Dana White has been “no commenting” a lot during recent weeks. Especially when it came to the details of a potential deal arising quickly with FOX Network.
Offers have been piling up on the table.
Already negotiating a contract renewal with SpikeTV, the UFC also had new offers coming in from CBS, Comcast, and another unique opportunity to overtake the G4 network and turn the channel into a 24/7 MMA network.
Then the UFC then received an out of the park offer from FOX. A seven-year deal worth over $100 million annually. This includes four prime time, LIVE event broadcasts per year on FOX, and great time slots for the hit TV show The Ultimate Fighter. on the network channel and Fox Sports channels.
“The Fox deal accelerated at 100 mph in recent months.”
- Dana White (UFC President)
Exposure for MMA and then UFC is continuing to skyrocket, and as mixed martial arts becomes more of a mainstream sports it’s clear that the sky’s the limit.
The UFC’s debut broadcast event on FOX will be from the Honda Center in Anaheim ,CA on November 12th, 2011.
He’s the breakout star of 2011, and at UFC 135, light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will look to finish out the year with another spectacular victory when he defends his belt against his toughest challenge yet, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Watch UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage Live on Pay-Per-View and www.UFC.tv on Saturday, Sept 24th at 6/9pm PT/ET.
BIG NIGHT for Brazil as they host the first UFC event since 1998 in the birthplace of Brazilian Jiu jitsu, and a modern corner-stone for mixed martial arts!
BIG NOG Antonio Minatauro Nogueira introduces Brendan Schaub to a fight with a Champion.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua takes the fight to Forrest Griffin.