Spike TV Counter-Programs Eddie Alvarez’s UFC Debut with Eddie Alvarez

September 22, 2014
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Eddie AlvarezUFC president Dana White is adamant that he has no beef with Bellator, new Bellator president Scott Coker, or Spike TV. But as much as he might be trying to play nice, the Viacom owned properties aren’t exactly returning the favor.

Bellator released long disgruntled lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez from any contractual obligation earlier this year. He immediately signed a new contract with the UFC, who lined him up in Saturday’s UFC 178 co-main event opposite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on pay-per-view.

SEE ALSO: UFC Signs Eddie Alvarez, Matches Him Against Donald Cerrone

Spike TV on Monday answered the UFC’s booking of Eddie Alvarez on pay-per-view by counter-programming Bellator’s former champion with a night of his greatest Bellator fights.

“MMA fans can sit back enjoy Eddie Alvarez’s two most memorable bouts against Michael Chandler for free on Spike TV on Saturday, September 27 at 10:00pm ET/PT,” Spike TV offered in a press release. “The 90-minute ‘Eddie Alvarez: Free on Spike‘ special will kick-off with his first bout with Michael Chandler at Bellator 58, regarded by many as  the ‘Fight of The Year’ in 2011.  Then, your night of free Eddie Alvarez continues with his rematch with Michael Chandler from Bellator 106 from November, 2013, where Eddie regained the title in a dramatic 5-round decision.”

The UFC 178 main card, which also begins at 10 p.m. ET, features flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson putting his belt on the line against Chris Cariaso, the Cerrone vs. Alvarez co-main event, Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier, Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero, and Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes.

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  • Darin

    Brilliant! Why would I watch Alvarez fighting live in the UFC against Cowboy, when I can watch replays of old fights that I’ve already seen? This will cripple the UFC.

    Why not counter program the Super Bowl with……. the Super Bowl from 4 years ago?

    • dgs

      Just because YOU’VE seen the fights doesn’t mean everyone else has. Plus, in today’s economy, nothing beats free, and when last I checked, UFC PPV’s are hardly free. So for many people, like myself who haven’t seen either of the Alvarez Vs Chandler fights, and who won’t pay a dime to watch a UFC PPV, this is a win win.

      Support Bellator, do not let the UFC continue to be the only big game in town!

      • MrMMA

        So, rather than pay a low cost of $50 or so to see the live fight with other good fights as well on the card, you’re going to watch his old fights from Bellator on Spike. You do realize you can find most, if not all, of those fights on YouTube or other sites. You can watch those any time you want. And, given that we’re discussing Spike TV, I’m more than certain that show will be re-aired many times over. Just sayin…

      • TheCerealKiller

        Invite 4 friends over, it gets really cheap quick.

  • RubeKegal@yahoo.com

    Bellator would have been better off if they offered Scott Coker doing topless jumping jacks

  • uncle

    This fight with Cowboy will show us is he a contender or pretender.

    • Johnny

      FOSHO. Like I keep saying, tough draw for your first UFC fight, haha!

  • Bobby D

    Dumbest counter programming in the history of counter programming. So they will put on 2 of the Best Eddie Alvarez fights right before he fights right…Guess what people who have not seen him fight live will do after watching the first Chandler fight? BUY THE PPV to see if what they saw is true. The person at bellator or spike who thought of this should be fined for stupidity.