Every time a UFC happens the media gets a chance to pin Dana White down and ask for updates on the dozens of things going on in Zuffaland. This UFC, we’ve got an update on the current situation between the UFC and Spike.
“Again, what The Wall Street Journal put out and what everyone is saying, none of that stuff is true. People are out there speculating about what’s going on. We have no deal with anybody. We’re out there talking to everybody. So I don’t buy into that stuff, but when deals are done and everybody does what they’re going to do, then we’ll see what happens.”
But a source at Spike, speaking on the condition of anonymity, indicated that the company has essentially abandoned any notion of a new deal with the UFC, since it believes the UFC is “very close to a deal with G4.”
“They want their own channel, and this is an opportunity for their own channel,” the source said.
As for the programming moves, it’s “pretty obvious why we’re doing what we’re doing,” the source said, but it hasn’t resulted in any animosity between UFC and Spike employees.
“We’re all just doing our jobs,” said the source.
Who knows if Mystery Source from Spike knows what’s what, but for what it’s worth MMAFighting.com is generally more reliable than MiddleEasy and it’s Sunday Morning Rumor Mills, so there’s that. Here’s just hoping that ‘a deal with G4’ means a deal with all of Comcast to do crazy UFC madness on G4, Versus, NBC, USA, and on and on and on. If it’s just G4 and Versus, then I’m gonna do some armpit farts and start looking for a new sport to blog about because that just ain’t gonna get things done. It’ll be the worst TV decision the UFC has ever made … like ION times a bazillion.