Stephen Espinoza: No MMA on Showtime in 2013

Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Or ever, at this rate.

Showtime Sports Executive Stephen Espinoza recently said his cable television network was interested in getting back into the mixed martial arts (MMA) business, and even hinted a return to televised cagefighting as early as this year.

I admit, I fell for it.

The fan in me (not literally) got excited when Espinoza started name dropping, as the possibility of having Invicta FC on Showtime translated into potentially bigger and better opportunities for women's MMA.

Maybe next year.

"We are continuing to evaluate MMA opportunities," Espinoza told MMA Fighting. "But given our very busy programming slate for the rest of 2013, any new MMA programming would have to debut in 2014."

Boo this man!

The Showtime network is no stranger to MMA, having hosted its share of Strikeforce and select M-1 events, prior to the promotion's untimely demise in the wake of its hostile takeover from UFC. Whether or not it wants to start up again after getting into bed with Floyd Mayweather, remains to be seen.

Stay tuned.

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