UFC 122 will be aired for FREE via SPOX.com, as the TV deal in Germany called offPosted on November 7, 2010, 08:20 AM by Anton Gurevich
“The network that we were on is DSF. DSF broadcasts from within Bavaria, which is one of the states in Germany, where Munich is located. So the TV licensing authority in Bavaria is the one that withdrew the approvals for the UFC to air on television.
We have actually filed a lawsuit against the licensing authority there, the BLM. So we’re in the middle of litigation with the BLM, basically asserting our right that we thought it was improper to remove the UFC from television.
We were able to secure one of the leading sports websites (in Germany). The group is called SPOX.com, they’re I think the number two or three most trafficked German language sports website, so they have become our sort of official German language partner for (UFC 122).” - Marshall Zelaznik via MMAWeekly.com.
Well, it looks like after Germany will not become MMA-friendly nation. Only 150 kilometers from Oberhausen, in Holland, MMA and K-1 are legit sports with dozens of events throughout the year. I may not hide my feelings here and say that it's a pure hypocrisy, as Boxing is one of the biggest sports in Germany (IBF, WBC, WBO and many other Boxing titles are often defended in Germany). It's nothing but a political decision, in my eyes, and I doubt the UFC will return to Germany ever again after UFC 122. It's a huge blow for Dana White and his promotion, especially with Germany being a gateway for good business in the EU.
Maybe Dana White should promote UFC in the Netherlands. This could be a great solution for the German, as well as French, Belgian and Norwegian fans, where MMA is still illegal.