The second season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ contract with Spike TV was signed on a napkin

The Ultimate Fighter

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We have actually heard the story prior to about how The Ultimate Fighter truth series conserved the UFC from monetary destroy and catapulted the sport of combined martial arts into primary stream culture.

The UFC was 10s of countless dollars in financial obligation when UFC brass pitched the concept of a truth program including professional athletes attempting to combat their method into a position on the UFC lineup. The network was hesitant, however when UFC owners used to money the production, a one-season offer was signed.

“Spike didn’t want it either when we pitched it to them, and then the Fertitta brother said, ‘what if we pay for it?’ And the said, ‘we like that idea,’ which ended up being incredible because if the network paid for it, the network would have owned it. We paid for everything, so we owned 100 percent of all the rights,” UFC president Dana White stated throughout a look on the Jim Rome Podcast.

The Ultimate Fighter 1 debuted on Jan. 17, 2005 and was an instant hit, however it was the season’s ending on April 9, 2005 that sealed the offer for the battle promo, the sport, and the tv network.

Regardless of the series’ appeal and scores, it was uncertain if it had a future on Spike television till the ending aired live. Light heavyweights Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar fought in the ending’s centerpiece fascinating audiences throughout the nation. The UFC brand name ended up being a home name over night.

“During that season of The Ultimate Fighter, the thing is a huge, smash success. The thing’s a huge hit. Half way through the season the president of the network gets fired. Those guys go radio silent on us over there. Normally, when you have a hit show like that, you’re on the side of buses. There are billboards everywhere. They’re promoting the shit out of you. These guys went radio silent on us. No promotion,” White stated.

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“For the finale, they were supposed to spend all this money. They did nothing. They did none of it. I was on the phone fighting with these guys the whole time. We didn’t even know if we were going to have a second season, but after that finale was over, I didn’t give a shit about what happened with Spike TV. I knew we were going to end up somewhere,” stated the UFC president.

The truth series stayed on Spike television till 2011, however the 2nd season agreement was quickly signed by Spike executives on a napkin outside Cox Structure in Las Vegas on that April night in 2005.

“The (Spike TV) executives that were there literally walked out in the back alley with us and f*cking signed a new deal on a napkin,” White stated.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.