UFC 130 Continues Facebook Trend, All Non-Televised Prelims Will Stream on Social Networking Site

May 17, 2011
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For the second straight event, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will air its entire fight card in one medium or another.

After announcing two UFC 130 preliminary bouts on Spike TV, in addition to the five main card bouts on pay-per-view already announced, the UFC confirmed that the three remaining preliminary bouts would stream live on its Facebook page.

The Facebook stream includes a lightweight contest between Bart Palaszewski and Gleison Tibau, as well as two bantamweight bouts pitting Michael McDonald against Chris Cariaso and Renan Barao against Cole Escovedo.

The promotion’s first foray into offering video of all the fights on a card was with its milestone event in Toronto. UFC president Dana White later noted that he was pleased with the results and indicated they would likely continue the trend.

The UFC began streaming preliminary bouts on Facebook earlier this year, but UFC 129 was the first time all the non-televised preliminary bouts were streamed on the popular social networking site. To gain access, users navigate to Facebook.com/UFC, “Like” the page, and click on Live Video.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson battles Matt Hamill in the UFC 130 pay-per-view main event on May 28 in Las Vegas.

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