When UFC on ESPN 1 opens up, people will try to sell it to you as a great accomplishment. They'll say "look how far the UFC has come." Dana White will be on camera grinning, having accomplished his dream. Dana will get credit for classing up the sport, for taking the sport from the Indian reservations and backyards into the arenas, for getting the sport back on Pay-Per-View. It is all a lie.
There was a time when the show was the UFC's crown jewel, their lone TV product and their biggest promotional tool. The first season of the Ultimate Fighter is almost solely responsible for how big the UFC has become. Now, it doesn't even serve a purpose, but it has kept plodding on.
Matt Serra fights on ESPN in 1998? Yesterday, The UFC and ESPN announced a deal that would bring 150 events to the network over 5 years, starting in October 2019. For the UFC, in as far as image is concerned is a huge win. ESPN has always been a bit of a white whale for … Continue reading That One Time ESPN Showed an Illegal MMA Fight with a Future UFC Champion