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Further solidifying the rift between the UFC and its longtime cable partner, Spike TV today announced counter-programming for the UFC's debut on network TV.

On Nov. 12, Spike TV will air a "UFC Unleashed" marathon – dubbed "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez: Unleashed for the Heavyweight Title" – featuring past fights with UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.

Not surprisingly, the marathon begins just as Velasquez and Dos Santos fight at UFC on FOX 1, the UFC's first show on network TV.

The event kicks off a monumental seven-year deal between the UFC and FOX. As part of the deal, which includes four annual events on FOX, other UFC programming such as "The Ultimate Fighter" and UFC Fight Night events will move from Spike TV to FOX-owned FX and FUEL TV.

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Post #1   9/26/11 11:49:06AM   

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yeah your not going up agianst VS anymore. This is Fox and anyone who watches football (the UFC demo in a nutshell) is aware that fight is going down.

Post #2   9/26/11 12:01:58PM   

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Spike's playing with fire on this one, imo.

I've grown to despise them (Spike) actually. They should rename themselves, "The 1001st Way to Die".

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Good luck spike, you not bringing down a free championship fight with old film. They would be better off running a Steven Seagal marathon

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Posted by prophecy033

Good luck spike, you not bringing down a free championship fight with old film. They would be better off running a Steven Seagal marathon




I rather see a John Claude Van Damme marathon instead

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Posted by emfleek

Spike's playing with fire on this one, imo.

I've grown to despise them (Spike) actually. They should rename themselves, "The 1001st Way to Die".


And then CSI will come in for a marathon to investigate all 1001 deaths.

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Posted by prophecy033

Good luck spike, you not bringing down a free championship fight with old film. They would be better off running a Steven Seagal marathon



They're playing to the extreme casual fans here. Those fans already know to tune into Spike for MMA. Now, even if they've heard that JDS will be fighting Cain that night, they'll check spike and sure enough "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez" will be there in black and white. By the time, they realize that this isn't a build up to the fight, the Fox event will be over. I think it will work to a certain degree. People who don't follow the sport closely can be fooled easily. I used to work with a guy that would ask if I'd seen the UFC the night before. He'd say it anxiously, knowing that I liked to discuss MMA with him. I'd say, "do you mean Affliction?", assuming he thinks everything MMA was UFC. He'd say, "no, the UFC on Spike last night". I'd tell him that it was a taped replay of a previous event. Until he looked it up on the internet, he wouldn't believe me that it wasn't live. I've seen it first hand...people will get confused and/or fooled. UFC and Fox should advertise the shit out of the event, if they want to minimize the damage from Spike. The casual fans make up a majority of the audience...and they've been watching the UFC on Spike ever since they began tuning in.

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Sorry, Spike. FOX will have my full attention that night.

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this looks like a job for captain DVR!

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Posted by prophecy033

Good luck spike, you not bringing down a free championship fight with old film. They would be better off running a Steven Seagal marathon



They're playing to the extreme casual fans here. Those fans already know to tune into Spike for MMA. Now, even if they've heard that JDS will be fighting Cain that night, they'll check spike and sure enough "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez" will be there in black and white. By the time, they realize that this isn't a build up to the fight, the Fox event will be over. I think it will work to a certain degree. People who don't follow the sport closely can be fooled easily. I used to work with a guy that would ask if I'd seen the UFC the night before. He'd say it anxiously, knowing that I liked to discuss MMA with him. I'd say, "do you mean Affliction?", assuming he thinks everything MMA was UFC. He'd say, "no, the UFC on Spike last night". I'd tell him that it was a taped replay of a previous event. Until he looked it up on the internet, he wouldn't believe me that it wasn't live. I've seen it first hand...people will get confused and/or fooled. UFC and Fox should advertise the shit out of the event, if they want to minimize the damage from Spike. The casual fans make up a majority of the audience...and they've been watching the UFC on Spike ever since they began tuning in.

if these same casual fans watch football on FOX, they will surely know about the fight on FOX

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I don't blame Spike at all. I would do it to if I was them.

