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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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UFC Media Call Tommorrow to coincide with Couture's Press Conference


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.

MMAjunkie.com (UFC news, UFC rumors, UFC gossip, MMA news, UFC fighter interviews and event previews and recaps - MMAjunkie.com (formerly UFCjunkie.com)) 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.

I wonder what the new TV Deal is. Even though rumors are that the deal is dead on both sides, I'm wondering if it is HBO. Unless it's a major network TV deal
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 06:41 PM
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hopefull its an extension with spike, getting on espn would be huge but i doubt that, i just dont want them to do HBO cause i dont get it
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its prob a renew with spike.....possibly espn or even a new fight network

should be interesting

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It's gotta be Spike, Spike TV has nothing without the UFC cept a bunch of Cop shows and automotive shows. Nothing too spectacular I say.
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I hope it's with Spike too. Spike have been great for the UFC, and vice versa. Hopefully the UFC is remembering that when they made the deal. Some loyalty would be nice.

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spike or g4 would be great
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I read something a couple of weeks ago that the UFC and ESPN were negotiating on some sort of TV Deal.
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Yeah, it has to be a bigger deal than just a Spike renewal. I think the way their deal is structured, they could be put on a mainstream network or something like an ESPN or HBO. Hopefully it's one of those three, cuz it will get to an even bigger mainstream audience that way.

It would be sick for them to announce a live fight card on ESPN or something like that.
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I think ESPN has a bunch of arrogant morons on sports center and the way they have treated the UFC if I was Dana I would make them all lick my balls before I made a deal with them, hell Id go to FSN first.

That said business is business and maybe they did work a deal but if they did just watch how all the assholes at ESPN change there mind about MMA and start calling it the next great sport.

HBO would be the best deal for the UFC but we herd thats dead. I would still like to see a mma network put together.

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I kind of hope its not ESPN. Unless they get people there who know about MMA...I ripped Michael Wilbon a new one in an email I sent to him after watching PTI and he said Randy Couture leaving the UFC is not a big loss since he didnt have "that great of a record" and wasnt an "established fighter"
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