After months of speculation regarding the future of UFC TV rights in the UK and Ireland, the promotion have today confirmed the details of their new partnership with global sports distributor Eleven Sports, set to begin in January 2019.
The UFC have announced that Eleven have secured the rights to all 42 live UFC events in 2019, as well as over 150 hours of UFC original and archive programming in what is being described as “a multi-year agreement”.
The most common concern since rumours of the deal first surfaced has been the potential cost. An ELEVEN SPORTS Monthly Pass will be £5.99, whilst an ELEVEN SPORTS Annual Pass will cost subscribers £59.99.
Under the deal, UFC Fight Nights will be shown live on Eleven Sports, with Eleven having the option to “make some events available in partnership with other broadcast platforms”.
There have been no specific details released regarding how Eleven intend to distribute the UFC PPV events which were free for fans to watch under the previous deal with BT Sports.
There is some good news for fans who rely on recording the action to catch up at a more sociable hour. All Fight Night events that are shown live on Eleven Sports will also be available on demand in full after the event.
The content will be distributed on Eleven’s online streaming platform via http://www.elevensports.uk and iOS and Android mobile and tablet apps, without the need for set top boxes, bundled packages or contracts. Fans can also watch on traditional TV screens by using Google Chromecast.
Eleven have confirmed that they are in discussion with all major broadcast platforms, third party streaming services and smart TV manufacturers to offer fans the widest possible access but is currently unable to confirm any details of their plans.