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UFC Signs Japanese TV Deal

(See, Japan? Dana White knows what you’re into. You guys are still into samurai swords, right?.)

The UFC is headed back to Japanese TV sets via a new two-year deal with the Japanese subscription-based broadcaster WOWOW. They’ll be broadcasting all UFC pay-per-views starting with this Saturday’s UFC 89 from England on a tape delay. From the press release:

“The Japanese market has always been important to the UFC, and we want to bring MMA and all of its biggest stars back to Japan,” said Dana White, UFC President. “We are thrilled to be back with WOWOW.”

“WOWOW is extremely pleased to announce that UFC is back on WOWOW, starting with the UFC 89 event in Birmingham, UK,” said Mr. Kazuyuki Omura, Chief Producer, WOWOW. “The UFC will telecast in High Definition on WOWOW’s popular “Timely-on-Air” format, a limited delay broadcast adjusting the airtime to a time that will be convenient for the sports fans in Japan. After airing over 50 UFC shows from 2001 to 2007, we are excited to once again provide our subscribers with the most prominent mixed martial arts program in the world.”

There, Japanese MMA fans, does that take some of the sting out of Zuffa buying Pride only to dismantle it? No, probably not, but what can you do. At least you’ve still got Dream, and at least they finally paid Nick Diaz for a fight that happened last spring.

This TV deal is just one more box checked in the UFC’s global domination plans. Now look the fuck out, Phillipines.

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Aikura- October 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm
This pic is from Dana's recent Rolling Stone interview and it was taken in his backyard! Apparently, his neighbours have successfully sued him because living next to Disney's California Adventure ride is bringing down property values. He just flips them the bird and keeps paying the $2000/month fine! Hef's Grotto indeed, makes me wonder what goes on in that eight person shower he mentioned in that same article?
Me- October 13, 2008 at 3:19 am
Funny thing is is that he is holding that sword all wrong. Damn thing would be dull by the time he tried to cut someone.
shitwhistle- October 13, 2008 at 2:54 am
Such conviction, Mr. Ho.
It's easy to be brave on the innertubes.
I approve this message.
axhed- October 13, 2008 at 2:45 am
unfortunately, danolf whitler has confused the wowow tv network with
Meca hiny ho- October 13, 2008 at 2:37 am
I stand by everything I said.
shitwhistle- October 13, 2008 at 2:18 am
Easy now, I'm only eleven...
Meca hiny ho- October 13, 2008 at 1:59 am
shitwhistle, you are a gigantic faggot, and I hope you are raped to death.
kraetos- October 13, 2008 at 12:43 am
Every time I turn around, another more G. Dog White bullshit.

You guys also seem to enjoy the taste of Dana pee pee way too much.
boon- October 13, 2008 at 12:27 am
UFC shows have been airing here in the Philippines for years now. We get live UFC events as well as TUF, Unleashed and Wired. I remember watching UFC 2 when i was still in grade school, on a government channel non the less.
shitwhistle- October 13, 2008 at 12:27 am
iwannabanghotchicks is right... and not just about bangin' hot chicks, which I do all the fucking time, but look at that cheesy pic. That's pretty lame. It's hard to believe he'd agree to such a lame ass photo shoot..., that background is either the Playboy grotto or the set from "Land of the Lost"
shitwhistle- October 13, 2008 at 12:21 am
Kicks and knees to the head of a downed opponent are not cool. After all, we're not trying to, like, kill dudes, .... are we? 'Cause if we are, Hughes should be first.

Like CP said, there's a little voice in Dana's head..... "Commence Globalization Process"
UFC will be hosting pay per view Escrima on Filipino tv.
lorne sheister- October 13, 2008 at 12:13 am
wait till the japs get a load of the shitty card the UFCis pawning on the limey cocksuckers.
theyre gonna be so jealous.

not as jealous as theyll be when they see the next card featuring
a roided wrestler witha dick on his chest and some old dude who looks worst
than shamrock as well as a card filled american reality tv contestants they have
never heard about.

maybe theyll be surprised to see spider sylva who they know from his japan fighting days fighting some 4rth rate reality tv pug. they love their circus shows but dont go for this kind of bullshit.

oh yeah.... mediocrity has gone global.

wait till the gooks find out that there isnt a HW division in the UFC apart from Nog who isnt used as a fighter but a spokesmodel.

Both the last elite and afflction shows have better cards than what the UFC slings off the shoe.

...and Dream aint the only fucking jap promotion you dumb cheap kike.
iwannabanghotchicks- October 13, 2008 at 12:03 am
if i tuck my shirt in the front like that will it make me cool like dana?
Vrax- October 12, 2008 at 11:52 pm
@sodak: Dana White has stated that we love to have knees to the head of a downed opponent legalized. The knee/kick thing is not up to Dana, it's up to the state athletic commissions.

To be fair Dana has also said that he doesn't like soccer kicks, and stomps to the head, but feels that because they change the dynamic of fights - particularly with wrestlers - that knees should be allowed. With kicks you can maintain a large (read: boring) distance from the downed fighter while pressing your advantage, but knees require that you get close.
norremo- October 12, 2008 at 11:27 pm
Nice work Dana... you took a complete crap organization with a morale equivalent to EliteXc and did the best with it.

He took the only the best fighters/footage and brought them to the world fight capital Vegas.
Sodak- October 12, 2008 at 11:09 pm
I still hate dana for dismantling pride taking kicks and knees away on the ground is like taking passing away from football. it was a sad sad day.