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The UFC Channel

Jeez, is ESPN trying to spoil all of the UFC’s surprises? First they ran the results from UFC 120 in their sports ticker before the event played in North America, and now they’re spilling the beans on what Dana White’s announcement is going to be today:

According to ESPN’s “Pardon the Interuption”, the UFC is set to make another major announcement. Their own TV Network, not a TV deal an entire network that will run UFC programing the entire day.

When host Michael Wilbon made the announcement, his co-host Tony Kornheiser pointed out that his current cable provider already has “75,000? channels and plenty of room for the UFC.

The NFL network has paid off big dividends for the countries biggest sport and the New York Yankees  “Yes Network” is estimated to be worth over $3 Billion. The Yes network is worth four times it’s original worth since it’s inception six years ago, according to the New York Times.

If the UFC does decide today to announce the network, it is possible that we could see a channel that will feature some of the UFC, PRIDE FC and WEC’s past events running twenty-four hours a day along with a ton of new shows that are focused on the companies’ past events.

We’ll still have to wait until 1pm EST for White to share the exact details on what form the channel will take – will it be some kind of extensive On Demand channel? Will it show the latest PPVs a week or two after air date? Do we get foreign events live with this? What about prelim fights? This could be the coolest thing ever (ie a reasonably priced Netflix-type app for XBox and PS3 that lets you watch nearly everything) or very lame (an overpriced channel only available in 10% of the country that becomes a dumping ground for Best of PRIDE and UFC Unleashed reruns).

*UPDATE* ESPN wuz wrong!

  • frickshun says:

    I’ve got a bonerrrrrrr

  • Omomatta says:

    There’s already a UFC channel for ROKU, but it’s linked through your membership.

  • G Funk says:

    Dare I say that would be too much MMA?!

  • fightlinker says:

    What do you get on the UFC roku channel?

  • AngryChina says:

    LOL you guys got tricked by smoke screens. The once astute fightlinker has now fallen in with a hive mentality. Subo is leading the charge in the devolution of fight linking. WEC merger.

  • G Funk says:

    Holy Chit, the opiate master is back!

  • glassjawsh says:

    now we just need a take it easy sighting

  • Letibleu says:

    WEC is folding into UFC roster January 2011.

  • scissors61 says:

    WEC merger is SO much more badass than a damn TV channel. Dana and co, ya done good

  • EireenH says:

    I certainly believe that the best talent is believing that you can do something.Do you know Marion Jones?She’s famous in the field of running and she received many awards.But it seemed that fate played on her.Marion Jones was at the pinnacle of athletic achievement. Her fall from grace, though, is what she is unfortunately best known for. Instead of attending the 2008 Olympics, Marion Jones spent six months in federal jail. This jail sentence was for lying about drug use. There’s a brand new publication, co-written by Marion Jones, which covers her experience. The prison sentence is just one topic covered in “On The Right Track.”

  • iamphoenix says:

    cool. i can’t wait until they get this going. i mean, 24/7 UFC and shit?! that’s awesome. i wonder if AFN is going to air this as well. i won’t have to look up fights online anymore as much because it’s gonna be all right there. ever since the NFL got there own network other major sports league got one. The UFC is joining the big dogs. HDnet is getting some stiff competition now.

    i’m so excited! yyyeeeeahhH!!! best day ever!!! the UFC finally pulled through with a big announcement. this makes my day.

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