Spike TV talks about end of UFC relationship
Spike TV today issued a press release with a statement concerning the end of their relationship with the UFC.
“The Ultimate Fighter” season 14 in September will be our last. We are increasing our commitment to distinctive, original series that we own such as “Auction Hunters” and “Bar Rescue” which are delivering on our goal to reach a broader audience. Our 6-year partnership with the UFC has been incredibly beneficial in building both our brands, and we wish them all the best in the future.”
The UFC announced today that it will be moving to Fox in a historic deal for the sport of mixed martial arts. Meanwhile, Spike is rumored to be heavily pursuing a new deal with Bellator Fighting Championships. Bellator currently airs on MTV 2, which is part of the Viacom family that Spike calls home. Spike officials told HeavyMMA.com that they are interesting in bringing Bellator programming to the network, but that no deal is in place.