Information recently posted about the Ultimate Women Challenge Reality Show drew attention from show producers, who threatened legal action if the article was not removed and the name of the confidential source was not revealed. This turn of events prompted me to probe a little deeper.
First, I spoke with Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who stated that the fights for the show did not take place in Nevada, though that was the original plan and the fighters even went so far as to get their medicals done. He stated that the show then planned to work with Tuff N Uff, but the deal fell through, and suggested we speak with Bill Colbert of the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission.
Colbert confirmed that all six fights took place in Utah–specifically in St. George, Utah at the Dixie Center on September 24, 2010. The fights were officially sanctioned. Although Colbert said he’d received phone calls from several parties who wanted him to release the official results, he has decided not to do so yet although he is unsure when or if the show will actually air. Releasing the results would devalue the show significantly and therefore, Colbert thought, hurt the fighters who spent six weeks in virtual isolation. (Many of these ladies also turned down numerous fights for the opportunity, with the belief that the show would air and they would be paid as per their agreements, something which remains to be seen.)
Because the fighters had a purse agreement with the producers of the show, the actual contracts they received for the commissioned fights which took place in Utah were zeroed out contracts which the Commission cannot enforce. Colbert did point out that the Ultimate Women Challenge Reality Show received a significantly lower fee in exchange for ad rights–so if the show does not air along with these ads, the Ultimate Women Challenge Reality Show owes the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission a hefty sum of $25,000.
Many rumors are swirling but the next few weeks should help clear some things up. Ideally, the show will air and all the fighters will get paid…but many continue to remain doubtful.