New UFC Network Will Stream European Tour in London And UFC Fight Night 34
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.02.2013
MMA Junkie reports that the new UFC online network will be formally announced later this month, but it is expected to stream the London show of the promotion's UFC tour along with UFC Fight Night 34.
UFC co-owner and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said: "The UFC has always been ahead of the game in the digital world. The UFC was the first major sporting organization to embrace social media and the first to offer live pay-per-view events across multiple digital platforms. The new digital network continues that tradition of innovation, bringing unrivaled choice to UFC fans."
UFC have not revealed the possible prices for the platform but the network will have live and on-demand programming including over a dozen live fight cards starting with UFC Fight Night 34 on January 4 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore. An event in London at the O2 Arena in March 8 will also be streamed on the service, which will replace and enhance UFC.tv. It will allow the promotion to hold international fight cards in prime time in those markets while allowing fans worldwide to see it when TV partners may not allow live programming. The Singapore event begins at 7:30 PM local time, 6:30 AM ET.
Fertitta added: "The UFC's expansion into international markets, and the extended calendar of events, is certainly part of the reason it makes sense to launch the digital network in 2014. UFC fans are the most passionate fans in the world, and we want to ensure they can see every fight and every event no matter where in the world the octagon may be."
International versions of The Ultimate Fighter will also air on the network. Historical fight footage and live fight-week fan and media events will also stream. The UFC has had 30 events in 2013, with three more before the end of the year (eighteen domestic, fifteen internationa in places like Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Japan and Sweden). UFC President Dana White recently said he expected almost fifty events in 2014.