News from the Junkie on UFC 85:
The UFC hasn’t announced broadcast plans for the event, but MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was told by a source close to the organization that UFC 85 had been pitched as a possible Spike TV broadcast. The cable station’s executives are expected to make a decision as to whether they’ll carry the event soon.
You gotta figure that Chuck Liddell + Brock Lesnar = $$$ in Spike TV executives’ eyes. They did pretty damn well with UFC75, and that was just Quinton Jackson and Mirko Crocop. Since Chuck and Brock are about 10 times more popular, I can’t imagine what the ratings would be like for that one.
Of course, factor in the fact that the UFC must know they’re passing up a 600k PPV, so the pricetag is probably pretty hefty.