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Setanta extends UFC rights deal in Ukraine

Setanta Sports has agreed to extend its broadcast rights deal with the UFC in Ukraine. The broadcaster will carry live events from the MMA promoter through to 2024. Setanta will also broadcast shoulder programming such as UFC Connected and Reloaded.  This extends a deal which was first agreed in 2019, and makes up a sports […]

DAZN agrees deals with Matchroom Boxing and UFC

DAZN has agreed a pair of major combat sports rights deals.  The more high profile of the two deals is a record-breaking agreement with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Terms of the deal, which goes into effect on July 1, have not been disclosed, but The Athletic reports that the agreement is “worth well into nine […]

UFC signs ‘groundbreaking’ deal with TikTok

Leading MMA organisation UFC has announced a ‘groundbreaking’ multi-year partnership with short-form video app TikTok. The deal will see UFC produce live content on what is claimed to be the world’s fastest-growing social media platform. This includes new weekly shows on TikTok that will be programmed around upcoming UFC live events. The UFC has promised […]

French MMA broadcast ban lifted

France’s ban on the broadcast of mixed martial arts (MMA) events has been lifted. The French Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FMMAF) has confirmed that the regulator Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has agreed to lift the ban following years of disputes. MMA was banned in 2016, with the French government refusing to recognise the FMMAF […]

UFC signs deals with Facebook and Russia’s Tricolor

Combat sports competition the UFC has inked a one-year deal with Facebook. The arrangement will see the UFC produce three original shows for Facebook Watch, with all content to be tied to 20 UFC events over the next year. The short-form shows are Quick Hits, The Check-In How and Fighter Commentary. Quick Hits is a […]

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 […]