ESPN has signed the UFC to a rights deal for its new streaming network, ESPN+, landing 15 events beginning in 2019.
The deal is only for a portion of the pricey rights for the mixed-martial arts league, leaving plenty for another TV or streaming partner. The UFC has aired on Fox Sports since 2011.
“UFC is a premier global sports property with legions of incredibly avid fans. We are excited to be able to bring their world-class events and content to ESPN+ and the ESPN networks. This agreement shows the commitment we have to delivering fans the very best across our entire platform,” said Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN President and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks.
More to come…