Well, it’s the holiday season once again. It’s the season of giving, so let’s see what MMA has given us this year. So, while visions of first-round knockouts are dancing in your heads, let’s look under the tree. Come on, everybody!
Oh, I think I know what this one is! It reads, “To: The Fans. From: ONE Championship.” Look!
Starting in January, Bleacher Report Live, the subscription-based streaming service from Turner, will stream ONE Championship events to the platform, with 24 cards being shown on the service each year.
With Demetrious Johnson already tied to the promotion, this strengthens the company’s footprint in the United States. This gift will keep on giving for three years. Let’s open up another present.
Hmm, this one is marked: “To: Fans everywhere. Warmest regards: The PFL.”
Yes! This gift contains six belts!
New Year’s Eve marks the PFL’s championship card at Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Each weight class will have its championship belt at stake on Dec. 31. I’m most excited for the Featherweight and Middleweight championship fights. The top two seeds will fight in each division for the belt.
It gets no better than that, ladies and gentlemen. There are still some gifts left to open, so let’s keep going.
Let’s see: “For the MMA fan on your list this year. From: DAZN.”
All right! This present is awesome! DAZN offers Bellator MMA, Combate Americas, and other MMA promotions, along with boxing from Golden Boy and Matchroom Boxing.
But wait—what’s this big gift right here? Man, this one’s heavy. Could it be?
IT IS! “To: The Fanatics. From: ESPN.”
As I’m sure you know by now, in the new year, ESPN and ESPN+ will take over as the official UFC TV and streaming partner in the United States.
ESPN’s TV properties are guaranteed 10 UFC Fight Night cards per year over the course of the five-year contract, with ESPN’s properties airing or streaming 30 UFC Fight Night cards over that span.
I hope your Christmas holiday is filled with peace, good food, and time with loved ones. Now, could somebody help me clean up all this wrapping paper?
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