UFC to Announce New TV Deal; Media Call to Coincide With Randy Couture’s Press Conference
Posted by MMA Junkie on October 24, 2007 at 2:58 pm ET
The UFC will hold a media conference call tomorrow to announce a new television deal. And whether it’s mere coincidence or a calculated maneuver, the UFC will begin the call 30 minutes before Randy Couture’s press conference kicks off in Las Vegas.
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) learned of the call this afternoon.
In addition to the new TV deal, UFC President Dana White will discuss the signing of heavyweight Brock Lesnar, as well as a UFC 79 fight between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva — a fight that White announced Tuesday night on Spike TV.
No information about the new TV deal is known at this time.
The UFC’s call begins at 4 p.m. ET. Over the weekend, UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, who abruptly resigned from the organization earlier this month, announced that he would hold a press conference on the same day at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Couture said he would use the media event to explain why he left his posts as a UFC fighter, part-time commentator, and legislative ambassador. Although Couture has cited the UFC’s inability to sign top free agent Fedor Emelianenko as a reason for the resignation, the 44-year-old UFC hall-of-famer is also unhappy about his per-fight salary compared to other fighters’ paydays, including recent signees from the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships. Couture claims White lied to him about what other fighters are making.
Couture is also expected to address a report that claims he makes between $3.25 million and $3.75 million per fight — figures that Couture denies.
HDNet will carry the press conference beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The event will be shown as a part of a special live edition of “Inside MMA,” an original weekly MMA news program that airs on HDNet.