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When the WWE leaves for the USA Network starting on October 3rd, the UFC will be taking their place on Spike TV. The UFC will begin with a live show that will air at 9pm, which in a way will restart the Monday Night War. Only this time it won’t be against WCW.
With the WWE storylines being pretty stale right now, I’m sure that most viewers will be looking for something else to fill the usual weekly wrestling time slot. And why not something like real fights? I’ll be tuning in that’s for sure.
Another program that Spike TV will be adding to their schedule two days before “the war” starts again is TNA Impact. This one hour wrestling show will start on Saturday, October 1st at 11pm. This is one more reason to drop the WWE shows until they get better.
Here’s the matches currently scheduled for UFC’s October 3rd show.
* Evan Tanner vs. David Loiseau
* Stephan Bonnar vs. James Irvin
* Josh Koscheck vs. Drew Fickett
* Chris Leben vs. Edwin Dewees
* Thiago Alves vs. Spencer Fisher
* Brandon Vera vs. Fabiano Scherner
* Brock Larson vs. John Fitch
* Johnathon Guillet vs. Jay Hieron
UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night aired last Saturday on Spike TV. The event was 2 hours long with eight total fights. Here’s my thoughts on the show.
Pete Spratt vs. Josh Koscheck — In the first bout Koscheck quickly got to and hung on to Spratt’s back while he was standing. After about 45 seconds of waiting for the opening Koscheck was able to get the win via submission with a rear naked choke.
Nate Quarry vs. Pete Sell — A super quick one here with a knockout in 14 seconds. Quarry hit Sell with a left punch that sent him to the ground. One more punch later and Quarry was victorious. Some of the audience was booing the ending and I did feel that it was stopped a little too early. But, nonetheless, Nate Quarry still gets the win.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Sam Hoger — The very first kick that Hoger threw was caught by Bonnar which lead to a take down. Later in the first round Bonnar escaped an armbar and at the end of the first was coming out swinging. In the second round Hoger was able to switch his position quite a few times. An armbar by Hoger was reversed into a full mount by Bonnar. The final round showed lots of weak offense by both fighters. I noticed a position for Bonnar that he could have used to rain down some elbows, but he didn’t. Bonnar ended up winning by decision.
Patrick Cote vs. Chris Leben — An all standing first round was very even by the end with neither getting an upper hand. More of the same was in the second round, but at the end Leben was hit by a punch that floored him. In round three Leben was the main aggressor on the ground and won the fight via split decision.
Gideon Ray vs. Mike Swick — Living up to his new nickname, Mike “Quick” Swick defeated Gideon Ray via KO with punches in 22 seconds.
Main Event: Ivan Salaverry vs. Nathan Marquardt — After a disappointing full three rounds of uneventful standing and ground action, Marquardt won via decision. Nothing really to say about this fight except for that the crowd was booing about four times during it.
Other than the terrible main event (reminds me of WCW) the rest of the card was not great, but at least was pretty decent. I felt that the best fight was the 22 second win for Mike Swick over Gideon Ray.