UFC @ Spike tv trashed In NY Post

A local columinist has trashed upcoming spike tv show saying it is
glorified bare knuckled street fighting with 9 deaths in the last 10
years or so.

they use a picture of tito and chuck, wearing gloves.

I dont know if this clown has even watched one of the shows


Spike TV's New Low: 'Ultimate Fighting'

FIRST, the good news. Spike TV, this January, will be forced to dump
one of its lowbrow shows.

Yep, it has to make room for "The Ultimate Fighting Championship," a
cut-to-the-chase enterprise, once closeted, on pay-per-view, that
sells honest-to-badness violence, real-deal brutality and blood instead
of ketchup.

"UFC" is one of those shows that can't be excused or rationalized by
enabling TV execs as "fantasy." It's boxing without gloves, sanctioned
street-fighting. Just what the doctor ordered.

Spike TV is advertised as TV's "First Network For Men." That's a lie. It's
actually TV's latest network that caters to young punks, wannabe
young punks and all other forms of desensitized and vulnerable young
and mostly male viewers.

Spike TV, along with MTV and BET, is part of the Viacom stable of
networks that are largely and indisputably dedicat- to bringing out the
very worst in young America. Spike TV promotes all the redeeming
values of a switchblade.

"People don't understand 'The UFC' and there are certain
misconceptions that we want to dispel," UFC TV executive Craig Piligian
recently told The Post.

Bunk. People fully understand the UFC. It's about the further and
bolder selling of violence to a mostly young audience. And it takes only
a few minutes viewing to understand exactly that.

In fact, it takes only a few minutes viewing of most Spike shows to
know that it's a network designed to add to the cumulative, pop
cultural effect that daily leaves society in a deeper hole.

Spike, naturally, is loaded with pro wrestling. Just about everyone in TV
now works off a worn copy of the Vince McMahon's plan to attract
young viewers through every imaginable twisted act of violence, sex
and profanity.

Spike airs "Real TV," quite a bit, too. That's a show predicated upon any
video footage -- pro or amateur -- that includes genuine violence,
from street riots, to car crashes, to skateboarders falling down
courthouse steps, to two women trying to scratch each other's eyes
out, to hang gliders who hang on while failing to glide.

Spike, the first network for men, also presents "GameRiot," a show that
celebrates video games, most of which are attached to all forms of
uncivil and even criminal behavior. As we previously suggested, Spike
is no more for men than a junkyard filled with old refrigerators is for

In "MXC," Spike presents a show that, according to Spike's Website,
includes "some of the funniest and most hazardous" stunts ever
attempted. Funny and hazardous? Is that anything like "America's
Funniest Home Tragedies"?

Remember kids, MXC reminds you not to try this at home. Or this, or
this, or this, or this, or this . . .

"Striperella" is another fine Spike show. It's a cartoon series that stars
Pamela Anderson as a stripper.

Yup, "Ultimate Fighting" will make a nice fit.

News accounts, including one in The Post, reported that UFC's
promoters claim that no one has ever been killed as the result of being
a 'UFC' contestant. That might be technically true, but since 1979 there
have been, according to chroniclers of blood sports, at least eight
deaths attributed to UFC-like competitions.

But short of live executions, UFC will just have to do.

"This is huge for us," UFC President Dana White told the Holly-wood
Reporter about his deal with Spike. "It will take 'UFC' to the next level."
Yeah, the next level, just below the last one

There's no space after the last slash.

Thanks pulsar Ill edit that


contact page for NY post to complain about article

What a piece of shit. How do completely uniformed accounts like this even get published?

He compares it to wwe in article,

no respect for the atheletes

maybe if enough of us complain we can get the post to cover next ufc

"News accounts, including one in The Post, reported that UFC's promoters claim that no one has ever been killed as the result of being a 'UFC' contestant. That might be technically true, but since 1979 there have been, according to chroniclers of blood sports, at least eight deaths attributed to UFC-like competitions."

I'd like to see if he can provide a list of these 8 deaths.

FUCK Phil Mushnick.  He's was notorious for incredibly false & bias articles trashing prowrestling.  Not suprised that he is trashing UFC now too.

Does anyone take the NY Post seriously??? Bunch of idiots at the NY Post.

This will actually propably bring more viewers to spiketv if anything lol

I haven't read it in years, but growing up in NYC, the Post was all about sensationalism. They did have a good sports section, though.

Bottom line, this isn't anything to get hyped over.

In regards to the eight deaths, he says 'UFC-like competitions' which means in his obvious ignorance he's possibly lumping UFC in with Toughman, which as we know has indeed killed people...

This is where the UFC needs to get smart...as much as I hate this line of attack...
Couldn't this be deemed slander by printing knowingly untrue statements.
Even if they lose it is a ton of press and will probably get them a retraction and press cheap.

Vote Bush.

ryan_lankford I was thinking the same thing...LOL.

And if he bashes WWE then he can't be all that bad.

I am currently drafting a letter of outrage to the publication. if anyone has some contacts, they would be much appreciated.


I'm sure the deaths he's thinking of are from Toughman type competitions. Yeah that dude's an ignorant piece of shit but Spike TV is mostly trash TV...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I am an NYC resident and read The Post everyday. I was encouraged to open the paper a couple of weeks ago and read a mostly well-reserached unbiased account of the UFC show in the works.

That being said Phil Mushnick's column is one based on his perception and opinion-- more of a gossip column if you will. As you can see above, he did not contact anyone for his piece, only cited other interviews and gave his take on it. Unfortunately, his bias towards MMA and the UFC is not new. He lambasted UFC 32 when it came to Continental Aitlines Arena.

My friend is a fulltime staff writer for the New York Post. I will contact her and see if there is some less opinionated press to be had here. If the UFC does indeed visit the east coast in October, I will try and get her to come to the show with me.

The Post is a shameless rag of a paper. (No offense, Lorreta.) If you took a random copy and ran a highlighter over all the factual errors and typos, there wouldn't be enough marker left for page two.

Mushnick, in particular, is a bit of a goon, not unlike a printed troll. He knows his gimmick well. If you write him and call him names, you won't do much else than to prove his point. Just hit him with the facts.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. And Kerry just picked Gephardt as his VP.