MMA fans are in for a rare treat, when UFC 129 begins on April 30. Ten days before UFC 129, officials of the top full-contact fighting promotion in the world announced they would be streaming all preliminary bouts on the MMA fight card (that won’t be broadcast on Spike TV) on Facebook. UFC President Dana White has increasingly used social media sites as one of their marketing tools, but this is the promotions biggest move so far with Facebook.
UFC 129 will be held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. The main event at UFC 129 will be a title fight between Caesar Gracie disciple Jake Shields, and current welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. UFC 129 also features what should be the last fight of MMA legend Randy Couture’s career. Couture has already indicated he will be walking away from the sport of MMA after his fight with Lyoto Machida. Given the fact the MMA legend is almost 48 years old right now, most expect his exit to be permanent this time around.
The promotion’s decision to give fans the opportunity to enjoy seven MMA fights for free at UFC 129, is a welcomed surprise for hardcore followers of the sport, who enjoy watching lesser known fighters as much as the big names.
Hopefully, the UFC will keep this up and continue to give MMA fans the chance to enjoy all the bouts on their fight cards. Every now and then, I find myself frustrated with the fact I won’t get to watch a match on a UFC fight card, simply because it’s a preliminary bout.
UFC 129 preliminary fights will stream live on Facebook, starting at 3 p.m. ET on April 30. The Facebook stream will immediately be followed by Spike TV’s live broadcast of Nate Diaz vs. Rory McDonald, and Sean Pierson vs. Jake Ellenberger. Spike’s “UFC Prelims Live” broadcast will be followed by the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 129, an event that features two of the pound-for-pound best MMA fighters in the world.