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UFC to Twice Air Live on Versus in 2010

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Versus, home of the WEC since June 2007, will begin carrying live UFC events in 2010 as part of a renewal agreement with Zuffa that will bring a total of seven WEC and two UFC events live to cable sports network next year, according to VERSUS.com.

Spike TV had previously been the exclusive cable channel for the UFC and the first UFC on Versus event will be the first time the UFC has aired an event live outside of Spike TV since the two partnered for The Ultimate Fighter in 2005.

Details of the first UFC event on Versus are to be announced.

The new agreement, which will also allow Versus digital media rights to stream preliminary WEC fights on VERSUS.com, can essentially put to rest rumors of Zuffa folding the WEC and sending its fighters to the UFC at least for the near future.

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Post #1   12/14/09 10:46:04AM   

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anybody know if these events will only air on versus? Im hope they air on spike as well because i don't have versus.

Post #2   12/14/09 12:37:26PM   

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They could be airing on both spike and verses, at least i hope they do. I'm in Nova Scotia and the only time we have access to VS is when TSN2 picks something up (either hockey or WEC). It would make sense for them to air on both since not everyone has access to it.

Post #3   12/14/09 12:43:51PM   

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Posted by mjmacdon

They could be airing on both spike and verses, at least i hope they do. I'm in Nova Scotia and the only time we have access to VS is when TSN2 picks something up (either hockey or WEC). It would make sense for them to air on both since not everyone has access to it.



Does rogers even carry TSN 2 anymore though, i know it used to be channel 401 but its just a preview channel now

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DIRECTTV SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post #5   12/14/09 1:01:18PM   

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Can this versus free UFC start with UFC 108 since it will be in 2010, because there is no way im paying $45 to see UFC 108.


I doubt that it will air on Spike and Versus.

Post #6   12/14/09 1:06:28PM   

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Can this versus free UFC start with UFC 108 since it will be in 2010, because there is no way im paying $45 to see UFC 108.


I doubt that it will air on Spike and Versus.




go to BW 3, enjoy some good wings and beer, and watch the fights without paying for it. problem solved

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I get TSN2 with bell-aliant, it's channel 100 or 99 here. They haven't shown a live WEC ppv though since brown-faber 2. All replays now. I'd expect the same once they start airing UFC on VS.

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Posted by mjmacdon

I get TSN2 with bell-aliant, it's channel 100 or 99 here. They haven't shown a live WEC ppv though since brown-faber 2. All replays now. I'd expect the same once they start airing UFC on VS.



They need to get away from spike, but Versus is not the right direction.

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Hmmmm... Interesting turn of events, I would have liked to see WEC start airing some events on spike, rather then UFC on versus, but UFC will bring new viewers to versus who will, in turn, discover WEC...

To those hoping to see the events broadcast on both channels. Unless they are owned by the same parent company there is no chance of that. Even if they are sister companies they would never broadcast simultaneously and divide viewers between too channels, maybe replays but never at the same time...

Zuffa, I am glad you are working hard to expand your product, but STOP, and refocus your work on a national channel or a premium channel (HBO,Fox, NBC, ETC) Thank you...

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vs seems like a step in the wrong direction if you ask me too many people dont have it

Post #11   12/15/09 12:37:59PM