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Spike Debuts ‘Ultimate Fighter Fridays’ on March 2

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff


Spike TV will counter program the new Ultimate Fighter Live on FX with their own Ultimate Fighter Fridays starting on March 2.

The specials will air in three-hour blocks starting at 9 p.m. ET with the best Ultimate Fighter episodes in the history.

The shows will span the 14-season history of The Ultimate Fighter during its run on Spike TV. Spike TV will also air special themed versions of Ultimate Fighter Fridays with input coming from fans on Twitter and Facebook.

This is the latest effort by Spike TV to counter program the UFC since they’ve switched over to the Fox family of networks.

The cable network, which is available to nearly 100 million homes, has already had counter programming efforts for past UFC events and will do so again in January when they go head-to-head with the UFC’s second live event on Fox.

Ultimate Fighter Fridays will be the newest counter programming decision from the network.

The new programming block kicks off on March 2, a week before the new Ultimate Fighter Live on FX begins on March 9.

Interesting to note however, Spike’s new ‘Ultimate Fighter Fridays’ block will also serve as counter programming to Bellator Fighting Championships, which moves to Friday nights on MTV2 in 2012.

Bellator will shift to Spike TV in 2013.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002303381295 jeffkrusel

    Spike- “OOOh, I’m so mad at you UFC, I’m gonna get you!!”

    UFC- “Oh yeah, how?”

    Spike- “By promoting UFC on our highly watched network! Ha, take that!”

    UFC- “Oh Noes….. Please don’t introduce us to more people!!!!”

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Spike is starting to look like a bitter ex-girlfriend, knock it off and move on. Or maybe they lack the content depth move forward on their own…

    Do they think they are hurting or helping the UFC by broadcasting more UFC content? LOL

  • MikeMc1983

    I don’t really think they are trying to help, or hurt the UFC. We as fans see it that way. They’re just doing what they think will get them the highest ratings, to sell sponser slots. It’s not much of a secret that this crap works for awhile. Even if only because people don’t know the new UFC is on a different channel.
    It seemed as though they have rights to the UFC content for awhile. Might as well use it the best they can.