The UFC 169 fight card live stream and TV pay-per-view coverage arrives on Saturday night as of 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, with viewers getting to see five compelling fights including two championship defenses and a heavyweight battle with career implications. Viewers will be able to watch as Urijah Faber looks to redeem himself by regaining the Bantamweight championship in his second meeting with Renana Barao. Also, Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight title against Ricardo Lamas on this latest televised and live streaming UFC 169 pay-per-view event.
A Jan. 31 report from Sherdog.com indicated that Urijah Faber tipped the scales at 134.5 lbs and Renan Barao at 145 lbs, as they each made weight during Friday's weigh-ins. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo was 145 pounds, while challenger Ricardo Lamas was 144.5 pounds, meaning both fighters made their weights for the fight to be official as well. These two title fights are joined on the card by three other fights, which include heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir going face-to-face in the octagon as well.
All eyes are on Faber, as he has not lost a fight since UFC 149. That defeat was when he dropped the Bantamweight title to Barao, who has won 31 career fights, with 21 of the victories coming by knockout, TKO or submission. On the other side, the challenger Faber has won 24 fights of his 30 career wins by KO, TKO or submission. That's not to mention he has 13 of those wins in the first round. Tonight he replaces former champion Dominick Cruz, who was injured ahead of this matchup.
According to UFC.com, Faber had a different state of mind around the time of his first fight against Renan Barao, but all that has changed. He told the site:
"I was not motivated for that fight. I felt like there were so many lost opportunities, and that was what was in my head. A lot of opportunities were taken away from me. Even though it was for the interim championship and was on Pay-Per-View, I was not excited about it. Going into that fight I knew I wasn’t excited and it was kind of a drag and I tried my best to stay positive no matter what, but it was obvious that it wasn’t an exciting time for me, and I really had to change my mentality after that so I didn’t dwell on the lost opportunities and just looked at how fortunate I am to have all the things that I have and the life that I’m living and the people around me, and made sure that I was having fun, and that’s what 2013 was all about."
Barao has reeled off an impressive win streak in UFC with 31 victories, including his victory over Faber for the title he now holds, as well as his last two title defenses. Tonight he'll look to take the second fight against Faber in defense of the Bantamweight championship. Odds currently favor Barao who is priced at -330, while the underdog Faber is priced at +250.
Also on tonight's main card will be a flyweight matchup between John Lineker and Ali Bagautinov, as well as a lightweight contest involving Jamie Varner versus Abel Trujillo. All five fights will be featured on the pay-per-view which fans can order in multiple ways including via TV or the internet. They arrive after live streaming and televised preliminary fights are shown for free through UFC Fight Pass and the FOX Sports 1 TV channel.
Cable and satellite providers such as Cox Cable, DISH Network and DIRECTV are just a few of the services Roanoke viewers can use to order the PPV on TV. As far as live streaming online orders, fans can head to UFC.TV, YouTube, USTREAM and Yahoo! Sports. Mobile devices with Android or Apple apps, as well as the PlayStation, ROKU and Xbox can also order and live stream tonight's UFC 169 pay-per-view as it happens from Newark, New Jersey.