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www-WeLoan-us
3/9/07 8:41:10AM
I’ve passed along a number of recent reports and even an interview in which Dana White hinted at the possibility. But according to Ivan Trembow of MMAWeekly.com, it’s now official: UFC 70 — one of the most-stacked UFC cards in recent history — will air on Spike TV.

The event, which takes place on April 21 and features an international cast of fighters, was originally expected to be a pay-per-view broadcast. Then came news that the event might possibly air on HBO as part of a pending three-event deal with the subscription-cable giant. However, despite the UFC’s optimism that a deal could be struck, negotiations stalled, and the UFC was stuck with few options.

As Trembow stated, UFC 70’s placement on Spike TV was the result of two factors:

The UFC couldn’t air an event on HBO without a deal in place, and
By the time the UFC realized a deal with HBO wasn’t going to happen in time for the event, it was too late to meet the pay-per-view advertising deadlines.
That left Spike TV as the only reasonable alternative, and the snafu resulted in one group of winners.

From MMAWeekly.com:

The winner in this unusual chain of events is clearly the fans, who will be able to watch a PPV-quality event for free on Spike TV.

Although the immediate results are obviously beneficial for fight fans, the long-term prospects of the UFC possibly airing anytime soon on HBO have met a major setback.

With a subscription to HBO running in the neighborhood of $5 to $15 per month depending on your local cable operator, fans could have had a thrifty way of watching the UFC. But based on recent happenings, fans probably shouldn’t get their hopes up.

As Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer stated:

HBO wants full control of the product, and to use its crew and its announcers and cover it like a network broadcast team would cover a major sporting event. UFC doesn’t want to give up its control of the product, wants its own crew to film it, and wants to use its own announcers, who are closer to pro wrestling announcers whose role is to build up the product as opposed to providing detached, objective commentary.

For the full report, check out Trembow’s story at MMAWeekly.com.

UFC 70, which is tentatively scheduled to air at an early time of 2 p.m. ET (due to the time difference with England), includes a fight card of:

UFC 70 — April 21 in Manchester, England (M.E.N. Arena)

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Assuerio Silva vs. Cheick Congo
Andre Arlovski vs. Fabricio Werdum
Michael Bisping vs. Elvis Sinosic
Terry Etim vs. Matt Grice
Jess Liaudin vs. Dennis Siver
Alessio Sakara vs. Victor Valimaki
Ryoto Machida vs. Forrest Griffin
David Lee vs. TBA

Manfred
3/9/07 9:16:03AM
Wow!! That's awesome. Good find and I hope it turns out to be true. I'd heard there were some problems with HBO negotiatoins. Apparently HBO wants to do all the production including cameramen, effects, directing and even COMMENTATORS! That's got to be the deal breaker.

Here's the Link

It's about to 2/3's the way down. Just CTRL+F the word spike
shawneth
3/9/07 10:02:55AM
WOW. DUDE. Im bouncing off walls right now. If i get a confirmed source that this is true, ill probly cry with joy(i hope I dont though).
Manfred
3/9/07 10:22:52AM

Posted by shawneth

WOW. DUDE. Im bouncing off walls right now. If i get a confirmed source that this is true, ill probly cry with joy(i hope I dont though).



It's on UFCjunkie and Sherdog too. No other sources though. Makes sense that two PPVs in the same month would be a bit much.

Question: Don't CC and Werdum have PPV percentages in their contracts? A lot of top guys do, so what does that mean for them?
shawneth
3/9/07 11:59:07AM

Posted by Manfred


Question: Don't CC and Werdum have PPV percentages in their contracts? A lot of top guys do, so what does that mean for them?



Good question... Im not exactly sure of the answer to that. They'll proby get extra money depending on how much many viewers there are.
cowcatcher
3/9/07 12:03:37PM
im pretty sure it was originally set to be on HBO so i dont think PPV percentages even come into play for this event
shawneth
3/9/07 12:29:08PM
heres another question. How will the UFC make money off this event? Will they have a shitload of commercials too? If so, the event willl be so long with commercials.
Manfred
3/9/07 1:49:25PM
The fighters salaries is usually only 20-40% of what they make off the gate. Plus production, staff, medical, ect. they might only lose a little or maybe break even.
Sagat_GSP12
3/9/07 1:55:39PM
Between the endorsement money that will flood in because it's not a pay event and whatever movie and/or Spike show the plus throughout the entire event I'm sure they will make plenty of money. Due to the fighters they will be able to charge more for commercial time. It's just like a playoff game or the Super Bowl.
Broknmunky
3/9/07 3:07:27PM
This is awesome! I hope this comes thru!
AchillesHeel
3/9/07 3:14:58PM


Berti
3/9/07 3:42:30PM
thats hella good news if real, still everyone would have paid 40 dollars for the fights, maybe dana is feeling generous.
waylon_o
3/9/07 3:57:49PM
I'm thinking that maybe they did this because the event lacks an actual main event with a title fight. Though there are some good fights, casual fans won't know Machida, Werdum, and a lot of casual fans in the U.S. still do'nt know Cro Cop
Mayo
3/9/07 3:59:05PM

Posted by shawneth

heres another question. How will the UFC make money off this event? Will they have a shitload of commercials too? If so, the event willl be so long with commercials.


