On the latest edition of HDNet’s “Inside MMA,” company chairman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced he and UFC president Dana White have finally kissed and made up after several sticky years of informal competition. Their agreement grants the high definition network access to all Octagon events, including fight highlights.
“Dana and I have had some disagreements at the business level,” Cuban said. “Because of those … HDNet hasn’t had access to UFC events. We weren’t able to be at the weigh-ins. We didn’t have press credentials. We didn’t get video [footage] after the fights.
“So Dana and I have been talking the past few months and we kind of came to some agreement and worked things out.”
Cuban founded HDNet in 2001 and launched the HDNet Fights brand in 2007 with the hopes of promoting future fight shows. Although they hosted two original events, HDNet Fights has ultimately become an outlet for the UFC’s rivals, including Dream, Sengoku, King of the Cage and others.
The charismatic entrepreneur started schmoozing White and his wife when they held UFC 103 at Dallas’ American Airline Center one year ago. After some more friendly back and forth banter, the two figureheads finally came to terms.
“We’ve always gotten along great, but it always came down to some business points,” Cuban added. “We worked those things out. I’m looking forward to doing a lot more with them.”
Cuban added they were hoping to provide on-site weigh-in and preview shows for all major UFC events.