It’s Official: UFC and Fox Are Now in Business Together

August 18, 2011
Comments off

Los Angeles – On Thursday, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization and No. 1 Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, finds its perfect media match in FOX, the No. 1 television network in the country. FOX Sports Media Group, the umbrella entity representing FOX Networks Group’s wide array of sports platforms, has reached a multi-year, multi-media rights agreement with Zuffa, LLC, owner of the UFC brand.

The landmark agreement, which puts UFC on par with many of the country’s professional sports organizations, delivers four live events in prime time or late night each year to the FOX broadcast network, home to the country’s biggest sports events, including the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500. The first live event airs Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT. Additional programming on multiple FOX networks launches January 2012 and includes live fights, pre and post shows, countdown shows, UFC Unleashed, UFC Primetime, the UFC Knockout series, Best of Pride, weigh-in specials, and much more original content from extensive Zuffa archives.  The agreement also provides for developing robust mobile and authenticated online offerings to exploit a vast array of digital platform rights.

In spring 2012, The Ultime Fighter, UFC’s signature weekly reality show moves to FX, FOX’s general entertainment cable network now in more than 99 million homes.  With the move to FX, the show will feature a newly-designed format. FX is also set to televise another four-to six-live UFC events annually, with a mixture of additional events and programs heading to FSMG cable networks including FUEL TV.

“We’re excited to be part of the FOX family,” says Dana White, UFC President.   “The UFC is finally where it belongs on the number one network in the country and aligned with the most prestigious sports properties in the world.  I’ve always said that the UFC will be the biggest sport in the world and with this relationship it will become a reality.”

“My brother Frank, Dana and I always believed that our passion for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts would help us to build the UFC into a successful global brand and ultimately make it one of the premier sports properties in the world,” said Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of the UFC.  “The partnership with FOX is a major step in making this a reality and also builds on the great relationship that we already have established with FOX in Latin America, Australia and Europe.”

“Mixed martial arts is not only the fastest growing sport in the world, but also the world’s most exciting form of man-to-man competition, and the UFC is the world’s premier MMA organization,” said FSMG President & Co-COO Eric Shanks.  “Since FOX Sports is America’s No. 1 sports network and FOX is America’s No. 1 network for young adults, the UFC on FOX is a perfect match.”

“UFC’s growth over the past decade is nothing short of phenomenal and it has become one of the marquee sports in this country,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.  “There is a reason for its rising popularity.  It features some of the greatest athletes in the world, and we believe it will be a terrific addition to our schedule and look forward to our relationship.”

  • 2000MileWall

    This is great news for the UFC and mma as a whole…Not only is this good for the fans who get to watch more ufc/mma on tv but the fighters who fight on fox will get a nice pay raise from sponcers.

    • blaiwai

      agree 100%

  • lfpunkxx

    Very good news…any network must be better that Versus…lol! Does anyone here actually watch anything else on that channel? Spike isn’t the best channel for quality programming either

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    :’) Our little baby is all grown up…

  • Brass Monkey

    Get ready for the next big growth spurt in MMA popularity. This is going to be huge for the sport. I am excited.

    Your right uncanny, “Our little baby is all grownz up”

  • elguapo

    Anyone here from the UK? How does this effect us? American friends, we get the UFC on ESPN over here, are they affiliated with Fox at all?

    • ShockednAwed

      Nope, ESPN are their own entity, FOX Sports is their direct competition… you guys are more than likely covered by a totally different broadcast deal, specifically for England, or all of Britain, or maybe over parts of Europe. I wouldn’t worry – they’re not going to have made any deal to lose viewers they currently have! :D

      • elguapo

        Ah cool, cheers man. Just another thing, are Fox owned by Rupert Murdoch? In that case we may see the UFC switch over to SKY tv.

  • j-k-martin

    A huge move for MMA. I’m glad to see the sport move forward.