WWE’s McMahon resigns following trafficking allegation

WWE parent TKO’s executive chairman Vince McMahon has resigned in the wake of sex-trafficking allegations made by a former employee. Janel Grant has filed a suit alleging McMahon and former talent relations SVP John Laurinaitis sexually assaulted and trafficked her. McMahon, who is also leaving the TKO board, has strongly denied the allegations, describing them […]

Viaplay renews UFC rights in the Nordics

Sweden-based streaming outfit Viaplay has extended its Nordics exclusive streaming deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Viaplay retains its rights to the MMA franchise, with the streaming service to show more than 40 live UFC events every year with local language commentary in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. The renewed agreement includes coverage of all […]

TKO combines UFC and WWE teams following merger

TKO Group which consists of pro-fighting franchises UFC and WWE will combine both companies’ teams into one unit following the merger.  Grant Norris-Jones, who has played a key role across UFC’s global partnerships for six years, has been promoted to executive vice president and head of global partnerships for TKO. He will work alongside Lou Koskovolis, […]

Endeavor Group to close WWE and UFC merger

Endeavor Group is to finalise the merge with its subsidiary company UFC and WWE on September 12. The pro-wrestling franchise is to combine with the martial arts outfit to form TKO Group Holdings (TKO). Once the merge is completed by September 12, the company said TKO will list on the New York Stock Exchange and […]

Foxtel extends long-standing partnership with UFC

Australia’s pay TV provider Foxtel has extended its broadcasting partnership with mixed martial arts organisation UFC to make Foxtel and Kayo Sports the exclusive distributor of all UFC pay per views in the region. From January 2024, all UFC pay per view events will be exclusively broadcasted on Foxtel’s Main event channel on Foxtel and […]

PSSI Global Services deploys Appear’s X Platform for UFC coverage

PSSI Global Services has tapped Appear’s X Platform to deliver contribution backhaul for REMI-based productions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which sees PSSI Global Services launch Appear’s X Platform for its global distribution of UFC coverage beginning in May.  PSSI Global Services will deploy Appear’s X Platform to support high-capacity REMI productions. The first […]

Endeavor to combine UFC and WWE in US$21bn ‘sports and entertainment powerhouse’

LA-based talent group Endeavor has agreed to buy World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as part of a deal to create a $21bn “live sports and entertainment powerhouse”. Endeavor and WWE said they had struck a ‘definitive agreement’ to create an as-yet unnamed new company that will house WWE and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the latter acquired […]

RMC Sport extends French broadcasting rights to MMA bouts

MMA franchise UFC has announced an extension of its broadcast partnership with Altice-owned RMC Sport in France. In a deal that runs until 2025, the exclusive agreement will cover France, Monaco and French overseas territories. RMC Sport will continue to broadcast all main cards from every UFC event live, as well as the preliminary cards […]

BT Sport retains UFC rights

BT Sport has renewed its rights deal with the UFC in the UK. The multi-year partnership will see the pair’s relationship extend beyond a decade, with BT first picking up the rights in 2013.  The agreement will see BT Sport carry all live UFC events, including numbered events and Fight Nights, along with hundreds of […]

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 […]

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