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Spike TV To Fill UFC Void With 'Significant Investment' In Sports Programming

As the UFC hightails away from longtime broadcast partner Spike TV for greener pastures on Fox, many have been left wondering where exactly that leaves a MMA-centric cable network devoid of any actual MMA content. Well the newest Spike executive has a plan.

According to reports from Sports Business Daily's John Ourand, the network has promoted Jon Slusser to a newly developed position, Senior VP of Sports & Multi-Platform Programming. Within that role, Slusser's primary objective will be to acquire Spike new broadcast contracts for specific sports. 

"Spike is ready and is making a significant investment to grow our sports programming," Slusser said to Ourand. "This is our future."

Within the report, Slusser details the need to focus on four primary aspects: motorsports, lifestyle sports ("rugby, beach volleyball, rodeo and extreme skiing"), event sports ("New Year's Even specials and stunts"), and most imperative of all, fighting. As MMA's largest non-Zuffa owned promotion -- Bellator Fighting Championships -- already streams live undercards on, a full-fledged partnership between the two entities is beginning to seem inevitable.

"Sports is a big initiative for Spike," Slusser concluded. "It's a big deal."