ESPN today announced the scope of a new multiyear agreement with UFC that makes ESPN-branded media platforms the exclusive digital and television home of the UFC in the United States.
Starting in January 2019, ESPN+ and ESPN become the exclusive digital and linear distributors in the U.S. for UFC, showcasing 42 live events, 30 of which will feature a full card of 12 UFC bouts. ESPN linear networks will broadcast 10 exclusive events as well as all UFC pay-per-view preliminary fights, while ESPN+, the recently launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, will offer 20 exclusive events and all preliminary fights for “UFC on ESPN Fight Night” programs.
Events televised by ESPN will be branded “UFC on ESPN Fight Night,” while events streamed live on ESPN+ will carry the “UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night” brand. With this agreement, the only destination where fans can watch all UFC programming is the ESPN app, and in the future, all of the content will be available on ESPN+.
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