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UFC Angling For an ABC Deal?


(ABC Wide World of Sports’s “Agony of Defeat” skier: The ’70s version of Anderson Silva‘s thai clinch.)

With EliteXC readying its blockbuster cards on CBS and Strikeforce getting some late-night love from NBC, the UFC is running out of major networks to sign with. But if the latest “informed speculation” turns out to be true, we could eventually see some Octagon fights on ABC. MMAPayout passes along this unconfirmed report:

The UFC and ESPN are discussing a potential strategic partnership. Representatives from each company reportedly met for what were described as extensive discussions last week in New York and Bristol, Connecticut. While Spike is the official cable home of the UFC, there is no longer an ABC Sports division, only ESPN on ABC, leading to speculation that such a partnership could lead to live events on ABC.

Screw creative control: If I’m Dana White, I’m going to do everything in my power to make this happen, “gladiator intro” be damned. Because if ABC gets snatched up by some other fight club, then the UFC is basically locked out of network television. Now is the time to make a deal. Pull back the ego a little bit and make it happen.

Semi-related: I just realized that I can’t name any show that’s currently airing on ABC. For my benefit, please post a comment with the name of a series that’s on that network — without consulting Wikipedia. Caller number nine gets a pair of tickets to see Blue Oyster Cult at the Rock-o-Rama.

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Damian- March 31, 2008 at 6:00 am
Lost! Its the only thing that keeps me semi-sane. Between thinking about which chump fedor or kimbo are gonna fight next or what shit tito's cum guzzling girlfriend or dana white are gonna say lost is the only thing that makes me live for the next week. atleast i nevr know whats gonna happen there!
Seth- March 31, 2008 at 4:47 am
Whats lost?
Fever- March 31, 2008 at 2:51 am
LOST is currently ranked as the most popular show in north america at www.tv.com. ABC is also home to other top ten shows such as greys anatomy and desperate housewives.
Mudbutt- March 31, 2008 at 12:34 am
Fucking LOST man! You live in Tito Ortiz's ass or something?
Mr. Dobalina- March 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm
I believe Fantasy Island is on ABC. But I haven't watched TV in dog's age.
bump- March 30, 2008 at 9:21 pm
Extreme Makeover Home Edition? Yes? No?
ZzFDKzZ- March 30, 2008 at 9:15 pm
LOST!
Markus- March 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm
Women's Murder Club? Boston Legal? Men in Trees?

All shows that air here in sweden :)
cw- March 30, 2008 at 8:19 pm
America's Funniest Videos. Man that stuff is still funny. I'm just the only one brave enough to say I watch it.
MMA-hole- March 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm
Jimmy Kimmel Live...but I had to consult Wikipedia.
Your mom- March 30, 2008 at 8:12 pm
Lost. good show.
What Would Kimbo Do?- March 30, 2008 at 8:04 pm
I Think Lost is on ABC but ive never watched an episode...
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