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Posted by prophecy033


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Good luck spike, you not bringing down a free championship fight with old film. They would be better off running a Steven Seagal marathon



They're playing to the extreme casual fans here. Those fans already know to tune into Spike for MMA. Now, even if they've heard that JDS will be fighting Cain that night, they'll check spike and sure enough "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez" will be there in black and white. By the time, they realize that this isn't a build up to the fight, the Fox event will be over. I think it will work to a certain degree. People who don't follow the sport closely can be fooled easily. I used to work with a guy that would ask if I'd seen the UFC the night before. He'd say it anxiously, knowing that I liked to discuss MMA with him. I'd say, "do you mean Affliction?", assuming he thinks everything MMA was UFC. He'd say, "no, the UFC on Spike last night". I'd tell him that it was a taped replay of a previous event. Until he looked it up on the internet, he wouldn't believe me that it wasn't live. I've seen it first hand...people will get confused and/or fooled. UFC and Fox should advertise the shit out of the event, if they want to minimize the damage from Spike. The casual fans make up a majority of the audience...and they've been watching the UFC on Spike ever since they began tuning in.

if these same casual fans watch football on FOX, they will surely know about the fight on FOX



I'm sure "some" people have seen that. There will still be plenty of people tuning into Spike that night though. Realistically, there is really no reason to watch Spike over Fox that night. I can't think of one. Spike will still do halfway decent numbers though, mark my word. And for every person watching Spike, it was a missed opportunity to watch something much better, had they known better.

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Good luck spike, you not bringing down a free championship fight with old film. They would be better off running a Steven Seagal marathon



They're playing to the extreme casual fans here. Those fans already know to tune into Spike for MMA. Now, even if they've heard that JDS will be fighting Cain that night, they'll check spike and sure enough "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez" will be there in black and white. By the time, they realize that this isn't a build up to the fight, the Fox event will be over. I think it will work to a certain degree. People who don't follow the sport closely can be fooled easily. I used to work with a guy that would ask if I'd seen the UFC the night before. He'd say it anxiously, knowing that I liked to discuss MMA with him. I'd say, "do you mean Affliction?", assuming he thinks everything MMA was UFC. He'd say, "no, the UFC on Spike last night". I'd tell him that it was a taped replay of a previous event. Until he looked it up on the internet, he wouldn't believe me that it wasn't live. I've seen it first hand...people will get confused and/or fooled. UFC and Fox should advertise the shit out of the event, if they want to minimize the damage from Spike. The casual fans make up a majority of the audience...and they've been watching the UFC on Spike ever since they began tuning in.

if these same casual fans watch football on FOX, they will surely know about the fight on FOX



I'm sure "some" people have seen that. There will still be plenty of people tuning into Spike that night though. Realistically, there is really no reason to watch Spike over Fox that night. I can't think of one. Spike will still do halfway decent numbers though, mark my word. And for every person watching Spike, it was a missed opportunity to watch something much better, had they known better.

oh, I'm sure spike will have ok numbers but nowhere near that of FOX. Look, I would be doing the same as spike but I would also know that its futile.

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They would be better off showing some Brock fights in my opinion.

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Good luck spike, you not bringing down a free championship fight with old film. They would be better off running a Steven Seagal marathon



They're playing to the extreme casual fans here. Those fans already know to tune into Spike for MMA. Now, even if they've heard that JDS will be fighting Cain that night, they'll check spike and sure enough "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez" will be there in black and white. By the time, they realize that this isn't a build up to the fight, the Fox event will be over. I think it will work to a certain degree. People who don't follow the sport closely can be fooled easily. I used to work with a guy that would ask if I'd seen the UFC the night before. He'd say it anxiously, knowing that I liked to discuss MMA with him. I'd say, "do you mean Affliction?", assuming he thinks everything MMA was UFC. He'd say, "no, the UFC on Spike last night". I'd tell him that it was a taped replay of a previous event. Until he looked it up on the internet, he wouldn't believe me that it wasn't live. I've seen it first hand...people will get confused and/or fooled. UFC and Fox should advertise the shit out of the event, if they want to minimize the damage from Spike. The casual fans make up a majority of the audience...and they've been watching the UFC on Spike ever since they began tuning in.

if these same casual fans watch football on FOX, they will surely know about the fight on FOX



I'm sure "some" people have seen that. There will still be plenty of people tuning into Spike that night though. Realistically, there is really no reason to watch Spike over Fox that night. I can't think of one. Spike will still do halfway decent numbers though, mark my word. And for every person watching Spike, it was a missed opportunity to watch something much better, had they known better.

oh, I'm sure spike will have ok numbers but nowhere near that of FOX. Look, I would be doing the same as spike but I would also know that its futile.



Well, of coarse it won't be close. Fox vs a cable network is apples and oranges. Spike will steal a little thunder though.

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