Dana White: Three UFC 125 preliminary card bouts will air live and free on Ion Television

UFC President, Dana White has revealed that the promotion has signed a one time deal with Ion Television to air three UFC 125 preliminary card bouts this weekend from Las Vegas, Nevada.

White, speaking via MMAJunkie.com, said:

“The prelims we do air, there’s only supposed to be two. Time-wise, it’s impossible to pull off three if they all go to the distance. I’m going to roll the dice on this thing. Not only are we going to bring the prelims to the fans, but everybody has been hammering me for the Phil Baroni-Brad Tavares fight, so I’m going to do three fights. I’m going to give them that fight, too.”

“I always try to give the fans as much as I can give them. I love being able to give them free fights. That’s always been my goal and my model with this thing since day one. I grew up watching free fights in TV with boxing, and I loved it. I was a huge fan. I always try to give the fans as much as I can.”

“These guys are considered a network. The FCC calls them a network. This is the first time we’ve ever been on network television, and the prelims are going to be aired. It’s a big deal. It’s in over 100 million homes. We’re going to talk to these guys and see what’s up. This might be a regular thing.”

“Listen, it’s a ballsy move to go on network with prelims, but the Ion guys are the real deal. We’re going to see if we can make it happen with them.”

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