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White talks TV negotiations, Spike and cursing on Versus

Steve Cofield
Cagewriter

Dana White has scratched and clawed for the last 10 years on behalf of his UFC, so he's ready to throwdown if need be during the negotiations for the promotion's next TV deal. White has definitely noticed Spike poking the UFC a little bit with some recent programming.

"Negotiating is never fun. And even though you're negotiating in good faith, you know, you're still giving some kicks to the balls here and there," White joked (1:40 mark).

During UFC on Versus 4 last Sunday, Spike ran a Nate Marquardt fight marathon against the live fight card. That's a little extra salt in the wound since Marquardt was dumped from the main event and fired the day before.

"I see Spike's side. That's what I would do too," White said candidly. "They might have [picked a fight with me]. We'll see. I would do the same thing they just did. I owe you one Spike."{ysp:more}

The UFC and Spike have grown together over the last six years, but they may splitting soon. Rumors emerged last month in the Wall Street Journal that UFC officials were sitting down with folks from Comcast/NBC and that Spike could be looking at Bellator as backup plan for 2012.

"What everybody's saying, none of that stuff is true. People are out there speculating on what we're doing. We have no deal with anybody. We're out there talking with everybody. I don't buy into that stuff. When deals are done, everybody does what they're going to do and we'll see what happens." White said. He also pointed that the door isn't closed yet with Spike.

One other bit of television "news" discussed by White was the foul-mouthed Matt Mitrione. Fresh of his knockout win over Christian Morecraft, the emotional "Meathead" dropped a four-letter expletive on live television.

White said no action has been taken yet, but cussing on camera is a big no-no.

"He knew because I give these guys the riot act before, 'do not swear on free TV,' White said. The UFC president admits he's a virtuoso with four letter words, but there's a time and place. "I am good at doing it, but on live TV though. You gotta think and think before you speak. Calm down and think before you speak. But it's bad. It's real bad when you swear on live TV. they can't bleep it fast enough. First time it's ever happened."

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