Before Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman compete for the UFC middleweight title, fans can watch the entire preliminary card on sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet 360 – the new home of UFC content in Canada.
Starting at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT two early prelims can be seen live on sportsnet.ca.
Kicking off the night is a welterweight bout between veterans Mike Pierce and David Mitchell.
Pierce (16-5) is on a three-fight win streak and is one of the most underappreciated fighters in the 170-pound division. His only losses in the UFC have been to current or former No. 1 contenders – his losses to Johny Hendricks and Josh Koscheck were controversial split decisions and he nearly finished Jon Fitch in a decision loss in 2009.
Mitchell (12-2) is looking to build off the momentum he gained from his unanimous decision win over Simeon Thoresen in January.
In the second online prelim, TUF 11 veteran Seth Baczynski will attempt to bounce back from a loss to Pierce, which snapped a six-fight win streak. He will welcome Strikeforce veteran Brian Melancon to the UFC.
Then, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET / 5:00-7:00 p.m. PT four more preliminary bouts will air on Sportsnet 360.
The broadcast begins with standout Brazilian lightweight Edson Barboza taking on countryman Rafaello Oliveira.
Former No. 1 heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga meets Dave Herman in what could be an explosive contest, as neither man has gone the distance since 2010.
TUF: The Smashes lightweight winner Norman Parke and Kazuki Tokudome had to be separated at the UFC 162 weigh-ins Friday; they’ll settle their differences in the Octagon.
The final prelim features popular middleweight knockout artist Chris Leben taking on Andrew Craig, who’s looking to bounce back from his first career loss.
UFC 162 is headlined by Silva vs. Weidman and also features Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira, Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson, Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy, and Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz.