As if shitty ratings and the general opinion that this season’s TUF is looking like a snoozer weren’t bad enough, the UFC doesn’t even have a deal to show TUF 13 in the UK, their pet international market:
But with the season already underway in the States, no news has been forthcoming regarding broadcast rights over here in the UK. Previously the show has been screened on Bravo TV, and last season was shown by Sky Sports.
And in response to the plethora of messages posted online and emailed to the UFC direct, Zelaznik told his followers on Facebook: “Sorry all of you UK fans. We are trying to work out a good result for TUF – I am hoping this week we will have news.
“I wish I had a good excuse but sometimes these TV deals aren’t as easy as they seem. All your complaints have been heard-this is priority number 1. Thanks for your patience.”
I dunno, it seems rather odd to me that they haven’t been able to sort out a deal with SOMEONE. We all know the UFC likes to be the pitcher in TV negotiations … maybe they were asking for too much, or wanted too long of a commitment from a TV partner. Did the UFC act all Goldilocks looking for the perfect poridge and get told to fuck off by the bears instead? Go forced fairy tale analogy, go!
Whatever the case, it’s certainly not a positive thing for the UFC to have their flagship show off the air in the UK. Especially since they haven’t brought an event to the UK since October 2010 and none are currently on the horizon for the rest of 2011. It’s kinda shocking to say it since we don’t often get to with the UFC, but it’s almost as if they’re dropping the ball on the UK.