs. Tom Lawlor

Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet

Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher

It's hard to imagine Strikeforce, even though their card will feature the top male and female fighters in the world, drawing a higher rating than a UFC show that took place in which everyone knows the results.

That speaks to the drawing power of the UFC and lack of mainstream coverage for Strikeforce.

Most fans are likely to tape one of the shows and watch the other live.

Which fights will you tune into on June 26, a live Strikeforce show featuring Fedor or a taped UFC show featuring a title change in the light-heavyweight division?


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