Very good point! Commercials usually account for roughly 25% of a given time slot. That means that a 3 hour event would potentially have almost 1 hour of commercials mixed in... making it a 4 hour event! And the timeslot will be weird... 2pm EST.
Sagat_GSP12
3/9/07 5:57:27PM

Posted by AchillesHeel






LMAO, that says it all.
Trapt1nw0nder
3/9/07 6:22:16PM
it makes sense...i dont think alot of people are gonna buy a ppv at 11 in the morning
mrsumo
3/9/07 11:25:05PM
It's probably just a move by dana to make HBO flinch. If it does end up being on spike that would be awesome. As far as making up for the money, it is kind of like how the superbowl makes money. Having a regular UFC event on tv will draw a much larger audience than other shows, so commercials and sponsor shout outs are going to be much more expensive during that show.

The real question is why are they feeding these guppies to Cro Cop? He is new to the UFC, not to fighting. I don't want to take anyting away from gonzaga, he is on a streak, but wtf was he thinking when he took this fight?

Maybe it's on spike so noone has to pay to see the one sided ass whoopin the main event is going to be.
Northrend
3/9/07 11:43:42PM
I know i sound ungreatfull or w/e but id rather have it on PPV (for me at least)
because I got a bad feeling its gona have so much comercials. Gona make UFN look like nothing compared to the never ending ads.
Broknmunky
3/10/07 8:22:26AM

Posted by Northrend

I know i sound ungreatfull or w/e but id rather have it on PPV (for me at least)
because I got a bad feeling its gona have so much comercials. Gona make UFN look like nothing compared to the never ending ads.



Speak for yourself! Anytime I can see a live fight for free, commercials or not, beats paying for it!
Ydoc
3/10/07 8:26:51AM
Man a lot of people are bugging about the ads. This is a free PPV! This is awesome. Although, it'd be even more awesome if some company came in and bought all the ad space to bring it ad free, like 24 has. But hey, it's free!
Trapt1nw0nder
3/10/07 8:49:44AM

Posted by Northrend

I know i sound ungreatfull or w/e but id rather have it on PPV (for me at least)
because I got a bad feeling its gona have so much comercials. Gona make UFN look like nothing compared to the never ending ads.



since it is at 11am im glad(if its true) that it will be on free tv,even if it had commercials...

but if it was a reg. USA event at regular time(like UFC 69..9pm here) i would rather pay for it than watch the event with commercials on spike....not only because commercials are annoying,but because i tivo all the events and commercials also will take too much harddrive space...so one of those USA events if its gonna be on Free tv i would want it only on HBO commercial-free

plus...to me its only like $4-$5 since me and my friends and family pitch in money to buy the events
Broknmunky
3/10/07 8:57:41AM
I don't care what time of day it is.......free is FREE! Besides, if you're drinking beer and need to use the head then you won't miss nothing. Just my opinion!
Ultimate_fighter
3/10/07 6:35:32PM
Well! That would be awesome, but on the UFC site (UFC.TV) it still says ppv so, don't get ur hopes up. But wouldn't u think that dana would play it smart and ppv it? he would get completley rich off of this one.... CRO COP? ARLOVSKI? BISPING? GRIFFIN? wow!!!!... i hope its on SpikeTV tho...
hippysmacker
3/10/07 6:48:18PM
Since some people wanted confirmation . Dana said this in his new interview on CBS.sportsline.com. I'll paste the relevant part.


Q: What's the latest with HBO, and will UFC 70 be televised on HBO or PPV?

DW: I don't have the deal done yet, but UFC 70 will be on free television. It's going to be a free TV deal for the fans here in the U.S.

Q: Is it going to be on Spike?

DW: Let's see, yup. I'm the one that's always chirping about how all these guys that destroyed boxing. Everything was f------ you've got to pay for this, you've got to pay for that. I don't like to make the fans pay for every fight we have. I like to have a lot of good fights for free, and this is a great fight that we'd be giving to the fans for free.

Q: Is UFC 70 definitely going to be on Spike, or might it be on a different network?

DW: It's probably going to be on Spike.
madmarck
3/10/07 7:35:46PM

Posted by AchillesHeel





Shit man i totally just did that too! UFC PPV not a PPV but on TV would be awesome. But why wouldnt they just call it UFN 10? O well who cares Free MMA!
scoozna
3/10/07 10:47:31PM

Posted by Broknmunky

I don't care what time of day it is.......free is FREE! Besides, if you're drinking beer and need to use the head then you won't miss nothing. Just my opinion!



That's about right...spoken like a true fan.
hippysmacker
3/10/07 11:16:32PM

Posted by Broknmunky

I don't care what time of day it is.......free is FREE! Besides, if you're drinking beer and need to use the head then you won't miss nothing. Just my opinion!



I'll second that. Free is always good. Withthe UFC reportedly planning 30 shows next in the next year, this could be the beginning of something awesome for all us fans
loller90278
3/10/07 11:33:44PM

Posted by Northrend

I know i sound ungreatfull or w/e but id rather have it on PPV (for me at least)
because I got a bad feeling its gona have so much comercials. Gona make UFN look like nothing compared to the never ending ads.



the ppvs already have too much advertisement.. i dont want to see SHOOTER, drink MICKEYS and whatever else they spam every 2 minutes

www-WeLoan-us
3/13/07 9:18:01AM
Its official UFC 70 on SPIKE TV woohooooo
loller90278
3/13/07 1:55:14PM
five bucks UFC takes it too far and ruins mma.
mma will not survive with ufc domination.
mark my words!
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