The Friday Night War Begins as SpikeTV Lures Back Kimbo For a Slice of The Ultimate Ratings!
Kimbo will reportedly share not only details, but also new footage from “The Ultimate Fighter Season 10,” in which he, Brendan Schaub, Matt Mitrione and eventual TUF Champion Roy Nelson competed. The heavyweights-only season of the UFC’s reality series shattered previous records and averaged a whopping 3.4 million weekly viewers.
The weekly three-hour specials are designed to counter-program new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 15” on F/X, as Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays” will feature full episodes and themed specials from the first 14 seasons of the show. As part of the lucrative seven-year deal between Zuffa-owned UFC and FOX, future seasons of “The Ultimate Fighter” moved to the FOX-owned FX Network. “The Ultimate Fighter 15” features lightweight fighters who are coached by UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, and will feature live fights at the conclusion of each episode.
This can’t go on forever, or even past December 31st of this year, as Spike owns the rights to re-broadcast UFC shows and footage until the end of this year.
Our own Hustler De Tuti Hustlers Paul Heyman wrote a blog about how the networks (amazingly so, SpikeTV again) are the real puppet-masters in a war such as this, when he looked at the new Monday Night War (which didn’t last long) between Spike (and their executives) and USA Network (and their executives).
You can read Paul’s insight as to how wars like this are fought and won (and lost) HERE
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