Continuing a recent trend, the UFC will offer live preliminary bouts to fans for free when the promotion rolls into Newark, New Jersey on March 18 for UFC 128. The four fights will be split between a streaming feed on Facebook and Spike TV as means of a lead-in for the PPV featuring Jon Jones’ attempt at claiming Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s light heavyweight belt.
According to an official statement from the UFC, a quartet of fantastic grapplers will start things off online at 8:00 PM EST in the form of Jersey native Kurt Pellegrino’s lightweight affair with American Top Team’s Gleison Tibau with welterweights Mike Pyle and Ricardo Almeida, who is also rooted in the area, putting their submission skills on display shortly thereafter.
The action will then head to Spike at 9:00 PM EST with WEC veteran Anthony Njokuani’s bout with undefeated Brazilian Edson Barboza opening things up and two familiar faces who haven’t been seen in awhile, Eliot Marshall and Luiz Cane, mixing it up at light heavyweight as the final fight before fans settle in for the PPV portion of the card.
In addition to the aforementioned match-ups UFC 128 will also feature the Octagon debut of fan-favorite Urijah Faber, who takes on always-tough Eddie Wineland, in addition to PRIDE icon Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic facing TUF 10 finalist Brendan Schaub, former contender Nate Marquardt trying to de-sexy Yoshishiro Akiyama, and more!