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UFC and FOX cut a deal? Maybe?

It’s not confirmed by Dana White yet, but multiple outlets are reporting that the UFC will finally make the jump to network television on FOX in 2012. The news was originally broken by Sports Business Journal and breaks down like this: 

Fox execs refused to comment on the deal, but sources with knowledge of the negotiations said bidding had gone as high as $90M per year. The Fox deal is believed to be for seven or eight years. As part of the deal, most of the weekly programming that UFC has on Versus and Spike TV will move to FX starting in January. That includes several fight cards, plus shows like the reality series “The Ultimate Fighter.” Fox-owned Fuel also will wind up with some UFC content. But rumors that Fox will rebrand Fuel as a UFC channel are not true, sources said.

Sources said Spike ultimately passed over concern that its UFC shoulder programming stopped growing. Shows like “Unleashed,” “Knockouts” and “Countdown” averaged 1 million viewers in ’05. This year, they are averaging 492,000. Spike holds the rights to UFC library programming through ’12, including old fights and shoulder programming such as “UFC Unleashed.”

Thus the relationship between Spike and the UFC ends. So tragic, they were like peanut butter and chocolate, penis and vagina, Frank Trigg and rear naked chokes. But listen, children. Mummy and daddy aren’t splitting because of you (well, maybe it is a little because you didn’t tune into enough ‘Unleashed’ programming). You’ll have a new daddy now. Everything will be just fine!

Four “major” free fight cards a year on network television should be enough to make any MMA fan foam at the mouth in anticipation, and despite the recent troubles of parent company News Corp and uber-mega-evil CEO Rupert Murdoch, FOX is still a huge power in the broadcasting industry. Plus we get the UFC Fight Nights and “Louie” on the same channel. If you don’t watch “Louie” you’re a shithead! Anyways…

Nobody knows the confirmed specifics of the deal yet (if there is indeed a deal), but it’s a fair bet that Dana and co. finally managed to jump the “creative control” hurdle that killed the long-rumored HBO deal a few years back and that UFC events on FOX or FX will look just like UFC events on Spike or Versus did. As many have remarked in the last hour, Bellator now looks like a sure bet to take over the MMA niche the UFC is leaving on SpikeTV, which may lead to them getting more than 3 viewers on MTV2. Again, no hard confirmation yet but the UFC does have a big press conference today…

  • CAP

    Now may be the time for one of those “Major Announcements”

  • scissors61

    lol, no shit. according to the mma journalists on twitter Sports Business Journal is pretty reliable for this kind of stuff, so i’m inclined to believe this (at this point). 

  • kvelertak

    Sounds good to me.

    Fuck Spike TV.

  • scissors61

    I’m stoked that UFC Fight Nights will be on a channel that has other shows that are…you know…good. “It’s Always Sunny,” “Louie,” “Sons of Anarchy,”…sheeyit son, that is quality programming right there! 

     

  • glassjawsh

    never heard of louie. and you’re the shithead

  • scissors61

    You’ve never heard of “Louie.” The show written and directed by the best standup on the planet, Louis CK. You’re a damn shitpuppet and you’ll get buried in a shit wave Bubbles! 

  • scissors61

    david cross? if you like your jokes about ordering coffee in seattle and how tough it is to find the right sqaure-frame glasses, i guess 

  • glassjawsh

    ^ david cross > louie CK

    i dunno mr lahey!

  • glassjawsh

    watch mr show, download the album “stop crying you fucking baby” and go to this link ——> http://www.letmewatchthis.ch/watch-354458-David-Cross-Bigger-Blackerer

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    David Cross is surely the world’s best Analrapist.

  • scissors61

    i’ve seen mr. show and heard the albums, blah blah blah. david cross was good on arrested development and turned into the world’s most annoying hipster directly thereafter. i hate his face. so how bout that ufc network deal? 

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    PS – I’m very amped about this.  I look forward to them putting some major heat on these cards if Dana’s got even half a fucking brain.

  • CAP

    ^That’s what I’m wondering. How are they gonna stack these shows cuz you know they don’t want to lose their ppv revenue. Either way free mma is good. mkay.

  • lukustra

    “david cross > louis ck”

    LMFAO what kind of fucking sack of shit are you behind that keyboard? I’ve watched enough stand up in my day to be able to say that you, my friend, should probably kill yourself. Look, david cross is a “quality” act. I’ve watched all of his shit. As an avid watcher, I’ll say most of his shows will entertain you for the most part. However, you can put on Louis to any fucking brainless imbecile in the world, you can put that shit on for your grandma, and they’ll find that shit funny. Louis is, hands down, the best modern comedian right now. I ought to shit on your face for typing that blasphamy.

