In what has to be the most shocking and surprising news I’ve ever heard in my life, the stuffy old blowhard morons at HBO have announced that talks with the UFC are dead in the water and not to expect a deal any time soon.
You may remember Dana White saying about a million times that the deal was as close to being done as possible … the UFC even started to roll out their UK shows with the plan to air them on HBO. So all in all I have to say this makes the UFC look pretty dumb. No, not regarding getting the deal done – personally I couldn’t give a fuck if the UFC is on HBO or not. I’m talking about how dumb Dana White sounded saying over and over that the deal would be done any minute, when anyone with half a brain knew the deal was toast the second former HBO CEO Chris Albrecht decided to get slap happy with his girlfriend.
The primary reason behind the dead deal has been known for a while … HBO wanted the hot product, but they wanted to show it their way. Basically they wanted the UFC to throw the show and leave the filming, production, commentary, etc to them. Dana White is such a control freak he shut the company down for a month when he went on vacation. Do you think he’s going to let the fogeys at HBO control the public face of his events? No fucking way.
And thank God for that … I watched Pavlick vs Taylor last night (thanks for pointing me to it, guys), and while the fight was great the production values felt dated for the most part and the announcers made Frank Trigg seem like Al Michaels. On the other hand I’d give both my testicles to see some UFC highlights with that crazy 120 frames per second camera HBO uses. But how much can one of those cameras really cost? I’d rather the UFC keep it’s independence, rent the camera, and we all keep our testicles (me in my pants and the UFC in their commenting booth).