Versus announced today and multi-year extension with Zuffa, LLC. The deal solidifies the WEC will continue to be a staple on the cable network.
As an added bonus to the deal, Versus has secured broadcast rights to two upcoming UFC live events in 2010. The move marks the first time a UFC event will broadcast outside of PPV or SPIKE TV.
With the addition of the two live UFC events, Versus looks to have a total of 9 live fight cards in 2010. The dates and times of the two live UFC events on Versus were not available at the time of this published report, however they are expected in the near future.
Versus will finish out its live WEC coverage this Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT with live coverage of WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff.
Conventional wisdom wound indicate that the addition of two live UFC events to the Versus schedule may be enough to sweeten negotiations between the cable provider and the cable and satellite providers that were unable to come to terms this year to continue carrying the network.