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.
Total Comments 11
9/28/2011 11:24am, #2
The ufc gets more like wwe every day, I'm surprised Dana white isn't related to Vince macmann.
9/28/2011 11:31am, #3
They should do a series like HBO Boxing, where they follow both the fighters for the weeks leading up to the card and show their training and general life *stuff* they deal with along the way.
9/28/2011 7:19pm, #4
Bob, your bias against the UFC is quite showing. Hey, I'm critical of them too, but is Spike really the struggling "victim"?
9/28/2011 7:50pm, #5
Meh, better than a solid kick to the groin.GET A RED BELT OR DIE TRYIN'.
9/28/2011 8:09pm, #6
Spike doesn't have to be the 'victim'. The point is, the UFC has been bossing around everyone, and leaning on their vendors, their fighters, other leagues and whatnot. This reciprocation has nothing to do with me, other than I'll be enjoying the material Spike will be airing. This is a win for the fans.
It's not required to be a huge WBO, WBC etc fan to enjoy boxing, and likewise, it's not necessary for fans to love the UFC brass, in order to support the fighters. Hell, many of the fighters are at odds with the promotion.
I'm a huge fan of the sport of mma, but it's not mandated that I love Zuffa. They act like they're the only one's with any pull, and everyone else can suck it....this, as I've stated repeatedly will bite them in the ass, and it's starting to.
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9/28/2011 8:27pm, #7
9/28/2011 8:51pm, #8
Spike possibly wants to bring Bellator on-board, but can't untill 2013, unless there's a renegotiation. In lieu of that, they are going to air tons of UFC footage...which is fine with me.
9/29/2011 10:08am, #9
I hope they air some of the really early UFC stuff. I personally think it is funny, and I'm glad that Zuffa is getting some competition...with it's self! The UFC has enjoyed swooping in and overpowering smaller organizations. I understand that Dana and Zuffa are not the same, but as far as I'm concerned, they are.
I remember when there was a fight coming on, I don't remember what the org name was, M1 maybe? Fedor was fighting, and Josh Barnet fought Ivel I believe. I remember it distinctly because I competed in a BJJ tournament the same day. Well, the org had planned the fight for a while and then the UFC came in an counter programed a free UFC fight on the same night. I was pissed. Luckily, my cousin had DVR and recorded the UFC fight which we watched the next morning.
So any chance that Zuffa or the UFC will not get total world domination, is good in my book!
9/29/2011 2:30pm, #10
Well for those of us who could care less about Zuffa or White's business practices this is great news. Twice the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, and all of HD Nets Friday and Saturday programming plus youtube vids all one has time to watch is fighting which is fine by me.