Despite speculation to the contrary, a formal agreement between the UFC and Spike TV that would allow UFC 93 on Jan. 17 in Dublin, Ireland to be broadcast at no additional charge to fight fans in the United States has not been reached.
“We don’t have any scheduled fights (with the UFC) beyond the TUF 8 finale in December,” Spike TV Vice President of Communications David Schwarz informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com on Thursday when contacted for comment.
UFC 93 has already been officially announced by the UFC and will be headlined by a light heavyweight encounter between former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin taking on former PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson. Also announced his a rematch between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman that will be contested at 205 pounds.
While no deal to televise UFC 93 on Spike has been reached, that doesn’t mean that one won’t be worked out in the future. The UFC’s European events do not fall under the promotion’s four-year agreement with Spike so an outside accord must be reached to televise each event in the U.S.
If a mutually beneficial financial offer can be reached between the two parties, UFC 93 will be televised on Spike. However, negotiations are not expected to intensify until ratings for next Saturday’s tape-delay broadcast of UFC 89 become available as it could have a significant impact on negotiations.