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Is UFC's Versus card really on free TV?

If I were the folks over at Spike, I'd be furious right about now. The UFC's card for its Versus debut on March 21, 2010, is looking pretty sick. And it doesn't cost you a thing, assuming you're one of those lucky households that has Versus.

Let's start with the main event:

Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones. Quite possibly the best matchup of rising stars in the light heavyweight division. Technically, both fighters are coming off a loss (Jones by Mazzagatti DQ and Vera by shady judges' decision), so they've got a lot to fight for, namely big-money fights in 2010 and a title shot in 2011.

Also on the televised card:

Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga: Dos Santos is making big waves at heavyweight, whereas Gonzaga's career goes up and down more than the bench press bar at Gold's Gym.

Cheick Kongo vs. Paul Buentello: Kongo has no ground game, so he needs to fight a puncher such as Buentello. Of course, Kongo got dropped by one punch from Frank Mir before submitting. Still, he can bang, so we should see plenty of fists getting thrown in this one.

Anthony Johnson vs. John Howard: Fightin' Words lit up Johnson for coming in six pounds overweight at UFC 104, then got choked out by Josh Koscheck at 106. Howard has won all three of his fights in the UFC. At some point, one of these fighters will become very relevant in the welterweight division, if only because Georges St-Pierre needs someone to fight.

And take a look who's NOT on the live card:

Clay Guida vs. Shannon Gugerty (Guida is too exciting to leave off live TV)
Alessio Sakara vs. James Irvin
Duane Ludwig vs. Spencer Fisher
Eliot Marshall vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Brendan Schaub vs. Chase Gormley ("TUF 10" finalist Schaub begins his UFC career)
Mike Pierce vs. Rob Kimmons
Eric Schafer vs. Jason Brilz


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