Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is poised to make its FOX Sports 1 debut this Saturday night (Aug. 17, 2013) with "Fight Night 26," which emanates live from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, and features a light heavyweight main event pitting Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen.
But there are no guarantees you'll be able to watch it.
That's because the network has yet to reach broadcast deals with several major carriers, including DirecTV, DISH and Time Warner Cable. With the event set to pop off in just four days, you would think UFC President Dana White would have his panties in a bunch.
Not so much, according to comments he made on yesterday's media conference call (audio):
"This is what these guys do, this is what FOX does. They negotiate with these networks and these different systems. A lot of times, these things go right down to the wire. Am I worried about it? Not one bit. I'm not worried about it. I'm not thinking about it, it's not my concern. I have no control over it. I'm not concerned about it."
Don't sweat the small stuff!
FOX announced its decision to move sports programming over to FOX Sports 1 earlier this year (details here), freeing up the FX Channel for all sorts of nifty shows like Sons of Anarchy, Justified, American Horror Story and Archer. That means The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 (preview) will also pack its bags.
Whether or not you'll actually be able to view it, remains to be seen.