ION Television to air UFC 140 Prelims
November 29, 2011
Heavy.com is reporting that ION Television will run the prelims for UFC 140 on December 10th. Spike TV will carry the prelims for UFC 141 on December 30th in what will be the last UFC live televised event on the network.
The UFC aired its prelims for UFC 125 and 127 in January and February 2011 respectively. The prelims on ION had the lowest viewership out of all of the UFC Prelims. The prelims, airing on Spike TV, for UFC 136, 137 and 139 have suffered from low ratings.
Its a little odd to move the prelims for UFC 140 to ION and then back to Spike TV for UFC 141. Its not clear if there was a programming conflict or by choice but it creates an issue for the casual fan. Of course, fans will need to check their local listings when the prelims for UFC 142 airs on FX or Fuel TV. With the switch to Fox in 2012, UFC Prelims will air on three different networks for three straight cards. Certainly, UFC will hope that the programming will stabilize once it moves to the Fox family.
UPDATE: It looks like that Spike TV will be airing the Video Game Awards on December 10th which is the reason for the UFC’s move to ION.