UFC on Fox 6: Flyweight Title Fight Cut Short in 4th Round for 'Big Bang Theory'

McKinley Noble@KenTheGreat1Correspondent IJanuary 26, 2013

Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Demetrious Johnson (top) fights John Dodson during UFC on FOX 6 for the world flyweight championship at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Somebody has some explaining to do to UFC president Dana White.

Although the promotion's flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson went to a decision, several TV viewers didn't see it.

On certain local Fox affiliate channels, the UFC on Fox 6 card was actually cut short at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET in the middle of the fourth round, replaced with an episode of The Big Bang Theory instead.

Twitter promptly exploded in outrage, as several fans complained about the unexpected switch in broadcasting, which even affected Fox Sports in Canada:

Anyone in Canada watching the UFC, turn to Sportsnet ONE. Fox in Canada switched to Big Bang Theory. Turn to Sportsnet ONE. #UFConFOX6 — Mike Johnston (@MikeyJ_MMA) January 27, 2013

Hmm.... looks some some FOX affiliates cut off the UFC on FOX main event after 7 PM & switched to a Big Bang Theory repeat. #mma #ufc #fox — MMA Supremacy (@MMASupremacy) January 27, 2013

 

That wasn't the only problem that the UFC experienced during Saturday's broadcast, as the first few minutes of the event were plagued with dim, popping noises caused by an audio equipment malfunction.

Additionally, the Facebook fight between David Mitchell vs. Simeon Thoresen was also cut early as the card rolled into the FX preliminary bouts.

Dana White has yet to comment on the situation, but this will likely come as an embarrassing moment to both the UFC and Fox.

This marks the first major broadcasting flop to occur between the two companies in 2013, an example of the mistakes that they really can't afford—especially with rivals SPIKE and Bellator aiming to steal away new TV viewers each week.