Report: UFC in Serious Talks with CBS to Air MMA on Network Television During Prime Time

Written by Tim Ngo
November 9th, 2007

UFC President Dana White

With the writers’ strike currently ongoing in the entertainment industry, CBS is rumored to be in discussions with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, “CBS is talking with UFC about producing one or more prime time network specials. The writers strike is making the talks more serious, because the network would be in need of first-run unscripted prime time programming when the shows on the schedule run out of fresh episodes.”

During a recent UFC conference call, Dana White said they were working on another huge television deal.

Everyone believed the deal he was alluding to was with ESPN, but White squashed that saying, “as far as doing fights on ESPN, no. We’re with Spike.”

If CBS and the UFC are able to come to terms, it would be a giant leap for mixed martial arts and it’s ever-growing fan base.

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