Spike TV to telecast selected fights from UFC 104 prelims on Saturday, Oct. 24

On Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, UFC 104 will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. and will broadcast live on pay-per-view. Now for the second time in a row, the UFC will be making a minimum of two preliminary bouts available free to viewers on Spike TV prior to the pay-per-view.

The fights which will air on Spike TV include a light heavyweight match-up between Ryan “Darth” Bader vs. Eric “Red” Schafer and a heavyweight bout between Antoni Hardonk and Pat Barry. The broadcast for these two preliminary bouts will begin airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and will run for one hour commercial-free.

For the very first time on Saturday, Sept. 19, Spike TV aired preliminary fights from UFC 103. The broadcast drew a robust 1.4 million viewers, and placed second on cable with men ages 18-34 in the time slot. Due to the program’s success, UFC fans will get the same treatment on Oct. 24.

A look at the Spike TV match-ups:

The Ultimate Fighter season eight winner Ryan Bader (9-0) is undefeated as a professional and 2-0 in the UFC. His most recent fight was a unanimous decision victory over Carmelo Marrero at UFC Fight Night 18 back in April.

Bader will be taking on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Eric “Red” Schafer (11-3-2) who is on a four-fight win streak.┬áHis most recent victory came via TKO against Antonio Mendes at UFC 93.

Also featured will be Dutch kickboxer Antoni Hardonk (8-5), who has won three of his last four fights inside the Octagon. His last bout was a TKO loss to Cheick Kongo at UFC 97 in April.

Hardonk’s opponent will be dangerous striker Pat Barry (4-1). Barry, who is 1-1 inside the Octagon, lost his last fight via rear-naked choke to Tim Hague at UFC 98 in May.

Other bouts on the card might air on Spike TV, determined by length of fights.