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UFC set to announce new television deal on Thursday

The UFC has announced a conference call with the media on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT to announce a new television deal. No details were provided so it is unclear if the new deal is a renewal with Spike TV or if there is something else that has been agreed upon with another outlet.

Also, Brock Lesnar, Chuck Liddell, and Wanderlei Silva will all be on the call as well.

In addition to announcing the new TV deal, UFC president Dana White will be introducing Lesnar to the media following his recent addition to the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Liddell and Silva will be available to the media for the first time since White officially announced last night that the long-awaited showdown between the two light heavyweight icons is scheduled for Dec. 29 at UFC 79.

And yes, I don’t think it’s more than a coincidence that the UFC has scheduled a conference call to go head-to-head with Randy Couture’s press conference in Las Vegas. While the UFC will be starting their conference call a half and hour before Couture’s press conference, it’s a safe bet that the UFC will not be done after 30 minutes.

If they were holding a press conference on the same day but at a completely separate time, I’d say it would be a smart move on the UFC’s part because there will be a lot of media in Vegas to cover Couture and by holding a press conference the same day, you make it real easy for the media to cover both press conferences. However, Couture is having a press conference in which the media has to appear in person while the UFC is holding a conference call, where the only way to access is via phone. Out of all the days to schedule a conference call?

As a writer, I’m not complaining. There’s no such thing as a media overload to me. The more I have to write about, the better. But you better believe that the UFC’s decision to hold a conference call to discuss three major developments is going to take some of the spotlight off of Randy.


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  • RT Hammer says:

    Thats not gonna do them any favors in regards to respecting Randy. But buisness is buisness.

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    The best part is that they will most likely just be officially announcing the Spike TV deal for $100 million that we already know about.

    Or I could be completely wrong and they could be announcing an ESPN deal. What do I know?

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  • Gabber says:

    So, wtf, Randy goes out and resigns, then M-1 says we’ll offer Fedor to the UFC to fight Randy? Then later they say that they want to sign someone who was recently let go? Man, this whole thing is too much drama, like just fight. :P If I wanted soap operas and over the top drama, I’d watch WWE. Wait, I will be, Brock Lesnar is signed. This is becoming totally messed up. Thank god for Elite XC, oh wait, they showcase White Power activists, nice. How did the world become so messed up. It started in March with the story of the century and Randy taking it to Sylvia. Now everything is just f@cked, like royally f@cked.

    This is giving me a headache. :P

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  • Andrej says:

    At Least Brock Lesnor has a record. Kimbo is a freaking Joke. I will only watch WWE when there is nothing to watch(The Weather Network is above WWE in my opinion).

    Randy vs Dana White is going to be a fun battle to watch!!!! Going to be fun and entertaining how scrued wich one get’s at the end.

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  • Shoutfan says:

    Dana White is one shady bastard! Instead of trying to mend ties with Randy it looks like he will continue to torch the bridge.

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