by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Spike TV confirmed that it will air UFC 120, which emanates from the O2 Arena in London, on a tape-delayed basis at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT in the United States. The originally announced start time for U.S. audiences was 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
UFC 120 features the promotion’s top three British stars, including Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, and John Hathaway.
Bisping (19-3) is riding high after a win over Dan Miller in May. He squares off with Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-2), who is trying to bounce back from a recent loss to Chris Leben at UFC 116. Bisping vs. Akiyama will serve as the evening’s main event.
Hardy (23-7) is rebounding from a failed attempt to wrest the UFC welterweight championship from Georges St-Pierre in March. He is still one of the most popular fighters in Britain and will carry the support of his country with him into the co-main event against Carlos Condit.
Condit (25-5) is a former WEC welterweight champion, holding that belt until his weight category was merged into the UFC. He stumbled in his Octagon debut, falling to now-middleweight contender Martin Kampmann, but is currently on a two-fight winning streak.
Hathaway (14-0) flew under the radar into the UFC’s lightweight ranks, emerging into the spotlight with his UFC 114 victory over Diego Sanchez. Pyle (19-7-1), his opponent, has been on a bumpy path in the Octagon, going 2-2 since his debut at UFC 98.
The Spike telecast will open with a welterweight battle between “The Ultimate Fighter 9″ winner James Wilks (8-3) and Canadian Claude Patrick (12-1). Wilks, who defeated DaMarques Johnson last June in “The Ultimate Fighter 9″ finale, most recently defeated Peter Sobotta at UFC 115 in June. His opponent, Patrick, fighting out of Toronto, was victorious in his recent Octagon debut, defeating Ricardo Funch via submission at UFC 115 in June.
Also on the fight card, a heavyweight showdown between Paris, France, native Cheick Kongo (25-6-1) and undefeated Travis Browne (10-0). Kongo is returning to the arena where he enjoyed his finest moment in the Octagon, a decision victory over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 75. Kongo recently scored an impressive win over Paul Buentello in March. A native of Hawaii, the imposing six-foot-seven-inch Travis Browne won his UFC debut in June over James McSweeney with a first round TKO.
Other bouts that might air depending upon available time are Cyrille Diabate (17-6-3) vs. Alexander Gustafson (9-1) and Stanislav Nedkov (11-0) vs. Steve Cantwell (7-3).
(UPDATED / 6:45 a.m. PT on Oct. 14 to reflect new start time of 8:00 p.m. ET/PT)