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    Originally posted by SportsBusiness Daily (sportsbusinessdaily.com)
    UFC Agrees To Deal With Fox That Will See Up To Four Events Per Year On Broadcast TV

    By John Ourand, Staff Writer

    Published August 16, 2011


    In what would represent a major push into the mainstream for the UFC, Fox has agreed to a deal that will see the broadcast channel air as many as four MMA events per year, according to several sources. The multiyear deal would mark the first time the UFC will have consistent airtime on a broadcast network. 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.

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Very interesting...and I'm a little surprised Comcast/NBC didn't end up with at least a piece of this, given that I really thought UFC was strongly desired as one of the showcase sports for their rebranded Versus next year. I guess the price got too high? Well, I shouldn't speculate. I'm sure Meltzer will devote 2/3 of his next Wrestling Observer Newsletter to this story. ;-)

(Of course, I immediately went to Yahoo! Sports to see how the story was being covered THERE, but they have reported a Dana White denial instead (sports.yahoo.com). STAY TUNED, FIGHT FANS)



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UFC on the refurbished Versus/NBC Sports channel seems like a natural fit. They still show WEC reruns and they have the occasional free weekend shows, and NBC would get its second MMA broadcast. (Right after DolphDrew Jericho was born, I learned that Bellator aired after poker daily on NBC in the absolute dead of night).

I hope it doesn't go to FOX; they'd gimmick up the presentation (the glowing hockey puck, for instance).

If UFC leaves Spike, I'll have no reason to watch that channel. Not even for the monthly Star Wars marathons.



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If it saves G4 I am all for the deal.



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I don't subscribe to Spike, so having UFC head to Fox makes me kinda happy.

Wonder if TUF will be on Fox, too....



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    Originally posted by Oliver
    I don't subscribe to Spike, so having UFC head to Fox makes me kinda happy.

    Wonder if TUF will be on Fox, too....
Hardly anything is going to be on the Fox Network, but rather FX, which isn't in Canada. SportsNet shows TUF and the live shows, though.



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    Originally posted by hansen9j
      Originally posted by Oliver
      I don't subscribe to Spike, so having UFC head to Fox makes me kinda happy.

      Wonder if TUF will be on Fox, too....
    Hardly anything is going to be on the Fox Network, but rather FX, which isn't in Canada. SportsNet shows TUF and the live shows, though.
FX Canada signs on 11/1! (But not on your system, I'm sure.)



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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by hansen9j
        Originally posted by Oliver
        I don't subscribe to Spike, so having UFC head to Fox makes me kinda happy.

        Wonder if TUF will be on Fox, too....
      Hardly anything is going to be on the Fox Network, but rather FX, which isn't in Canada. SportsNet shows TUF and the live shows, though.
    FX Canada signs on 11/1! (But not on your system, I'm sure.)
Well okay then. It's also notable that the SportsNet deal has seemed to be NON-exclusive, which is completely opposite from just about any other Canadian broadcast.

(And if I don't get FX Canada, I'm blaming James.)



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    Originally posted by hansen9j
    (And if I don't get FX Canada, I'm blaming James.)
If I had any say in what channels we carried, we'd still have WWE Classics on Demand. But hey, you're getting the Weather Network in HD soon!
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    Originally posted by @DanaWhite
    So it's official UFC on FOX! 4 fight on FOX network, 6 fights on FX and TUF LIVE on FX, 7 year deal!!! Big day for UFC




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Has someone informed Joe Buck? Did they sit him down on the fainting couch with a hot cup of tea first?



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    Originally posted by KJames199
      Originally posted by hansen9j
      (And if I don't get FX Canada, I'm blaming James.)
    If I had any say in what channels we carried, we'd still have WWE Classics on Demand. But hey, you're getting the Weather Network in HD soon!
I'm still hoping for Shaw to carry it, but I'm pretty sure it'll never happen.



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Heh. Honestly I didn't want to say much more because I can't remember any of these guys names and was too lazy to do the research. Thanks for picking up the ball. The Guida fight might be the closest we ever come to seeing a live action Street Fighter.
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