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For the first time since 2006, the UFC will not hold any events in the England, Great Britain or Ireland in 2011. As late as November of last year, UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik was talking about hosting "4 to 6" UFC events in the British Isles this year. Now he's admitting that thanks to a schedule change by Spike TV that the UFC won't be returning to the UK at all in 2011.

Zelaznik asserts that he "had three good venue options" for an October 15th date but recent scheduling changes by the UFC's US TV partners made that date impossible.

From ESPN UK:

However, problems emerged in May when the UFC's US TV date was forced to change to a different, specific date, where misfortune would dictate no suitable venues in the UK were available. In one swift changing of the goalposts, the UFC went from having three venues to none.

As a result, Zelaznik admits the chances of a 2011 event now stand at "less than 20 per cent", but he is still looking into every possibility, in order to find a solution that is growing increasingly unlikely.

"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.

"There is, if I were to put a percentage on it, less than a 20 per cent chance that we will be able to bring an event to the UK this year. We are all gutted over it and the fans who are being so vocal should know we hear them and we will continue to work hard to satisfy them."

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Post #1   6/8/11 4:19:15PM   

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That's just lunacy...what the hell does Spike have on their plate that is so important - another episode of Manswers? What is it that Spike couldn't move? Sounds fishy.

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Post #2   6/8/11 4:54:44PM   

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Just dont know what to make of this situation...I guess its difficult to be honest with your answers but risk displeasing the fans at the same time..!!

Post #3   6/8/11 6:35:46PM   

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Sucks cause no free spike pay per view this year
Unless nov they make sweden a freebie!!!!

Post #4   6/8/11 7:30:55PM   

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I couldn't find anything that is happening on Spike on Oct 15, 2011.

Plus what does SpikeTV have that is bigger than a free UFC event.

Couldn't they just make the UK a good card and make it a ppv?

Post #5   6/8/11 7:35:17PM   

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Couldn't they just make the UK a good card and make it a ppv?



It would be pretty difficult to take a "free" card and try to convince people to pay 50 bucks for it...especially on tape delay. To make it work, they'd have to gut some other cards to stack this one. With all of the injuries happening, that would be very a very risky move.

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Post #6   6/8/11 7:55:46PM