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Spike TV founder talks about when he insulted a gangster's geisha and ruined a K-1 deal

Spike TV founder talks about when he insulted a gangster's geisha and ruined a K-1 deal

Imagine Spike TV being the home of K-1 during its peak, and not UFC in its infancy. We would have never been able to witness men urinate in the fruit bowls of other men in The Ultimate Fighter nor could we witness the innumerable amount of Spike TV-to-PPV lead-ins we've seen for nearly a decade. Without Spike TV, the UFC would have never been at the level it is today, and without the UFC, Spike TV would have never been able to give MiddleEasy an opportunity to create a show for them, only to pass on it months later.

Albie Hecht, the founder of Spike TV and the former president of Nickelodeon Entertainment sat down with Andrew Falzon (the same guy from WAMMA) and discussed the earlier days of Spike TV and how they nearly went with K-1 Kickboxing over UFC. A lot of interesting stuff is in this six minute interview from CUNY TV, so check it out.

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+4 # DENV3RtheDESTROY3R 2013-10-08 16:14
I would have liked to hear more about the gangsters and geishas but still a pretty cool video
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+7 # Dave Walsh 2013-10-08 16:29
You know how much of a headache it would have saved me if K-1 was in UFC's spot?

Everyone would be sucking up to me right now.
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0 # Fantasy Island 2013-10-09 09:17
"Geisha" LOL!

Whatever! I guess he was there in the early 1940's before WW2? LOL!

Some Karaoke-room-bu y-me-drinkee hostess is NOT a geisha or even similar. Geishas are in Kyoto taking pictures with tourists or entertaining diplomats, not serving drinks to Yaks in Roppongi.

This clown watches too much TV.
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+1 # trt 2013-10-10 15:46
Pretty much. He makes himself sound like another uneducated Westerner who thinks Samurai and Ninjas are still around.
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0 # layzboybc 2013-10-09 11:00
This was a pretty interesting story would have loved to see both of them on the same network. At least now were getting glory on Spike.
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