UFC logoThe UFC has reportedly found a new television home for 2012 and beyond.

A report from the Sports Business Journal, citing several sources, maintains that the UFC and Fox have agreed to a multi-year deal that will see the Fox broadcast channel air up to four live events per year. MMAWeekly.com sources with knowledge of the dealings were unable to confirm that a deal had been closed, but did characterize the negotiation as “close” to completion.

The Fox deal is reportedly believed to be for a seven-to-eight-year term. As part of the deal, not only would live fights air on Fox, most of the weekly programming currently seen on Versus and Spike TV, including “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, would move over to Fox’s FX basic cable channel beginning in January.

There was strong speculation from the Wall Street Journal earlier this year that the UFC was closing in on a deal with Comcast/NBC that would have included the NBC broadcast network, Versus (which will be rebranded in January as NBC Sports), and the morphing of G4 into a UFC branded network.

UFC president Dana White maintained all along that the company was in talks with “everybody,” denying that a deal had been done with Comcast/NBC.

A deal with Fox would culminate years of the UFC attempting to gain a regular presence on network television. White has often said that they would only do a network deal if the terms were right, which presumably included the same UFC control over production as they currently enjoy for their pay-per-view events, as well as the events that air on Spike TV and Versus.  The Sports Business Journal’s report citing the deal being worth as much as $90 million per year to the UFC would also likely be in line with the terms that White has long been shooting for.

UFC officials declined to comment.

Follow @KenPishna on Twitter or e-mail Ken Pishna.
For more UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Unbeaten James Vick Steps in to Face Evan Dunham at UFC 199

  • 27 days ago
  • 22 views

Lightweight Evan Dunham found out this week that he'd be facing a new opponent at UFC 199. read news >>

Bellator Confirms Hit-and-Run Incident that Cost Jordan Parson’s His Leg

  • 26 days ago
  • 209 views

Bellator confirms hit-and-run incident that reportedly forced the amputation of part of Jordan Parsons' right leg. read news >>

LOL, Conor McGregor is Reportedly Close to Deal to Fight Floyd Mayweather

  • 21 days ago
  • 507 views

The internet thinks Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are going to punch each other for money. read news >>

Veteran Fighter Blas Avena Found Dead, Police Suspect Suicide

  • 21 days ago
  • 57 views

Thirty-two-year-old mixed martial artist Blas Avena was found deceased in his apartment. Police are investigating his passing as a possible suicide. read news >>

Blas Avena, Former MMA Fighter, Dies at Age 32

  • 21 days ago
  • 29 views

Former Bellator and WEC mixed martial artist Blas Avena was found dead at the age of 32 in his Las Vegas apartment just before noon PT on Wednesday, per TMZ Sports. The Las Vegas Metro Police Departm read news >>

Conor McGregor Reportedly Hires Bodyguards After Death Threats

  • 17 days ago
  • 273 views

UFC star Conor McGregor was accompanied by two bodyguards at the VIP Style Awards in Dublin recently due to alleged death threats made against the 27-year-old native of Ireland. According to Ken Swee read news >>

UFC Reportedly Close to Selling Company for Up to $4 Billion

  • 17 days ago
  • 123 views

Zuffa LLC, which owns the UFC, is reportedly nearing a deal to sell the mixed martial arts company. According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, Zuffa is "in advanced talks to sell the business" for somewh read news >>

UFC 198: Can Fabricio Werdum Reverse the Curse of the UFC Heavyweight Title?

  • 14 days ago
  • 18 views

Prior to about 2012, it’s doubtful many people expected Fabricio Werdum to wind up here. Just a couple months shy of his 39th birthday, Werdum sits atop the heavyweight mountain. As he prepares to ma read news >>

Chris Weidman Reportedly Pulls out of UFC 199 vs. Luke Rockhold Due to Injury

  • 10 days ago
  • 35 views

The most likely candidate may be Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, who needed only one round to knock out Vitor Belfort at UFC 198 on Saturday. Fighting in back-to-back months would be something of a Herculean read news >>

Michael Bisping Replaces Chris Weidman at UFC 199: Latest Comments, Reaction

  • 9 days ago
  • 30 views

UFC has found a replacement for the injured Chris Weidman at UFC 199, as Michael Bisping will challenge Luke Rockhold on June 4, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. Per Jason Floyd of the MMA read news >>