MMA  > General MMA  > UFC and Fox Reportedly Agree to Network TV Deal
August 16, 2011, 01:17 PM
It looks like the UFC on network TV is finally a reality. According to a report from Sports Business Daily, the UFC and Fox have agreed on a deal that would bring as many as four events to the network each year. A recent deal with Fox Sports Latin America appears to have been proper foreshadowing.

Fox refused to comment to Sports Business Daily, but several of their sources revealed the following details:

* As many as four events per year on Fox
* A seven- or eight-year deal with bidding having reached somewhere around $90M/year
* Weekly programming on Spike and Versus moving to FX
* Some UFC content will end up on Fuel, though the cable network will not be rebranded

The SBD article also reveals details about negotiations with Comcast/NBC and Spike TV. Spike ultimately passed on a new deal, citing stoppage in growth. SBD notes that programs like "Unleashed," "Knockouts," and "Countdown" average 1 million viewers in 2005, with that number falling under 500k this year.

If this is the real deal, it's big news for MMA and the UFC.
August 16, 2011  03:22 PM ET

So does that mean Spike will no longer show ufc shows and its going to be on fox now?

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August 19, 2011  12:47 AM ET

Thank god for this, I was afraid we would have to deal with the UFC on G4.

TUF on FX is great in my opinion, plus we will get 4 almost PPV cards for free on a major network TV station.

I am psyched about this, some of the most exciting news in a while in my opinion.

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