  • lukustra

    ..on another note, the FOX deal sounds good to me. Fox does a great job with the NFL and has decent enough shows where people will watch. It’ll all reallly come down to what the UFC does with the channel. If they want this to be as successful as possible they should put quality (PPV quality) cards on FOX. Championship fights even. But they won’t. At best they’ll put on what we got last weekend. A very good card from a hardcore mma fan perspective, for the casual fan it might as well have been Bellator.

  • scissors61

    I don’t know if I’d say the UFC won’t put championship fights on network TV…they’re putting one on Versus after all. 

  • lukustra

    yeah, a championship fight that would have been on free tv (and on that channel) had they not merged the WEC. Plus its Dominick Cruz fighting Mighty Mouse, it Joe Shmoe vs John Dough to every casual fan. If you say Bantamweight around most casual fans they have no idea what your talking about. Yet alone the actual weightclass and the fighters that fight in it.

  • frickshun

    Hey diddle diddle. Jawsh is a fucking moron.

    PS: Skizz stole my story, including all of my insightful commentary, from the forums. What a cock!!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    here’s the problem the UFC currently faces as far as stcking cards:  they will put a big card together for their first show, but if they hold off on mega cards for PPV and give FOX UK-level cards then they lose ratings clout as a network draw and they get cut after two years.  Then MMA is considered a weak draw.  They need ot pull newsworthy numbers with this contract on the reg.

    The real goal has to be to get recurring TV contracts, get advertising money, and be considered a legit sport like steek-n-bawl sports, doesn’t it?  At least, that’s what dana claimed…

  • lukustra

    yeah, in another perspective thunderelbows might be right. I read something on bloodelbow just a minute ago and they suggested the same thing. it depends how guaranteed everything is. Looks like Dana might have to eat a dick and allow big fights on free TV if they want huge ratings as kind of a fuck you to everyone else. A contract isn’t forever, eventaully they’ll have to convince someone else theyre worth it and facts are facts.

  • glassjawsh

    dear lukistta, most shit eating idiots find Larry the cable guy funny. I know this because my goddamned dad paid 100 dollars to see him (in cheap ass Indianapolis no less). that doesn’t mean he’s better than anyone. it just means people like him.

    and no I’m not comparing Louis cks material to that invertebrate. just pointing out how invalid your “he’s brilliant because people laugh at him” argument is

  • scissors61

    isn’t that pretty much the only way to measure how good a comic is? whether or not people laugh at the jokes? 

  • lukustra

    scissors, thats the most logical argument i can think of. although i think Louis’ material is brilliant, its not like hes talking about anything thought inducing. Rogan does that in a lot of his stand up. regardless, look im not bagging on you for liking David Cross, just dont say hes better then Louis CK because, in all honesty, you’d be heavily outnumbered in that argument.

  • lukustra

    and Thunderelbows, im talking about big EXCITING fights. not fucking GSP “grinding” his way to a 5 round decision. They won’t be able to just focus on lighter weigh classes either. We know the little guys can bring it, but most people like big intimidating fighters. There gonna have to put on larger weight classes, exciting fighters, and fights that matter.

  • glassjawsh

    thatd be like saying that Jon fitch has more value as an entertaining fighter than chris lytle because he wins a lot.

    also never say “I’m right because more people agree with me” there was a time when most people thought blacks belonged in chains and the gays deserved to be lit on fire

  • scissors61

    thatd be like saying that Jon fitch has more value as an entertaining fighter than chris lytle because he wins a lot.

    no, because one is a quantitative judgement and the other is qualitative. 

  • glassjawsh

    explain yourself skizz

  • glassjawsh

    explain yourself skizz

  • lukustra

    some fights/fighters that come to mind, cain (if/when he loses to JDS) vs overeem (if they get him), itd really build up both guys to casuals. bisping vs vitor, chael vs anyone, rashad vs rampage, condit vs nick diaz (or penn), they might get away with putting Forrest from name recognition and the Bonnar fight.

  • iamphoenix

    I dont know who dabid cross is. Havent seen lois ck new show. I guess hes hot right now. Everyone loved dane cooks dick so hard and now people hate him.

    What does it matter anyway, you either like it and watch it or you dont. Lets touch taints.

