Just because you haven’t heard much talk about it recently doesn’t mean it’s not happening; a potential deal between the UFC and HBO is not only still in the works, according to UFC president Dana White, but it’s likely to be closed soon.
White’s most recent comments appear in an new article at TVWeek.com:
One deal Mr. White says won’t take long to complete is the UFC’s programming agreement with HBO, noting, “It will happen.” He said the HBO series of fights would be used to complement programming on Spike (which has exclusivity on the UFC on basic cable) and the PPV events.
“What we’re doing is going to get guys started on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ where they can then progress to a show like ‘UFC Fight Night’ before landing on HBO. HBO would then give them the opportunity for a title shot on PPV,” he said.
The article also discussed the upcoming fall launch of the UFC’s new syndicated show, “UFC Wired.” In order to read the article in its entirety, just click here.