According to a report from SportsBusinessDaily.com, Fox has agreed to a deal with the UFC in the range of seven or eight years, with bidding for UFC content going as high as $90 million per year, to bring UFC fight cards to network television. The deal calls for at least four live televised events and is also said to include UFC programming making it’s way to Fox’s FX channel. Dana White had no comment on the situation, but Heavy.com has since reported that the deal is done and will start in 2012.
This is gigantic news! That is, when it is confirmed by Dana White. All signs point to it being a done deal, and this will open the door to other avenues of mainstream media. However, this will probably spell the end of the UFC on Versus and Spike TV. Still, network television is where the UFC wanted to be and it seems it’s where they landed. It was only a matter of time.
Jon Fitch revealed on Twitter that he has been cleared to return to action, tweeting, “I’m back! Dr. Kavitne gave me the OK to fight.” And according to a report from MMAJunkie.com, he may get to compete on the UFC 139 card in San Jose, CA on November 19. However, despite him calling for “top guys” and “former champions,” he may meet Johny Hendricks on the event. That’s good news that he’s all healed up, but all the guys he would want to fight already having bookings. Still, Hendricks is a good fight for him to help him shake off the cage rust. Yes, I believe he’ll win rather easily, and maybe with that win, he’ll get another shot at GSP or another top guy.
After losing his UFC debut in a heavyweight fight in June against Joey Beltran, UFC officials announced that Aaron Rosa will drop the light heavyweight division, and will take on Fabio Maldonado at UFC on Versus 6 on October 1. Yeah, smart move. He definitely has a few pounds to shed. And on that note, so does Beltran.
Bellator welterweight Rick Hawn announced on Twitter that he has suffered a knee injury that has forced him out of the upcoming season five welterweight tournament, and that it will take several months to heal. You have to hate it when this kind of stuff happens. Bellator hasn’t officially announced his removal, but they’ll have to find a replacement soon. That tournament kicks off in a few weeks.
UFC officials announced Wednesday that Rick Story will return to the cage at UFC 139 this November against Martin Kampmann. This is a great fight for both guys and it makes sense. Kampmann is coming off of back to back losses and Story’s stock just dropped by losing to Charlie Brenneman. Both need a win to get back on track because both were once viewed as future #1 contenders not too long ago.