Kelly Kahl sounds like a great guy. I'd bet on CBS doing well with MMA.
1. He admits that they pretty much screwed up with the event in terms of card and rules/referees. It sounds to me like corporate-talk for him saying that he needs to take a closer at the product, card, promoter, and production.
2. He talks about it as a success in other ways: got viewers, got advertisers, and got it thru CBS. OK, the card itself was, in retrospect to him, probably closer to professional wrestling and gladiator stuff than best-of-class MMA. Oops.
3. While I don't know the politics/business, it sounds like he can't get a deal with UFC so he's trying to work around that. And that some of the complaining has to do with not getting access to UFC but some of it has to do with them not properly delivering the goods this time. Which he admits.
Here's a question (that I've asked elsewhere). Do MMA rules merit any refinement as the sport moves into the mainstream? I'm thinking some time limiting of time on the ground to limit ground and pound.