The UFC and ESPN announced a “groundbreaking agreement” Tuesday morning.
The organization will stream 15 live events exclusively on ESPN+ starting in January 2019. The events will be branded “UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night” and will have 12 fights each.
“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with The Walt Disney Company and ESPN on an agreement that will continue to grow our sport. UFC has always done deals with the right partners at the right time and this one is no exception. We will now have the ability to deliver fights to our young fan base wherever they are and whenever they want it. This deal is a home run for ESPN and UFC,” UFC president Dana White said in a release.
Other programming will also be featured on ESPN+ next year, including new seasons of Dana White’s Contender Series June 2019, a new all-access series, pre-fight and post-fight shows, and additional UFC-branded content.
The release states the following about the future of UFC Fight Pass.
“In addition to the live events and content included in the ESPN+ subscription, fight fans will be able to purchase and watch UFC FIGHT PASS® (UFC’s DTC streaming offering) and UFC PPV events via ESPN+, for a separate cost,” the release stated.
Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month or $49.99 per year.