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Confirmed: UFC Has New TV Home In UK And Ireland

Confirmed: UFC Has New TV Home In UK And Ireland
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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The UFC confirmed on Thursday morning that it has signed a new multi-year broadcasting deal for the UK and Ireland.

Online broadcaster Eleven Sports will be home of the promotion beginning on January 1, 2019.

It was reported during the summer that BT Sport had lost the rights which it had held since 2013.

Eleven Sports now holds the rights to all 42 live UFC events in 2019. Events will also be available on demand following their broadcast.


"UFC Fight Nights will be shown live on ELEVEN SPORTS, whilst ELEVEN will have the option to make some events available in partnership with other broadcast platforms," said the UFC in a statement.

That line from the statement will be of particular interest to fans. While it seems all fight nights will be shown on the Eleven Sports platform, there may is some uncertainty regarding where numbered pay-per-view events will be broadcast.

In a reply to a fan on Twitter asking if there will be extra charges for pay-per-view events, Eleven Sports said: "Although a small amount of fights may be made available via other platforms at extra cost, we still feel our competitive price point makes this excellent value for fans when spread out over the year."


In another tweet, Eleven Sports said they are in discussions with Sky, BT Sport and Virgin Media regarding the broadcast of certain events.

Eleven Sports already held the rights to La Liga and Serie A. It also broadcasted golf's US Open last month.

Photo by Adam Hunger/Sportsfile


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