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SPIKE TV’s Secret Weapon in the War Against TUF’s Move to FX: Kimbo Slice, What Else?

(“Does it matter that I’m no longer an MMA fighter? I can still analyticate what went down on the show, can’t I?”)

SPIKE TV announced today that it has hired UFC washout, and arguably the promotion’s biggest fringe draw next to Brock Lesnar, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, to host its new weekly Friday night TUF repeat show, “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays.”

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The three-hour premiere episode will air March 9, which, not coincidentally is opposite ¬†episode 1 of FX’s The Ultimate Fighter Live, at 9:00 pm ET on SPIKE, and will feature Slice’s recollections from his six weeks in the fighter house.

You may recall that SPIKE owns the broadcast rights for all of the TUF seasons (and Fight Night cards they aired on the network) until 2013, and it appears that they’re making full use of their investment. Don’t be surprised if we see some of the former UFC Octagon Girls as co-hosts.

Future episodes, which will also run head-to-head with TUF Live, will focus on the other 13 episodes of the show which made the UFC a household name. Your Move, Dana.

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snd_dsgnr- February 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm
Someone care to explain to me how exactly Spike thinks this is going to look to any other companies that might consider doing business with them in future?
Jason Moles- February 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm
I'm a little surprised that Viacom would compete for the same audience it seeks with Bellator on the same night. Counter-programming the UFC will undoubtedly hurt Bellator when casual fans are flipping channels and see UFC on Spike (where it has been for the past several years) and "the other guys" on MTV2. We all know who'll win the ratings war.
Gladheateher- February 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm
Awesome now I have something to look forward to after I watch Deadliest warrior Zulu vs Buda
towelie- February 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm
so basically Spike is admitting that they aren't shit without the UFC, and continue to ride the UFC's coat tails. I'm sure any real investors in Spike saw this coming and got out a ways back. watch Zuffa turn around and buy them when they are about to go under in 10 years time.
theothermatthughs- February 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm
Kimbo can conversate with the best of them . i remember that time when my dog broke down the enemy iname ... that was some deep shit . good luck Kimbo
Fried Taco- February 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm
Oh yeah, I'm totally watching that instead of a new live season of TUF.
USMCOgre- February 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm
This shit is stupid.
The12ozCurls- February 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Good to see Chandella land on her hoofs