ESPN+ have secured yet another massive deal within the MMA world, becoming the exclusive home of all UFC PPV events. Jointly announced by UFC and ESPN officials today, the deal will take place under the current seven year deal that started on the streaming service at the beginning of this year, taking over from longtime broadcaster Fox Sports.
ESPN+ currently streams all UFC Fight Night events and also showcases the preliminary bouts of their current PPV cards. Disney, who own ESPN, said they are hoping this will be a major boost for their newly launched streaming service as it will give a direct to consumer product that can be viewed on the go. UFC President Dana White also stated that the UFC will still distribute PPV events to commercial locations, so viewings in your local bars will continue uninterrupted.
UFC Pay-Per-Views are now available for purchase exclusively through ESPN+ (US Only).
— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2019
The only downside there seems to be however, grinding the gears of fans all over? You will need an ESPN+ subscription to be able to purchase the PPV events..
Dana White however has reassured fans, and gone on the record stating ”ESPN+ will deliver the best pay-per-view experience ever, with unrivaled access to live fights. You get replays, archives, originals, and so much more. If you are a UFC fan, ESPN+ is a must have.” In a service which seems eerily similar to Fight Pass, its questionable that this new deal with ESPN+ could be driving customers away from the UFC’s own product?
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