Today is November 5th and beginning at approximately 1:40 p.m. ET, UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz kicks off from the LG Arena in Birmingham, England, UK. The event is headlined by a middleweight non-title fight between UFC middleweight contenders Chris Leben and Mark Munoz. This is the first non-title UFC main event scheduled for five, five-minute rounds.
MMA Nation has compiled a full list of ways you can watch this event no matter your viewing preference. But let's breakdown our options based on each portion of the card.
For today's portion of the preliminary card, viewing is available in only one place. The first four bouts of the night will air for free on the UFC's Facebook page. As we stated previously, the card begins at 1:40 p.m. ET. All you has to do is "Like" the UFC's Facebook page and you can watch that portion of the preliminary card for free.
You may also go to UFC.TV to purchase and view this event. The UFC has a dedicated page on how to watch their pay-per-view events.
For those who are iPhone or iPad users, you can purchase the event to watch by using the UFC app from the iTunes app store. The app itself is a mere $.99 while the pay-per-view is still $44.99. I have no idea if watching a UFC event on a phone is the best of all options, but the option does exist.
Beginning at 8 p.m. ET, Spike TV will air the main card fights. Depending on timing, they could show more from the previously aired fights on Facebook. Here's the catch: the event starts at 3 p.m. ET. Spike TV is electing to air them later tonight for reasons that are not entirely clear to me. They'll also present their 8 p.m. ET broadcast as 'live' when it most certainly is not.
If you happen to own a Roku set-top box, you can view the pay-per-view portion of the card for UFC events live.
At A Bar
Remember, the event takes place at 3 p.m. ET, but will air on Spike TV at 8 p.m. That means you'll likely still be able to watch the event at a bar if you're still interested.
The UFC provides a exhaustive, searchable database of bars that carry their events. It's sorted by geography. Go to bars.ufc.com. From there you can enter your zip code to find those bars carrying tonight's fights closest to you. The results will even pull up the bar's number so you can call to ensure they're carrying the event as well as inquire about specials or a cover charge.
Here's the fight card laid out by distribution platform, time and segment:
Main Card (Airing on Pay-Per-View at 3 p.m. ET):
Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz
Renan Barao vs. Brad Pickett
Papy Abedi vs. Thiago Alves
Terry Etim vs. Edward Faaloloto
Cyrille Diabate vs. Anthony Perosh
Preliminary Bouts (Airing on Facebook @ 1:40 p.m. ET):
Justin Edwards vs. John Maguire
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Jason Young
Rob Broughton vs. Philip De Fries
Chris Cope vs. Che Mills
Chris Cariaso vs. Vaughan Lee
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