UFC to stream five UFC 131 fights free on youtube

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

In addition to streaming on Facebook, the first five preliminary-card bouts from Saturday’s UFC 131 card also will stream for free on YouTube.

Sources told MMAjunkie.com the organization simply wanted to widen its audience, reach non-Facebook users, and provide another platform that’s very mobile-device-friendly.

YouTube never previously has streamed UFC events, but back in April, the video-sharing giant announced its intention to stream live concerts, interviews and sporting events. The UFC is one of the first sports organization to take advantage of the technology.

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Free YouTube streams begin at 5:50 p.m. ET
    Mike Massenzio vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
    James Head vs. Nick Ring
    Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young
    Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa
    Darren Elkins vs. Michihiro Omigawa

Spike TV UFC Prelims begin at 8 p.m. ET
    Yves Edwards vs. Sam Stout
    Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Weidman

PPV main card begins at 9 p.m. ET
    Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin
    Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
    Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman
    Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
    Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha