Spike TV has announced that they will be rebroadcasting the UFC 86 and UFC 87 pay-per-views in October, leading up to Spike’s live broadcast of UFC 89 on October 18th:
Spike TV will present an â€œOctoberfestâ€ of UFC programming with rebroadcasts of UFC 86 on Saturday, October 4 at 9:00pm ET/PT, featuring a light heavyweight championship bout between Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin, and UFC 87, headlined by Georges St. Pierreâ€™s first defense of the welterweight title in a matchup with Jon Fitch, on Saturday, October 11 at 9:00pm ET/PT. The special telecasts will lead up to Spikeâ€™s presentation of UFC 89 from Birmingham, England on Saturday, October 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT.
The July 4th weekend title fight at UFC 86 between â€œThe Ultimate Fighter 7â€ coaches, UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton â€œRampageâ€ Jackson and top contender Forrest Griffin, featured plenty of fireworks. For the first time on cable, UFC fans will get a chance to witness the five-round war which completed Griffinâ€™s four-year journey from Georgia police officer to UFC champion. The telecast of the entire live fight card will also feature outstanding performances by â€œThe Ultimate Fighterâ€ alums Joe â€œDaddyâ€ Stevenson and Josh Koscheck.
At UFC 87, Georges St. Pierre defended his welterweight title against rising star Jon Fitch, cementing his position as one of the best fighters in the world. However, it was Brock Lesnerâ€™s first dominating performance in the Octagon in front of his hometown Minneapolis fans against veteran Heath Herring that left the crowd abuzz. Unfortunately for the Minnesota faithful, local product and lightweight contender, Roger Huerta, lost a hard-fought decision to Kenny Florian in a battle of two of the lightweight divisionâ€™s elite performers.
Spike TV heads across the Atlantic Ocean for the third time to telecast a UFC fight card, with middleweights â€œThe Ultimate Fighter 3â€ champ Michael Bisping and â€œThe Ultimate Fighter 1â€ standout Chris Leben headlining on Saturday, October 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT (same-day tape delay) from The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. UFC 89 will also include two action-packed co-feature bouts with four of the top contenders in the light heavyweight division. Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva, both undefeated, will square off in the Octagon, with the winner on the cusp of a title shot. â€œThe Ultimate Fighter 2â€ alum Keith Jardine, looking to rebound from a loss to Wanderlai Silva, takes on veteran Brandon â€œThe Truthâ€ Vera, who is 1-0 since moving down in weight class.
The UFC 86 rebroadcast will air opposite of EliteXC: Heat on CBS, which features Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock, Jake Shields vs. Paul Daley, Gina Carano vs. Kelly Kobold, and Benji Radach vs. Murilo â€œNinjaâ€ Rua.