This is the greatest thing to ever happen in MMA, MORE FREE FIGHTS!
As expected, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to FOX.
UFC and FOX officials today announced a new seven-year, multimedia-rights agreement that includes four live events broadcast in prime time on FOX, as well as four to six live events each year on FOX’s cable network, FX.
FX and FUEL TV also will broadcast extensive UFC programming, including live fights, pre- and post-event shows, countdown shows, “UFC Unleashed,” “UFC Primetime,” “UFC Knockouts,” “Best of PRIDE” and weigh-in specials, as well as “The Ultimate Fighter reality series,” which will now feature live fights and fan-voted matchups during two annual seasons.
The UFC’s first FOX-broadcast event takes place Nov. 12. UFC president Dana White said the likely host city for the event is Anaheim, Calif. He did not reveal any fights for the card.
“We’re excited to be part of the FOX family,” White stated in an official release. “The UFC is finally where it belongs on the No. 1 network in the country and aligned with the most prestigious sports properties in the world. I’ve always said that the UFC will be the biggest sport in the world, and with this relationship it will become a reality.”
Source: MMA Junkie
Wait there’s more! To recap:
– Live FOX events on the WEST COAST and not tape delayed. The first FOX card airs 9 PM ET/6 PM PT.
– The 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter will have live fights each Friday night. The pre-recorded drama of the show will be recapped followed by the live fight that night on FX. Rinse and repeat until the live TUF Finale.
– FX will air 4-6 Fight Night cards and 2 TUF Finales in addition to the weekly TUF fights before the finale.
– Fuel TV will air the prelims of PPVs.
– The UFC retains control of their production of the event. No Gus Johnson at all.
– The Gladiator theme with that stupid “FACE THE PAIN!” song will go. New graphics will also be in the works so consider this a new era for the UFC.
This is phenomenal. The Ultimate Fighter series is being revitalized and you’ll see the UFC on live free TV in some form virtually every other week. I love this deal already. Will I live blog the first UFC on FOX? You bet I will.