Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Spike Plans To Counter Program UFC On Fox Debut

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Things continue to get dirty between the UFC and Spike TV as today Spike announced plans to counter program the UFC's debut on the Fox television network that will feature a heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, with their own UFC: Unleashed marathon featuring past bouts featuring Velasquez and Dos Santos.

It's a dirty trick employed by the UFC themselves when they were in good with Spike. Multiple times other promotions would be hosting PPV events and the UFC would air one of their own PPV's from weeks prior free on Spike and it typically worked every time, forcing any potential challenger out of buisness.

The Spike show will be dubbed “Dos Santos vs. Velasquez: Unleashed for the Heavyweight Title” and will air in the same time slot as the UFC Heavyweight Title fight on Fox.

There also isn't much the UFC can do about it. Spike owns the rights to the UFC library through 2012 so their only option is to offer up a boat load of money to buy those rights back.

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