Courtesy of MMAFanhouse:
UFC president Dana Whiteguaranteed Tuesday that the UFC will secure a network television deal by Sept. 15, 2010.
The UFC last week announced a network television deal with FIVE in the UK, but the program is only a best-of hour-long show. A US television deal would call for live fights.
"I'll put on one a quarter," White said on The DAM Morning Showon X107.5 in Las Vegas. "One that should have been on pay-per-view, except we'll put it on network TV."
When you really think about it, it's not that bold of a prediction considering that the UFC is constantly talking with different television networks. I'm loving the 4 'ppv quality' events per year on network television as well. The UFC routinely pulls in a couple of million viewers on Spike TV with their Ultimate Fight Night events without using their superstars. So I'm sure they would be able to do well ratings wise with some middle tier stars like say Rich Franklin. The question I'd like to ask is which UFC fighters would make the broadcast on a network television show? Would it be the George St. Pierre's, Brock Lesnar's, or the Rich Franklin's and Anderson Silva's? The UFC is showing that they are willing to put some larger names on tv with Randy Couture headlining UFC 105 which will air on Spike TV. However, that's a special case in and of itself, so it remains to be seen how they'll handle those card. I wonder which network will become the home of the UFC?