Spike TV Remains Thorn in UFC’s Side

Written by Tom Ngo
December 20th, 2011

UFC Light Heavyweight Forrest Griffin

The UFC may have scored a blockbuster broadcasting deal with FOX and their family of networks, but Spike TV is proving to be the ex-girlfriend that refuses to go away. Starting on March 2nd, the Octagon’s former home of freebie fights will kick off “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays.”

The three-hour programming block will begin at 9PM ET/PT and feature “the greatest episodes” from the first 14 seasons of the reality show.

Spike also intends to air special-themed editions of “The Ultimate Fighter Fridays” with input from fans via Facebook and Twitter. Details on how the network plans to include viewer participation will be announced shortly.

Coincidentally (wink-wink), TUF will be taking their talents to FX starting March 9th. Brand new episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter 15” will air on successive Fridays.

The UFC’s new deal with FOX officially kicks off on January 1st, 2012. However, a Spike TV representative informed 5thRound.com that the network still has access to “The Ultimate Fighter,” “UFC Unleashed” and various “UFC Fight Nights” and pay-per-view footage through December 31st, 2012.

Earlier this month, Spike announced they would counter-program “UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis,” the organization’s second live event on primetime television, with an eight-hour marathon of “UFC Unleashed: Evans vs. Davis.”

(Pictured: Forrest Griffin, winner of TUF 1)

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