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Opening Round: UFC 138 Deserves Your Viewing Time

No championships will be on the line at UFC 138, but that doesn’t mean the card won’t deliver.

Knockout artists Chris Leben and Mark Munoz will meet in the main event, which is sure to provide fireworks even if it doesn’t go the scheduled five rounds. Yes, you heard that right; this is the first UFC non-title fight that is set for five rounds, so history will be made.

The co-main event is sure to excite, as Brad Pickett finally makes his UFC debut by facing fellow prospect Renan Barao.

You also have Thiago Alves in action, a former contender looking to get back on track against newcomer Papy Abedi, along with England’s own Terry Etim taking on Eddie Faaloloto.

All total, the ten main card fighters have 58 career knockouts among them. Odds of a KO are very, very good in at least one of the five planned bouts.

Maybe the UFC is trying to cost Spike TV viewers and ratings by not putting out much publicity for events on the networks — the UFC inked a new TV deal with FOX Networks that starts next year — but that doesn’t mean the rapid MMA fan base will skip out.

Listen, when you are willing to throw down upwards of $55 for a pay-per-view event, why wouldn’t you flip the channel over to a station you are already paying for and see “free” fights?

If nothing else, at least set the DVR and watch this event before just reading the results online.

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