CBS taking fight to UFC

Everyone knew that a Writers Guild of America strike would mean more reality television. As Fight Club's Tyler Durden might say, what could be more real than getting punched in the face?

In that case, CBS may be getting some incredibly real reality television to fill in airtime during the ongoing strike. The network, which has a reputation of being one of the more conservative networks in the industry, is in talks to pact with mixed-martial arts fighting league The Ultimate Fighting Championship, says The Los Angeles Times.

Details on the potential deal haven't been disclosed, but it would seem that prime time specials could help alleviate a dry programming schedule.

UFC features one-on-one fighting between two combatants in "The Octagon," an eight-sided ring. Multiple fighting disciplines are accepted, with winners beating their opponents into submission or referees stopping the fights on account of potential serious injury.

The UFC is one of professional sports' fastest rising stars, with UFC shows airing on Spike TV and Pay-Per-View.

Comments (20)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
It would likely be either an hour a week or a couple hours every few months or so. No need to get your collective panties in a bunch.
Reply
Flag
I can't think of anything actually being WORSE> It's bad enough the UFC has rules now. IF it was on CBS they would stop each match at the first sign of blood. Does anyone remember when UFC was ultimate fighting championships and there wasn't a winner until someone tapped out or got knocked out. What is with the Timed Rounds? Weight classes. This isn't boxing. This was suppose to be real. Bring it to CBS and all you have is WWF again.
Reply
Flag
I'm not sure it is fair to compare the UFC with reality television or even sports broadcasts, it is its own beast. It would be a better filler than the typical reality game show fare during the strike.
Reply
Flag
UFC on CBS? I'd be curious to see it.

It surely would be better than a bunch of b-stars stuck on an island getting yelled at by Chef Ramsey while trying to make Coconut Truffles for Gene Simmons.
Reply
Flag
CBS could air a different movie every night. Like they did back in the olden days.
Reply
Flag
They need a reality TV version of THUNDERDOME - the one in Mad Max 3. 2 men enter, 1 man leaves. And if anyone breaks a deal, they face the wheel!
Reply
Flag
I thought SPIKE had dibs on UFC programming.
Reply
Flag
Man I didn't think people were so close minded, whatever happened to at least give it a chance.

Come on people give it 15 minutes of watching what the show is about and then form an opinion.
Reply
Flag
UFC rocks...so why not?
Reply
Flag
Moves like this remind me why most of what I watch are older shows on DVD. The networks' mentality of lowbrow, mindless entertainment wins again. I'll stick with my DVDs of "The Fugitive" and "Perry Mason."
Reply
Flag
This sounds like something the CW or MyNetworkTV would do. So class-less and disturbing.
Reply
Flag
Well looks like my DVD player will be getting a work out because theres no way im watching that. The worst part is that CBS might keep it even after the strike is over and good quality programing returns
Reply
Flag
Good thing I subscribe to NetFlix. I'll be catching up on some of the shows I have watched briefly like 30 Rock and The Office. I've had enough of the preexisting reality crap on the airwaves.
Reply
Flag
just what we need why not reruns lol
Reply
Flag
well that is what dvds are for
Reply
Flag
Great, more sports crap... It's bad enough that the NFL preempts my regular programing and screws up my DVR. I haven't bothered to watch Cold Case in 3 years because it's never on at the right time...
Reply
Flag
Wow...I'm not going to watch it. But somebody will.
Reply
Flag
Great news, if true mma need more exposure and if you don´t like it dont watch it
Reply
Flag
why can't they air episodes from dumped series, such as Raines, or Drive...? I really can't understand why do they torment us with all that reality crap...
Reply
Flag
Ugh, that sounds gross and unlikely. Why not air some shelved episodes from cancelled series??? I'm talking some Dr. Vegas CBS!!!
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook