The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced a new two-year distribution agreement with FOX Sports that will give the television network the rights to air UFC content in 18 Latin America countries, not including Brazil.
Beginning this Saturday, Aug. 6, with UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz, FOX Sports will air 24 LIVE UFC events per year over the next two years. What better way to get a whole new segment of the world’s population addicted to the UFC drug than by giving them a free taste?
Patrick Ilabaca, VP of global marketing and business development at FOX Pan American Sports, explains:
“We are excited to be able to bring our viewers a front row seat to the fastest growing sport in world through our agreement with UFC, mixed martial arts fans throughout Latin America will for the first time be able to watch live UFC events exclusively on FOX Sports, which were traditionally only available on Pay-Per-View.”
UFC President Dana White said they felt the time was right to expand into Latin America. They launched Globosat in Brazil in 2008 and saw the popularity for the sport explode. White said they knew they had millions of fans in Latin America and wanted to give them access to exclusive content and programming.
UFC events will be available on FOX Sports, FOX Sports+, and FOX Sports HD, and all live events will air on FOX Sports and FOX Sports HD on Saturdays at 10 p.m. (Buenos Aires) and 8 p.m. (Mexico City).
MMA fans can visit FOX Sports’ dedicated UFC page at www.foxsportsla.com which features news, commentary, fight cards and more.