There’s bad news for UK MMA fans today – all signs point to there not being an event in the region in 2011.
“Unfortunately, that could end up as the case,” admits the UFC’s UK president Marshall Zelaznik in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
“It’s not what anyone wants but it could be what happens this year. The fans are disappointed we may not have an event here, I get it. Why wouldn’t they be? They have supported us and trust me when I say we have worked and will continue to work hard to reward them for their support.”
Zelaznik goes on to explain that the problem lies with Spike TV dates in the US which originally had appeared to leave a window open for a UK event in October, but have now changed, leaving the UFC without any suitable venues booked for the new dates.
Spike TV dates are crucial as time differences in the UK mean that the event wouldn’t be broadcast at an appropriate time for the UFC to also sell it as a U.S pay-per-view event.
UK fans will no doubt be frustrated at the news, particularly since Zelaznik had mentioned late last year that the promotion had been hoping to put together as many as 5 or 6 events between the UK and Ireland over the course of this year.
It appears that Zelaznik himself isn’t thrilled with the news, and indicates that they are trying to do everything they can to turn things around.
“We are left with trying to convince our [TV] partner to move the date or look to other locations. That is where we are now,” he says, adding there’s “less than a 20% chance,” of them succeeding in that endevour.