Check out this article on Sherdog.com:
HBO is planning to televise at least 3 UFC Fight Cards in 2007. That’s great, but check out what the former HBO Sports President had to say:
“I think it’s ridiculous for HBO to televise UFC,” Abraham said. “When I was at HBO, we had discussions once or twice a year about professional wrestling. We all agreed that it would get good ratings and we also agreed that it would tarnish our boxing franchise. I feel the same way about UFC. Boxing has a storied history. When HBO attaches itself to boxing, it attaches itself to Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Muhammad Ali. It attaches itself to history, achievement, and glory. UFC has none of those things, and it will tarnish HBO’s boxing franchise. Will UFC get good ratings? Probably. But so would naked boxing.”
Now is that ridiculous or what?