Versus Network is Officially Back on DirecTV

Written by Tom Ngo
March 15th, 2010

After seven arduous months of negotiations, MMA fans can finally rest at ease knowing the Versus Network is officially back on DirecTV.

“We’re excited that we were able to come to a fair agreement that puts Versus back in millions of homes with DirecTV in time for our busy spring programming schedule,” Versus president Jamie Davis stated. “We look forward to super-serving these fans with NHL regular-season and playoff coverage, our first live UFC event and much more.

“Versus will return to the same DirecTV programming packages it was in at the end of August 2009.”

The edgy network made the announcement Monday afternoon, however their 18 million subscribers could also have turned to channel 603 to see they can once again enjoy Versus programming.

CagePotato.com previously reported that Versus and DirecTV had mended fences, however it would be made available on a special sports tier that would now require customers to PAY a premium for the network’s content.

Thankfully, that’s not the case and all is good in the world of DirecTV and Versus.

“We are pleased that both sides were able to work out a satisfactory deal to bring this programming back to our customers,” DirecTV executive Derek Chang stated.

Unfortunately for WEC brass and fans, the deal wasn’t sealed in time for “WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz” on March 6th. Although the card was action-packed, it was the lowest television numbers the tandem had earned in nearly two years.

Thankfully, Octagon fans can now watch the UFC’s Versus debut, “UFC on Versus: Vera vs. Jones,” on March 21st.

Including this WEC 47, DirecTV customers missed out on a total of five WEC mixed martial arts events.

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