In just a few days time the last big UFC event of the year, UFC 141: Lesnar Vs Overeem takes place in Las Vegas and it’s worth stressing that it’s not airing at it’s usual time.
For starters the show goes down on Friday, December 30th which is bound to cause some confusion amongst fans who have been accustomed to it’s regular Saturday slot. This is just a one-off switch however in order to avoid clashing with people’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
That’s not all though – UFC 141 will also air an hour later than it has recently, with the main card beginning at 10pm Eastern Time (3am UK) and that’s something that’s going to continue to be the case from now on.
It is in fact the same time that the UFC aired their events for many years, but earlier in 2011 they switched to an earlier 9pm ET time slot as an experiment to see if it would improve PPV buys. It’s hard to guage as the buy rates have in fact dipped since then, but that could also be put down to the remarkable statistic that 11 of the last 13 UFC main events have had to be altered due to injuries.
Nevertheless, also taking on board comments from fans the powers at be at UFC HQ decided that it was best to move back to their old timeslot.
Finally, for the last time ever the preliminary fights will air live on Facebook, with a further two appearing on Spike TV prior to the main card. From 2012 onwards this portion of the card will be reserved primarily for Fuel TV with FX occasionally also featuring ‘Prelim Specials’.