Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Spike TV announced in a press release earlier today that the network has chosen UFC President Dana White to be an executive producer of an untitled two-hour pilot based on the Irish Mob in Boston. The pilot will go into production late this fall with an option to become a series.
Scheduled to shoot on location in Boston, the story revolves around the explosive fallout that occurs when a Boston mob boss abruptly vacates his position and various rival factions face off in an epic battle to control the streets.
Besides having numerous credits as directing and producing a variety of UFC-related events and shows over the years, White was likely chosen because of his experience living in Boston while longtime Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was in power during the 1970’s and 80’s.
White has claimed in numerous interviews over the years that Bulger attempted to force him to pay a “tax” on a boxing gym he had opened up in the city, ultimately causing his permanent move to Las Vegas.
In other Spike TV-related news, Ariel Helwani of MMA Rated is reporting that the network may be considering airing UFC 93 on January 17 for free via tape delay. The event takes place at the o2 Dublin in Ireland and features Rich Franklin taking on Dan Henderson and a rematch between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Mark Coleman.
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