Sherdog.com is reporting this morning that the UFC and Spike TV are considering a live special that would take place Saturday, July19.
Sherdog is citing multiple unnamed sources within the television industry as indicating that the event is a possibility.
If the July 19 date rings a bell, it is because it is the same date as Affliction’s first-ever Mixed Martial Arts event, to take place in Anaheim, Calif. at the Honda Civic Center.
According to the report, Brandon Vera and Wanderlei Silva have been approached about facing each other in the main event of the possible special. The bout would be contested at light heavyweight.
If the UFC moves forward with such a show, it could spell doom for Affliction on pay-per-view. In spite of an impressive lineup, the promotion has not done a good enough job of getting the word out about the event. Die-hard fans are looking forward to the show but there is virtually no buzz amongst the sport’s casual audience.
In order to have any chance to break even on the event, Affliction must entice casual fans to buy the PPV. That task will become insurmountable if there is a free UFC event competing head-to-head in the same time slot.
Update: An official from Spike TV was contacted by Five Ounces of Pain earlier this morning. The representative for Spike would neither confirm or deny Sherdog’s story but stated that the only live UFC events currently on the schedule are this Saturday’s live season finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” and the UFC Fight Night event scheduled for Sept. 17.