Rampage’s Next Fight, UFC Changing PPV Start Times?

— According to MMAFighting.com, the UFC is contemplating a change to move up the start times of its pay-per-view broadcasts one hour. No official decision has been made, but word is that the company is considering the move for all events. The UFC will test the new start time for UFC 129, which takes place on April 30th. The event will start at 9PM ET, and the idea behind the move is to take advantage of the earlier time to attract more east coast viewers going forward. Nearly half of the United States population is located in the Eastern Time zone. On top of that 6 of the 10 most populated cities in Canada are in the Eastern Time zone.

— UFC has announced that Matt Hamill vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story are official for UFC 130. UFC 130 takes place May 28th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with the following card…

Champ Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard (for lightweight title)
Matt Hamill vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Jorge Santiago vs. Brian Stann*
Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson
Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story

Brad Pickett vs. Miguel Torres*
Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve

* – Not officially announced

— UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones takes place March 19th at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. with the following card…

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Jon Jones (for light-heavyweight title)
Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Nate Marquardt
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Brendan Schaub

Luiz Cane vs. Eliot Marshall
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani

Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau

Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
Raphael Assuncao vs. Erik Koch
Nick Catone vs. Dan Miller