Adam Swift of MMAPayout.com writes the following about a potential deal between the UFC and CBS to televise a portion of UFC 81 on February 2:
For whatever it’s worth, based on conversations between MMAPayout.com and multiple sources within the industry, there seems to be a growing belief that the UFC-CBS deal has stalled or fallen apart altogether. At the very least there seems to be an emerging consensus that the deal won’t be in place in time for UFC 81 as has been rumored.
Swift is quick to clarify that his sources are not direct parties to the negotiations and that we should take it for what it’s worth.
However, where there’s smoke, there is fire. Several sources reported earlier this month that a deal was either imminent or was on the verge of being finalized. Well, the month is almost over and there’s been no hint of an announcement.