Amidst much rumor and speculation, there is still much rumor and speculation. MMAWeekly.com, however, has confirmed with multiple sources that the Ultimate Fighting Championship is nearing the finalization of a July 19 event to counter the pay-per-view debut of the new mixed martial arts promotion from Affliction.
There has been much talk of a main event between
The UFC's event, if finalized, is expected to take place at The Palms in Las Vegas and air live on the promotion's basic cable television partner Spike TV. The network currently denies that there is an event scheduled for that date, but has consistently worked closely with the UFC to facilitate its programming needs.
Affliction has partnered with billionaire
Affliction's initial offering is of course, pay-per-view, expected to carry a suggested retail price tag of $39.95.
If the UFC's counter-offering does materialize, it is unlikely to carry much star power, as most of the organization's premier fighters are already scheduled for other events. The UFC does have a trump card of its own, however, in Spike TV. The network is available in 96.1 million homes for no additional charge.
All sources indicate that a final decision should be forthcoming on Tuesday, with a same day announcement if the event is solidified.