It appears that MMA Junkie has been able to confirm what Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports reported last week—UFC 90 may be held on October 25, one week following UFC 89. It is believed that the UFC will make their first trip to Chicago to hold the event, likely at either the Allstate Arena or the United Center. This isn’t a done deal however, and it appears to be hinging on whether or not the UFC and Spike TV can work out a deal to broadcast UFC 89 on the Spike network.
Although the UFC intended for UFC 89 to air on Spike TV — and use it a way to promote the following week’s UFC 90 event on pay per view — a deal has not yet been reached with the basic cable station. UFC 89 takes place at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England, and features a main event between Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben.
As of now, Spike TV officials aren’t commenting on the possibility of airing UFC 89, but with a so-so main event, the cable station is unlikely to fork over major dollars — like they did with a UFC 75 event headlined by Quinton Jackson and Dan Henderson — for the rights to air the Bisping vs. Leben event.
If the UFC and Spike TV are unable to reach a deal for UFC 89, the UFC would be unlikely to host pay per views on back-to-back weekends, so UFC 90 could be bumped to a later date.
Back-to-back UFC events sound good to me. What do you think?