EliteXC veteran Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson speaks with SpikeTV about the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC President Dana White is scheduled to make one of his patented “special announcements” tomorrow night during the Spike TV broadcast of the “2009 VGAs First Look E3 Special” at 11 PM ET.
Back in 2007, White revealed that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin would be coaching against each other on the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show. Jackson is once again rumored to be taking the reigns on the upcoming tenth season, alongside future opponent and newly crowned light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Could that be White’s announcement?
A commercial for the show is after the jump.
Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin exchange punches. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
NEW YORK, NY – In celebration of UFC 100, Spike TV will present a 5-part special, highlighting the best 100 bouts in UFC history, as voted on by the fans. Voting will begin on May 1 on Spike.com (Ultimate100.spike.com) where fans can choose their top 100 fights from an extensive list of bouts selected by the UFC and Spike TV.
Each episode of “UFC’s Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights” will count down the top 100 with action-packed moments from each contest. The first one-hour installment will premiere Sunday, July 5 at 9:00pm ET/PT, with the next three episodes airing Monday July 6-Wednesday, July 8 at 9:00pm ET/PT. The final episode airs Saturday, July 11 at 9:00pm ET/PT which will conclude a re-broadcast of the entire voted UFC bout.
UFC 100 will air Saturday, July 11 at 10pm live on pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Events Center, in Las Vegas, NV. The details of the participants will be announced at a later date.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The long anticipated welterweight championship battle between champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger BJ Penn proved to be as compelling to audiences two months after it took place, as Spike TV’s replay of UFC 94 (originally airing on pay per view on January 31) was the #1 program among Men 18-34 in all of television (cable and broadcast) during its time period on Saturday, April 11 (9:00 PM – 12:00 AM, ET/PT).
It was also the highest-rated telecast among Men 18-49 on cable for the entire day.
Headlined by the title bout between St. Pierre and Penn, UFC 94 peaked with 2.4 millions during St. Pierre’s successful title defense, as he won the fight due to a referee’s stoppage after the completion of the fourth round. The entire fight card, which included Lyoto Machida’s KO of Thiago Silva to establish #1 contender status in the light heavyweight division in a battle of unbeatens, averaged 1.9 million viewers for the 3 hour telecast.
“Countdown to UFC 97”, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s usual event preview show, will air tonight on Spike TV at 11 PM ET. The program will preview UFC 97’s two co-featured bouts: Anderson Silva defending his UFC middleweight title against Brazilian submission artist Thales Leites and a light heavyweight showdown years in the making between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Diego Sanchez. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
NEW YORK, NY – Spike TV’s coverage of UFC 95 on Saturday, February 21 (9:00pm-Midnight) delivered more Men 18-34 (634,000) and Men 18-49 (1,244,000) than anything else on television (broadcast or cable) in its timeslot.
The action-packed fight card peaked at 11:30pm with 3 million viewers for the main event featuring former “The Ultimate Fighter” champs and current lightweight contenders Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez and Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. With a bevy of exciting early-round knockouts, the three-hour Spike telecast included an unprecedented nine fights, five from the main card and four undercard bouts. The previous high for a Spike TV fight card was seven fights.
Emanating from the O2 Arena in London, England, UFC 95 aired same-day tape on Spike TV and drew a 2.2 in Men 18-49, 2.7 for Men 25-34, 2.2 for M18-34, and 2.4 million viewers
Competitively, Spike TV out drew all major sports competition in Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 on Saturday, February 21 including ESPN’s coverage of the Oklahoma-Texas NCAA college basketball game.
Here’s the third and final episode of “UFC Primetime”, which is chronicling the weeks of preparation before Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn’s highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 94 tomorrow night. Part one is above and part two is after the jump.
The second episode of “UFC Primetime” will air tonight on Spike TV at 10 PM ET. Replay times are set for later tonight at 10:30 PM ET and Thursday at 12:30 AM ET. In a related story, MMA Junkie is reporting that B.J. Penn may have shut down a recent taping of the show and no longer wants to be involved in the project due to the way he was portrayed in the first episode by UFC President Dana White.
The UFC hyped up their new “Primetime” show, which is chronicling the preparation Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn are going through for their UFC welterweight title showdown at UFC 94 in two weeks, as their best “countdown-type” show yet.
Apparently the viewers agree according to MMA Payout:
MMAPayout.com has learned that the premiere of UFC Primetime last night on Spike drew a combined total of 1,494,000 viewers in 10PM EST time slot. The 10PM debut drew 880,000 viewers with 614,000 viewers for the replay that followed immediately at 10:30PM.
For some perspective, the highest rated Countdown special of last year drew 782,000 viewers for its debut.
Last night’s show was very well done for being edited the day of it airing. I didn’t necessarily agree with Dana White’s concern over B.J. Penn’s decision to take five days off from training in order to peak on January 31 (it seemed like forced drama to me), but it didn’t take away from the show, which was as a whole, was great.
The first of a three-part series chronicling the preparation Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn are going through for their UFC welterweight title showdown at UFC 94 in two weeks premieres tonight on Spike. Replay times for this week are set for Wednesday at 10:30 PM ET and Thursday at midnight.