We all know the negotiations between CBS and the UFC have gone the way of the Hollywood writer’s strike: nowhere. MMAPayout is reporting that creative differences might be to blame – which means Dana was being a dick (see the failed attempt at a Fedor vs. Randy fight as reference). An HBO deal bit the dust even before the CBS deal did, so now it looks like Dana’s next
failed negotiation attempt could be NBC – although this may already be DOA.
…the UFC has reportedly reached out to NBC as late as last week. The reception was reportedly cold with the peacock network having little interest in working with the UFC and particularly Dana White. NBC does not appear interested in prime time programming, making the UFC a poor fit in addition to any concerns they might have about White.
NBC continues to talk with a number of players about late night time slots, including the IFL, Strikeforce, M-1, and K-1. Speculation within the industry suggests that Strikeforce, with financial backing from Hewlett-Packard, may have already came to terms with the network, however, such a deal would not preclude other promotions involvement.
Looks pretty grim if you were jonesin’ to see Edith strut her stuff between rounds on one of the Big Four. But the other prospects sound cool.
The IFL could certainly use a boost and they have some up-and-coming personalities to go with their legendary coaches to make for a good network show. Strikeforce could be interesting if they stick with their quality boys as opposed to dried up pieces of shit like Bob Sapp and WCO cast-offs – okay, they weren’t so much cast off as they were victims of a ‘business decision’. The K-1 and M-1 prospects speak for themselves. Either way, getting some MMA on a major network would be a major shot in the arm, unless they decide to do some pro wrestling cross-pollination and it turns into a Brock Lesnar-Hulk Hogan slap fest, American Gladiator style. God, I just threw up a little in my mouth.
The other possibilities we’re hearing are Univision and Telemundo. This is a great market for MMA, but not so great for me since I speak only two sentences in Spanish and hate reading sub-titles. But if you need to get a hooker in TJ, I can give you the proper phrasing.