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Report: Rumors of UFC talks to replace EliteXC on CBS

According a report by television reporter Michael Pope in Friday’s edition of the New York Post, CBS is re-thinking its current mixed martial arts programming plans.

Pope writes that CBS was “shocked” by how poorly its July 26 edition of “Saturday Night Fights” performed in the ratings following a strong debut on May 31.

Despite the poor results, the article indicates that CBS intends to remain committed to MMA in primetime. However, it’s uncertain whether that level of commitment will extend to its current content partner, EliteXC.

That’s because the Post is claiming that “rumors” have surfaced that CBS is once again involved in discussions with the UFC about signing a broadcast deal, one that would undoubtedly force EliteXC off the Tiffany network’s airwaves.

Pope does not indicate where these “rumors” are coming from and neither the UFC or CBS are quoted in the article. It should also be noted that the first set of talks between the UFC and CBS broke down last December in large part because CBS reportedly wanted an equity stake in the UFC and because the network was also unwilling to sacrifice control over the production of the proposed broadcasts. In order for a deal between the UFC and CBS to be agreed upon, one of the two parties would have to make major concessions in their demands.

  • JD says:

    WOW! is all i can say if this is pans out and the rumors of randy coming back are true. Kiss everybody else goody bye because there would be no touching the ufc for a long time

  • Jeremy says:

    The bad news keeps coming for EliteXC. I do really think they have a decent product though if they can keep it alive.

  • OddTom says:

    CBS really shouldn’t be shocked. They had millions of eyeballs on the first show. They would still have just as many and more had the first show not been a complete Gary Shaw Productions Trainwreck ™. The following show had great fights and a slicker production, but first impressions count for everything.

  • fightfan says:

    That would kick so much ass in so many different ways!!! Even CBS realizes what a rickety ship EliteXC is steering. I hope they realize that Kimbo on the main card for every event possible against the oldest, most out of shape, recognizable names in mma is not the image of mma, nor the ratings they could get with the UFC.

    I really hope this is true. I am just so curious to see just how many viewers the UFC could get on FREE tv!! If circus freakshow can get 6 million….I would bet that if the UFC stacked the first card on CBS they could draw double that, easily

  • warcry says:

    If true. Turn out the lights the party’s over.

  • el boxeo says:

    its amazing that cbs choose to show this free fight when it was going up against cotto v. margartio…. that probally did like 400k plus buys and while i know thats boxing and not mma.. its a combat sport and many of my friends that casually watch combat sports choose to watch the boxing fight….

    why didnt they have this show weeks later when nothing was on is beside me…

  • jj says:

    prediction: wont happen, like every other tv deal dana white has ever been involved with other than spike.

  • fightfan says:

    Also….If CBS shuts out their relationship with Elitexc, I give ELite 6 months unitl they are done.

    And if/when this happens I would put money on it that Kimbo does not pursue a career in mma. Because after this last donkey match he has to fight real fighters of a competitive age. I put money that Kimbo goes on to WWE or TNA. Kimbo is spectacle, sure, but a mma fighter, not really. When he is forced to actually fight he will choose scripted wrestling over real fights

  • defshepard says:

    Shocking, why am I not surprised at all. EliteXC’s awful freakshow is not cutting it.CBS realizes this and is now going for UFC, for the real deal, and real ratings. If this goes through, lights out EliteXC, I give you about six months at the most. UFC on CBS? Then it will only be UFC and nobody else. Nuff said.

  • Cathedron says:

    Waitaminute… what this says to me is that the UFC may be one step closer to buying EliteXC.

  • saerbarnet says:

    Cathedron: Would UFC really benefit from throwing money at the owners of EliteXC (Pro Elite or W/E they’re called)?
    I don’t really see what EXC has that UFC desperately needs. Sure there are some names they could pick up and make into stars but it’s not like they have anything huge that the UFC might need.

  • Goomba says:

    CBS would be giving up a lot, the UFC won’t give up any production rights, they are already doing well on Spike. From what I hear, they get rights to 500,000 stocks of EliteXC for every show.

  • Jesse says:

    elite xc sucks


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