  • lukustra

    i still like dane cook, i see why other comedians dont but i dont get the hate from everyone else.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ dude had a 3 minute bit about babies being stupid because they have big heads and he wanted to punch them in the face because he wanted to see them tip over. Only funny thing he ever did was “waiting”

  • frickshun

    Comedy is pretty damn subjective. My wife likes Dane. I don’t. Who cares. Louis CK appeals to me cuz of his wife & kid related material. He’s the everyman that’s exposing life’s stupidity, not telling one-liners. Jawsh is still a punk scene reject.

  • lukustra

    see i found that baby bit funny, and people complain that half his act is pointing and jerking around the stage. although i agree watching him live is way funnier, i listened to all his cds on my ipod without watching his on stage shenanigans and still found him to be hilarious. i think he gets too much unwarranted heat because of his fame, subjects, and fast rise. as far as waiting, id say thats something ryan reynolds did and dane was just a part of. one of the most underrated movies ever made. there are people who still have never heard of it. unreal.

  • iamphoenix

    I still <3 dane cook.

  • G Funk

    Why you only like white comics huh lukustra? Why? Go ahead and say you’re not a racist now!

  • lukustra

    chris rock is in my top 3 favorite comedians, i love dave chappelle and mike eps, and the only thing i love more then mma is the NBA. if im racist against anyone its definitely not black people.

  • iamphoenix

    So just because you like black people performing for you makes you not a racist?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    He can’t help it, he’s from Joisey.

  • CAP

    OOOOOH

    What are we talking about again?

  • glassjawsh

    successfully subo’d this thread

  • lukustra

    not sure if srs but that has to be one of the most arrogent arguements ive ever heard. in addition, thats another counterproductive point, saying im from Jersey would be a point against me not being racist against blacks. new jersey is one of the most diversified, culturally developed, and forward thinking states in america. “ya’ll” from the south or “whyomging” or something?

  • CAP

    I just heard Ambercrombie & Fitch is willing to pay the Jersey Shore cast a “substantial” amount of money TO NOT WEAR THEIR CLOTHES!! Funny.

  • iamphoenix

    Lukustra must be an old white lady.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    culturally developed

    You finally had something to say until you went there.  Are you confusing having people who come from other cultures with having culture of your own?

  • frickshun

    Jerz is an industrial wasteland w/pockets of ghettos & rich suburbias. It does not have an identity outside of housing vast industrial plants & renting space to the New York Gigantors & Jetplanes professional American Rules Football organizations. Oh yeah, and they have sole rights to the Jersey Shore.

    I have many friends that live there. They’re all forced to live there b/c of their dumb fucking wives or for job convenience. Nobody WANTS to be there. Maybe Lukustra is someone’s wife?

  • lukustra

    getting pooed on pretty bad, im actually a young white male of european citizenship. i wasnt even born in jersey. but yeah, ghettos and rich suburbias, highly deversified. but its a great state nontheless. one of the “ny jetplanes” lives in my town actually. but i’ll completely dismiss any counterarguement that brings up the “jersey shore”. the show doesnt represent the state what so ever. the castmates arent from jersey and most people from the shore dont want them there. its complete stereotyping. plus bringing a mtv show up as a point of argument is sad. and yeah, a coworker just mentioned the a&f article. quite amusing.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    A complete comment where you both made a point and didn’t make yourself look like a pussy.  With a touch of smarmy humor your Jackal training will be complete.

    Then you’ll leave like Fivebolt because SOMEONE won’t stop Photoshopping pictures from your facebook or because you strangled yourself fapping to CroCop in uniform.

  • glassjawsh

    is it bad that i like the photoshop pictures of joan as much or more than the man himself?

    on second thought i dont care

  • scissors61

    Jersey is the only place in the U.S. where you can get a decent sfogiatelle. Real talk. 

  • G Funk

    HA Lukustra is seriously fo-realz HAHAHAHA! What a fag! Lighten up cumstain, this is fightlinker. Taking yourself seriously here means you suck more than most… IN REAL LIFE

  • iamphoenix

    I didnt know i was the reason for joan not being around anymore. I thought it was because he lost his carpenter pants and was out searching for them.
    I just got a lightbhulb in my butt.

  • frickshun

    Lukustrapon–>I’m just fucking around!! I play tourney’s @ Pt. Pleasant & Belmar. They’re great fucking beaches!! The people suck cock but oh the beaches…….

  • Reverend Clint

    jersey is 75% woods, 25% shit hole, 100% guido. place is infested with trash eating, white people assaulting blacks.

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