Looks like UFC and Spike TV aren't playing nice again. It started when Spike would no longer broadcast the UFC 72 show as a free event (as they did with their last international effort, UFC 70 in England) forcing UFC to put the event on PPV despite a strong PPV-worthy card.
Recently it was announced that Noah Thomas and Marlon Sims would be the opening bout of the Ultimate Fighter 5 live finale', rematching “the most technical street fight ever” from the reality show. Dana White disagrees.
Steve Sievert from The Houston Chronicle to ask Dana why they're rematching a street fight that got the fighters kicked off the show.
Dana White said the following:
They’re not fighting on the finale. Not only are they not fighting in the finale, they’ll never fight in the UFC. Spike wanted that fight. It ain’t gonna happen. No (expletive) way is that fight going to happen. Those guys will never fight in the UFC – ever.
Sam Caplan of CBS Sportsline is reporting on his Five Ounces of Pain blog that Spike TV has confirmed that the Thomas-Sims bout has indeed been cancelled.
I hope UFC has that ESPN or HBO deal lined up soon.