by MMAWeekly.com Staff
UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin, slated for July 3 in Las Vegas, features one of the biggest main events in the promotion’s history. Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim titleholder Shane Carwin will lock horns to unify their belts.
As has become standard operating procedure for most U.S. based UFC pay-per-view events, UFC 116 will have a lead-in show on Spike TV. “UFC 116 Prelims Live” will air at least two preliminary fights.
MMAWeekly.com sources indicated that the two bouts to be telecast live on Spike are a heavyweight showdown pitting Brendan Schaub against Chris Tuchscherer and a middleweight contest featuring Kendall Grove versus Goran Reljic.
As is the norm for most of the live prelim fights telecast on Spike TV, each of the bouts features a former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor. Schaub made it all the way to the Season 10 finals before losing to Roy Nelson, while Grove bested Ed Herman in the Season 3 finale to win the middleweight competition that season.
The Spike TV telecasts of live UFC preliminary bouts has averaged more than 1.4 viewers per telecast since its inception with UFC 103.