ESPN MMA Rumour Central-ESPN.com (Subscription required to read full rumour)
An interesting rumour has emerged from ESPN's MMA RumourCentral it reports that talks with Comcast and NBC Universal have broken down and Fox has now emerged with an greement possible before the end of the month.
A member of the MMA Weekly forums (who I assume is an Insider subscriber) posted the full rumour:
ESPN.com has learned that the UFC's rumored 2012 broadcast deal with NBC and takeover of the company's G4 network may not happen now, as the unconfirmed rumbling are that negotiations may have broken down. Several sources say Fox -- including its FOX Network, FX, Fox Sports Net and Fuel properties -- is the new front runner for a UFC distribution deal and that an agreement could be done by the end of the month.
The timing of this speculation is interesting, considering the UFC announced this week it'd signed a two year deal with Fox Latin America. Word is that Fuel -- currently Fox's "action sports" network -- would likely be the hub for UFC content and could be renamed and rebranded as such. Spokespeople from Fuel did not reply on Thursday to ESPN's request for comment, while UFC officials continue to maintain they are negotiating with multiple parties.
Where will the UFC's home be if it indeed decides to cut ties with longtime broadcast partner SpikeTV at the end of the year? With CBS and HBO reportedly not options for the fight promotion, either NBC or Fox remain the most likely candidates.
Along yesterdays announcement of the UFC's deal with Fox Sports Latin America a deal landing UFC on FOx, FX, FSN and Fuel or any combination of the four could increase the UFC's TV ratings. The FX network offers potential lead in's such as Sons of Anarchy, College Football and Archer while a potential deal with the Fox Network would see the UFC finally land on Network Television.
We are Fox Sports. We are UFC? We may be about to find out
Take none of this as fact it's currently just a rumour although id this is true I'd advise Dana to upgrade his phone's security.