Michael Bisping gets short turnaround, added to UFC on Fox 2; Spike plans to counterprogram

If this wasn't already clear, it looks like Spike television isn't happy with the way its relationship ended with the UFC.

The Viacom-owned television network still has plans to stay in the mixed martial arts game. According to MMAWeekly, Spike is presenting an eight-hour marathon on UFC programming up against UFC's second big show on Fox.{ysp:more}

Spike TV officials, however, still have access to a library of UFC programming, including past event broadcasts, until the end of 2012, and they're using said material as artillery to counter-program UFC on Fox 2.

Spike TV is countering the Jan. 28 fight card with a UFC Unleashed marathon. Spike is pulling no punches with the Jan. 28 marathon, airing from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight ET/PT on Spike TV, titling it UFC Unleashed: Evans vs. Davis.

UFC Unleashed: Evans vs. Davis leans heavily on the major players from UFC on Fox 2, predominately featuring Rashad Evans fights, but also including bouts featuring Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Mark Munoz, and Michael Bisping.

That's right, Bisping is part of the mix. It was confirmed this morning that the brash Brit will be fighting on less than eight weeks notice against Demian Maia in Chicago on Jan. 28.

Bisping's won four straight while Maia is 9-3 in the UFC. His only losses came against Nate Marquardt, Mark Munoz and the middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

The addition of Bisping gives the UFC three polarizing personalities (Bisping, Sonnen and Evans) to handle the prefight media work in advance of UFC on Fox 2.