UFC Quick Quote: Did Vince McMahon inadvertently help drive TUF ratings?

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Former wrestling deity Paul Heyman seems to think so in his interview with The MMA Hour.

"I was there in the room when we decided whether to let The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) come on after Monday Night Raw. They had the right to approve or decline any programming that followed them. I told [the WWE], they better not let [the UFC] on ... Yeah, I'm the a--hole that almost turned it down. [I said] 'You should be afraid of anything that will take away from your pay-per-view dollar. They are going to reach into your pocket, rip it open, and all those dollars are going to flow right there.' Here's the best way I can tell you about Vince McMahon. It's the ultimate Vince control story. If you're in the room with Vince McMahon and he sneezes, go on your Blackberry for the next 20 minutes because nothing you say to him is going to get through ... Cause he gets really p-----d off. Cause he can't control the sneeze."

WWE czar Vince McMahon didn't see the need to overrule Spike TV's decision to air the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) immediately after the wrestling companies flagship program RAW, despite the outside chance that somewhere down the road it could draw blood from McMahon's viewing audience. Paul Heyman, housed under the WWE banner at the time, sent up a red flag that was ultimately ignored. Now that MMA has surpassed the WWE in overall pay-per-view buys, does McMahon have any regrets? And will his ego allow him to?

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