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Spike to counter program UFC with....UFC
Ah irony....It seems the comedic lordz of the universe owed us one, after Zuffa bought up Strikeforce. The comedy Gods present...
Spike will air “Dos Santos vs. Velasquez: Unleashed” series of shows. as Fox’s inaugural UFC event is set to start....that event being...yep, "Dos Santos vs Velasquez".
Spike owns the broadcast rights to the UFC library through 2012 (unless Zuffa buys them back, which it's said it won't).
So the kings of counter-programming, Zuffa, are now getting more than an athletic supporter full of: goes-around-comes-around.
The twist is, Spike can't air another promotion's fights unless Zuffa does buy back the broadcast rights. Luckily for them, as they and everyone else has been reminded so many times, the UFC is the biggest and baddest.
So now, during one of their most ambitious tests as a growing company, Zuffa will compete with....Zuffa. Personally, I'd rather see old fights of an EPIC nature, than the UFC undercard, as I can't afford PPV. Thanks to Zuffa's penchant for pulling fight footage from youtube....there are many many young fans who will likely jump over to Spike to watch or rewatch EPIC fights, and then hop on over to Fox for the main event.