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The UFC working on a deal with FOX

Now that Dana White has finally admitted that the HBO deal is dead (seriously, it was getting creepy, Lars and the Real Girl styles), he’s moved on to bigger and better things: a deal with the Fox network. To me, Fox makes sense because they’re actually known as a network that has balls (aka a degenerate network willing to do anything for ratings), unlike CBS and NBC who are all about pandering to stuffy old people and talking about “A fine tradition of quality television broadcasting” while sipping brandy by the fire. FOX also know how much a new cornerstone sport can help them: they only really arrived as a ‘real’ network after they stole the NFL rights from CBS.

There’s only one real question that needs to be asked when it comes to any of these MMA organizations making it with their network deals: how much are their respective networks willing to get behind the product? We’ve already seen that NBC doesn’t give a shit about Strikeforce. We’ll know in a few weeks if CBS is willing to get behind the EliteXC show or if they balk the second a news organization picks up the story and spins it negatively.

The good thing about the UFC/FOX deal is you know if it actually pans out then Dana’s gonna have most of what he wants carved in stone. While I’m not sure if his “No compromises” approach was smart given EliteXC beat him to the primetime punch, it’s the track he’s on and there’s no going back now. There’s not going to be a question of if the network is going to get behind them – they’ll have it written right into the deal. Of course, that also increases the the possibility that this deal is very likely to fall apart before it even happens.

  • clint notestine

    I’m looking forward to UFC Idol with Simon Cowell vs William Hung featuring the cast of the O.C. as judges. The UFC would fit right along with the shows they have on there and generally has better shows than the other networks, the X-Files was on there for 10 years.

  • Swedish guy

    Dont’t forget Family Guy and American Dad ;-)

  • clint notestine

    yeah both those shows are not my favorites but ok.
    Sadly right now Fox’s only good show is House and Cops, which I didn’t even know still made new episodes.

  • kentyman

    This is the FOX TV station I’m used to, not Fukuoka Organization of Xomething-or-other, right?

  • Accomando

    FOX rules.

    From shows like “When Good Pets Go Bad” to “Celebrity Boxing” featuring such main-events as William “The Fridge” Perry vs. Manute Bol. (where the fight was so shitty, you actually heard the ref say to them mid-fight…”..if you guys don’t start fighting, you’re not going to get paid..” and then they really started wildly slapping eachother)

    If the UFC ends up on FOX, well, its just the best case scenario possible.

  • Lifer

    stewart and colbert have soured me on FOX so much that i can’t help but take this as bad news.

  • Accomando

    Lifer, what vag-swab you are.

    “…Oh, Colbert and Stewart (Lebowitz) don’t like FOX, so I don’t either, whaaaa…”


  • Accomando

    Sorry, I meant “..what A vag-swab you are..”

    And only if you are serious with that line of reasoning, I mean, come on, get real.

  • Lifer

    i smell a conservative!

  • Accomando

    You are a total loser.

  • fightlinker

    Fox News is about as evil of an organization that exists in America now. They’re the embodiment of everything that is wrong with the USA.

    Fox the general TV station on the other hand isn’t as bad. I can separate the channels in my mind so I’m okay with the UFC on Fox

  • Accomando

    “…Fox News is about as evil of an organization that exists in America…”

    Which is exactly why MMA has a chance to thrive on it.

  • Lifer

    i’m all for the sharing of opinions but when you bring it to a personal level like that i just have to feel sorry for you brother.

  • Accomando

    get over yourself.

  • Lifer

    i think you need a long, hard look in the mirror before you start judging me. not sure what’s bugging you today but you can shuffle on over to sherdog with all this negativity. i’m here for the funny, not to bandy words with someone so obviously unhappy.

  • Accomando

    I’m sorry Lifer, maybe I should have been more sensitive to your feelings.

    I’ll quit with the negativity.

  • kentyman

    I smell a hug!

  • Accomando

    I smell urine. j/k.

    Whenever I need a good laugh, I just type “luke cummo” into the fightlinker search thingy and read the comments.

    Lifer has provided hours of entertainment through his postings. I forgot he can’t really take a joke at all, but then again, he never really insults people either, but how can you insult others, when you rely on urine therapy?

    Seriously though, Lifer, I’m just giving you shit, I respect people who take a stance on things and don’t waver, regardless what the stance is.

  • Lifer

    i prefer vagi-thug.

  • fightlinker

    Anyone who can admit to drinking pee and is still around can most certainly take a joke. But I’m happy you guys have worked things out. When’s the wedding?

    And hah, very true re: Fox being evil and that’s why UFC will work there. They’re willing to push MMA and not give a shit what others think about them for doing it.

  • Lifer

    UFC will finally drop the gladiator intro and it will now consist of a faster paced intro with dana white’s head rocketing towards the foreground and transforming into a a bald eagle, the bald eagle flies towards the screen and metamorphs into an F16 which fires it’s missles at your face and then *EXPLOSION*

  • RT

    Fox has exactly the demographic the UFC caters to, It also would really elevate the UFC being on the same network as the NFL.

  • Matt (but I signed up as Mr. Unbelievable Pants)

    Like it, lifer.
    New UFC intro: Fast zoom in of Dana white’s face with the American flag rippling over it. The flag explodes showering the camera and your face with blood and diamonds. Zoom out to reveal a sunken gladiatorial pit with the carcasses of lions and tigers exploding in the background. And spikes. A futuristic robot gladiator surfs in on a flying surfboard and does a backflip into the arena just as “Born in the USA” starts playing HARD. As he lands he stabs a dolphin in the eye and the camera zooms up to his mouth which states: “Let’s get it on” then ten armoured gorilla’s materialise in front of them and he kills all of them with a single spinning backflip. They explode. Another robot gladiator is fired out of a cannon aimed right at the screen. It smashes into Robo 1 and they start fighting. Robo 1 ends up rear naked choking Robo 2 and then jumps in the air and high-fives Arnold Swarchenegger who has just appeared for no reason at all. They punch each other in the face then explode and the words UFC AS REAL AS IT GETS slam into the screen fifteen times then explode. Then you die.

  • Rich Bergeron

    Here’s the only boxer Dana White will let Anderson Silva face:

  • pillow

    I watch the NFL on Fox a lot, and it’s OK (i like ESPN the best, but whatever, it’s not really overly patriotic or anything ridiculous)

    Arrested Development was on Fox

    Everyone realizes that Fox News is a separate entity that its Network television big brother, and that one could conclude that Fox the network lacks the conservative sensationalism?

    This is like saying because ABC Famile plays censored versions of Mean Girls every day, that its NFL coverage would all call Tom Brady a “plastic” or something.. sepearate.

  • fightlinker

    The whole thing is conservative shock works well for selling news but people still wanna see violence and side-boob and everything else.