UFC on FOX 5 prelims to air on FX, Facebook, but not FUEL TV

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

In a move that will certainly please fans, the televised UFC on FOX 5 preliminary card special will be moved from FUEL TV to FX.

In an unexpected but great move, the UFC on FOX 5 prelims will NOT air on FUEL TV, but instead on a much larger and accessible media outlet in FX. Ariel Helwani confirmed this yesterday.

Next month's UFC on FOX 5 prelims will air on FX and Facebook, not FUEL TV.

Prior to this year's three UFC on FOX telecasts, the main prelims have aired on FUEL TV, however, the promotion and network have decided to move them to FX this time around. UFC president Dana White confirmed the switch with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday.

Great great great news. Did I mention it was great? This is surely another sign that FOX and the UFC are making a concerted push to address their less-than-stellar ratings from the last two FOX shows in May and August. It's effectively the same strategy as the PPV cards, only if Joe Rogan and Dana White are yelling at each other, it's to tell you to tune in to a free network TV channel instead of forking over money.

As far as the fights? Six of them will air on FX and then the remaining three will be streamed on Facebook.

FX fights (5 PM ET/2 PM PT): Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson, Michael Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur, Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver, Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez, Yves Edwards vs. John Cholish, Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor

Facebook fights (3:45 PM ET/12:45 PM PT): Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert, Mike Easton vs. Bryan Caraway, Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo

If I have to quibble, it is ridiculous that top 10 BW Mike Easton can't even make FX.

UFC on FOX 6 prelims, which includes fights such as T.J. Grant vs. Matt Wiman and Clay Guida vs. Hatsu Hioki, will also air on FX with "lesser fights" presumably broadcast on Facebook as has been the case for the other FOX cards.

SBN coverage of UFC on Fox 5: Henderson vs. Diaz

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker