In an increasingly connected world, it is becoming easier and easier for corporations to streamline the manner in which content is delivered to the consumer. Generally speaking -- and luckily for fight fans -- the UFC embraces this sentiment in a far greater capacity than most major organizations. The trend continues, as the UFC has announced their intention to stream UFC 131's five non-televised preliminary bouts on both the company's Facebook and YouTube pages.
Since ‘UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields', the UFC has experimented streaming the early preliminary matches on Facebook, and the results have been met with overwhelming approval. Now, given the success of the model, the world's largest fight organization is broadening the scope of access once more with a test run of a similar service on their YouTube page. If recent results are any indication, the ease of accessibility should make the plan a runaway success.
The five fights scheduled to be streamed feature several well-known mixed martial arts names, including two veterans of ‘The Ultimate Fighter' -- TUF 8's Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Mike Massenzio and TUF 11's . The remaining scheduled bouts are vs. James HeadDustin Poirier vs. Jason Young, Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa, and Michihiro Omigawa vs. Darren Elkins.
UFC 131 is headlined by a titanic bout between Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos to determine the number one contender of the heavyweight division. The event will be held on June 11, 2011 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.