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UFC signs multi-year PPV deal with Joe Hand Promotions

MMA outfit UFC has signed a multi-year extension of its pay-per-view (PPV) deal with Joe Hand Promotions.  The deal sees the promoter serve as UFC’s exclusive commercial distributor throughout the US and builds upon the long-term distribution rights partnership that began in 2001. Joe Hand Promotions has been operating in the combat sports and entertainment […]

UFC launches dedicated TV channel in Russia

A new mixed martial arts channel, UFC TV, is launching in Russia on Rostelecom’s platform. The channel will be available on an exclusive basis on Rostelecom’s interactive TV platform, and will also be available on the service provider’s Wink multimedia platform. Rostelecom’s interactive TV offering reaches 5.2 million homes across the country. The channel will […]

Eleven Sports secures UK and Ireland rights to UFC

Eleven Sports and MMA franchise UFC have unveiled a new broadcast partnership for the UK and Ireland, starting in January 2019. Under the terms of the deal, Eleven has secured the rights to 42 live UFC events in 2019, as well as 150 hours of UFC original and archive programming. UFC Fight Nights will be […]

OSN strikes new deal with UFC

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has struck a new long-term exclusive carriage deal with combat sports outfit UFC. The renewal means that all UFC content including live events, pre and post-event shows, and The Ultimate Fighter reality series, will be available exclusively for OSN subscribers in the region. OSN and UFC together will also […]

Consortium buys UFC for US$4bn

A WME-IMG-led consortium has acquired mixed martial arts organisation Ultimate Fighting Championship for around US$4 billion. According to various US reports, investors including Silver Lake Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Michael S. Dell’s MSD Capital are part of the group. WME-IMG will not actively run the company, but led the investment group. They have acquired […]

Abu Dhabi Media wins Ultimate Fighting Championship

Abu Dhabi Media has struck a three-year multi-platform deal for broadcast and digital rights in the Middle East and North Africa with The Ultimate Fighting Championship organisation.  Abu Dhabi Media will offer coverage of over 30 live events alongside UFC Countdown and pre-fight weigh-ins. Abu Dhabi Sports will air original series including behind the scenes […]

YouTube launches subscription channels

YouTube has launched a subscription channels pilot for its site and announced 53 initial participant networks that will kick-off the scheme.  The much-rumoured move will see the Google-owned video site experiment with a new way to monetise content on its site – alongside its core ad-based model – and has already secured a number of […]