Iíll give props to Spike because they did take a chance and Iím happy for them it worked out as long as it did. I came across TUF 1 by chance and was wondering what the hell it was. My wife and I were watching a lot of reality tv at the time so I figure meh Iím bored, itís raining and Iíll see what happens. By the end of the episode when two guys were actually going to fight I was hooked! Spike needed content (and does so even more now) but I still give them credit for the part they played in what is the exposure that MMA gets today. I think if they would not have started sticking their fingers into fighter selection UFC and spike would still be in business, but thatís how things go.
Bellator would be a good fit for them, but as other posters have mentioned in Canada we got lots of sports dedicated channels that carry TUF, Bellator and a few others so I donít know what Spike is going to do now. One more Star Wars marathon and I may turn off the TV for good, but probably Iíll just try to drop Spike from my channels.