Spike TV to Stay in UFC Ring Through 2011

Cable Network Extends Deal with Mixed-Martial-Arts Organization

Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization will remain locked up for another three years, extending their partnership through 2011.

As part of a new deal, Spike will air four more seasons of reality seriesUltimate Fighter, four live fight cards per year, two seasons of a new weekly live fight series with details still to be determined and 13 one-hour episodes per year of theUFC Unleashed series featuring the UFC library of fights.

A press release announcing the deal called Spike TV the “basic-cable home to the UFC,” as the mixed-martial-arts organization and HBO were never able to close up a deal that was long in the works.

That potential deal was originally championed by former HBO chief Chris Albrecht, and it never came to fruition after Albrecht left.