Power Slap will have a new streaming service for season two.
According to a report from MMAFighting, TBS representatives confirmed that they won’t be airing another season of Power Slap. The MMA community seems happy with the news, but White isn’t giving up on his newest business feature anytime soon, partnering with Rumble for season two.
On Saturday, March 11, the first season of Dana White’s slap-fighting league concluded with the four champions being crowned – Christopher Thomas (welterweight), Azael Rodriguez (middleweight), Ayjay Hintz (light heavyweight), and Ron Bata (heavyweight).
The pre-recorded episodes of the slap-fighting league aired on Wednesday night after All Elite Wrestling. The TV viewership varied from 220,000 to 413,000 throughout eight episodes, with the last edition having the lowest ratings. After having the regular season released on TBS, the Power Slap 1 Finale was broadcasted live on Rumble, taking place inside the UFC APEX.
Dana White reveals Power Slap will be broadcasted on Rumble
It’s unclear why TBS chose not to air season two of Power Slap. There’s a chance the Warner Brothers affiliate was disappointed with the ratings, and it’s also possible that Dana White and his team preferred to seek other opportunities, leading to a new partnership with Rumble. During an interview with Pat McAfee, White had this to say about the future of his slap-fighting league:
“I’ve come to a two-year deal for [Power Slap]. We haven’t done the deal yet but we have a term sheet. I have a term sheet with Rumble for the next two years to deliver two more episodes of the reality show, Power Slap, and eight live fights, and I’m working on a deal right now to film season 2 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.”
Since the moment White announced the idea of Power Slap, there has been backlash from fans, fighters, and the media. Concerns regarding competitor pay and safety have continued to be raised, but White plans to fight against the negativity.
The UFC president has recently revealed that he’s working on a documentary to expose the media bias, which he previously did after the pandemic backlash. Regardless of what people think, White’s slap-fighting league seems to still have life, with seasons two and three in the works.