I wouldn’t get my hopes up on seeing the UFC on network television anytime soon, according to MMAPayout the UFC-CBS deal might have fallen apart.
For whatever it’s worth, based on conversations between MMAPayout.com and multiple sources within the industry, there seems to be a growing belief that the UFC-CBS deal has stalled or fallen apart altogether. At the very least there seems to be an emerging consensus that the deal won’t be in place in time for UFC 81 as has been rumored.
It should be noted that none of the sources referenced are parties to the negotiations (i.e. placed within the UFC or CBS). As a result, the above report should be considered rumor or informed speculation at best. It also bears mentioning that the situation is fluid as there is still time for a deal to be struck and announced for UFC 81.
It wasn’t going to happen anyway, could you imagine seeing the bloody Jared “J-Roc” Rollins Vs. John “War Machine” Koppenhaver fight airing right after CBS Nightly News.