UFC® 140 prelim BOUTS to air live on ion television on december 10 at 7 p.m. et/4 p.m. PT

Dec 5, 2011
(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that four UFC® 140: JONES vs. MACHIDA preliminary fights will air live on the ION Television network on Saturday, Dec. 10 beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

The fights are: Krzysztof Sozynski vs. Igor Pokrajac in a light heavyweight contest; Jared Hamman vs. Costa Phillippou in a middleweight bout; John Makdessi vs. Dennis Hallman in 155-pound action; Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson in a bantamweight bout.

Saturday’s UFC 140 prelims will reach almost 100 million U.S. households, giving UFC fans the opportunity to watch four exciting UFC bouts leading in to the Pay-Per-View event.

“We are excited to give UFC fans four great fights live and free on ION Television this Saturday,” UFC President Dana White said. “We always try to give fans free fights on TV and this is just another example.”

To find the ION Television channel in your area, visit http://www.iontelevision.com/.

UFC®140: JONES vs. MACHIDA, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 10 from Air Canada Centre in Toronto, will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, BellTV, ShawTV, SaskTel,Viewer’s Choice Canada and Canal Indigo for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$54.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.

In the night’s main event, reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defends his crown against former titleholder Lyoto Machida. Plus, heavyweights Frank Mir and Antonio Minotauro Nogueira collide, while former light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz battles Rogerio Nogueira.

For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

About Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® is the world’s premier MMA organization and produces over 12 UFC live Pay-Per-View events annually around the globe. UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. In 2012, FOX will broadcast four fights annually. In spring 2012, The Ultimate Fighter®, UFC’s signature weekly reality TV show, debuts on FX. Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, reaching a half a billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages.

UFC® also boasts a powerful presence online, with UFC.com attracting over seven million unique visitors per month, while also possessing one of the most powerful social media followings in all of professional sports. To date, UFC has over six million fans on Facebook and over 400,000 followers on Twitter. In addition, UFC President Dana White is one of the most accessible and most followed executives in sports with more than 1.7 million followers on Twitter. On January 22, 2011, UFC continued to set trends in social media, becoming the first major sports league to stream live, broadcast quality action on Facebook.

Ancillary businesses include best-selling DVDs, a magazine, the best-selling UFC “Undisputed” videogame franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, and articulated action figures.

About ION Television

ION Television is a leading U.S. general entertainment network, combining high-quality programming and dependable broadcast distribution with an attitude of innovation and growth normally associated with a cable channel. Its "Positively Entertaining" network brand positioning features a formula of proven series, an expansive catalog of blockbuster movies and a commitment to introduce new original programming. Since its recent launch in 2008, ION’s reach has grown to 99 million households and has become one of the top-15 TV rated U.S. networks in record time. For more information, visit www.iontelevision.com.

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