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UFC Counter-Programming, Pt. 4

(Kimbo who?)

The UFC isn’t going to let EliteXC put an event on network TV without screwing with them a little bit. Just as they aired UFC 84 for free on Spike while the second CBS “Saturday Night Fights” card was taking place on July 26th — effectively stealing away a lot of EliteXC’s young male viewers — the UFC will be airing “UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin” on October 4th, opposite “EliteXC: Heat.” (They’ll also be showing “UFC 87: St-Pierre vs. Fitch” the following Saturday, on the night that Affliction was originally supposed to hold their “Day of Reckoning” card.) The UFC has previously tried to take the wind out of their competition’s sails by airing an “Ultimate Iceman” special on Spike during the first CBS “Saturday Night Fights” card in May, and scheduling an Anderson Silva-headlined Ultimate Fight Night during Affliction’s “Banned” card in July.

With Showtime lurking as a potential buyer for Pro Elite, a little less is riding on “Heat”‘s performance — lackluster ratings wouldn’t necessarily mean extinction if they have someone to bail them out. But the UFC could further devalue the EliteXC brand if they can prove that just as many people would tune in to see a UFC re-run as a new fight card from EliteXC. And if “Heat” is a bomb, maybe Showtime will think twice about the purchase.

In other UFC news…

— As mentioned during the Ultimate Fight Night 15 broadcast, the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature a U.S. team vs. a U.K. team. The show will feature welterweights and middleweights, and open auditions will be held in London on October 20th and Chicago on October 27th.

Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar are reportedly being filmed for a three-part 24/7-style miniseries that will air leading up to their fight at UFC 91 (November 15th, Las Vegas).

— A middleweight fight between Demian Maia and Nate Quarry has been added to UFC 91. Maia, who’s gone undefeated in eight pro fights, picked up his third UFC win last month with a submission of Jason MacDonald at UFC 87. Quarry is coming off his infamous unanimous decision win over Kalib Starnes at UFC 83 in April.

— The Ultimate Fight Night 15 undercard bout between Joe Lauzon and Kyle Bradley can be seen for free on

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the name of the game- September 19, 2008 at 6:52 pm
i'm w/ joseph on this one. the ufc will have to try a little harder next time.
Joseph- September 18, 2008 at 7:31 pm
You guys have GOT to be KIDDING!

Shields (#2 or #3 WW in the world) vs Paul Daley (Best WW in UK)
Ninja Rua vs Benji Radach
Gina Carano vs Kelly Kobald
Cyborg vs Takahashi

There are more people fighting other than Shamrock vs Kimbo.

LIVE fights over re-runs of something I already saw ANYDAY!

A Cyborg training session is more compelling than the rerun of UFC 86.
That PPV was not great at all until the Forrest vs Rampage fight.
hooligun- September 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm
Well put geriatric PEON same here!
OrMMA- September 18, 2008 at 4:56 pm
Only thing from Elite worth watching will be if Ken can please beat Kimbo and put an end to this circus, and I want to catch a highlight of that "Cyborg" girl pounding the hell out of whoever she fights..since they still have Gina ducking her
CWR- September 18, 2008 at 4:53 pm
Quarry by standing hammer fists!!!
Billy Bad Ass- September 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm
That card was bad ass...

LMPRAO at Nate Quarry punking Caleb Starnes
mayhem420- September 18, 2008 at 4:10 pm
^^^Well ahead of you on that one!
Anonymous- September 18, 2008 at 4:07 pm
You better be careful trying to record the fights because last time they were like 45 min over.
The Card- September 18, 2008 at 4:07 pm
THis one wasnt a very good one imo
Joey- September 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm
Haha the UFC is such assholes. Its a great business tactic but kind of a shitty thing to do. Nonetheless, I'm much more excited to see the UFC Paperviews again then to see some washed up has been fight a never was.
killa- September 18, 2008 at 3:17 pm
mayhem420- September 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm
I will Tivo the Elite card, this way I can fast forward to Ken vs Kimbo...
It would be cool to see Ken actually win a fight, although I dont think he will.
Geriatric Peon- September 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm
I enjoy watching good fights from the PPV a couple times just to get a better idea of how the fight went. Sometimes I get caught up wanting one guy to win I see strikes with a bias. Watching it a second time I can view it more objectively.
T Rex- September 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm
I like the idea of re-broadcasting old UFC events on Spike. It might actually help them get more fans.
Greg- September 18, 2008 at 2:12 pm
It looks like griffen is banging a girl in the picture.