Welcome to the new normal.
Earlier Monday, ESPN, a network which will celebrate its 40th anniversary on-air in early September, extended its current pact with the Ultimate Fighting Championship through the end of the 2025 calendar year, changing the way United States fans will watch UFC pay-per-views.
Effective with the April 13 UFC 236 main card, ESPN+ is now the exclusive home to UFC pay-per-view main cards.
UFC 236 will be highlighted by Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier in the main event. At stake: the UFC Interim Lightweight title.
That night’s co-main event sees Kelvin Gastelum facing Israel Adesanya for the promotion’s Interim Middleweight belt.
The new ESPN+ pay-per-view exclusivity brings an end to years of UFC fans purchasing pay-per-view events through participating cable companies or satellite providers.
In light of these events, ESPN is now selling subscriptions with the main cards being packaged in. New subscribers can buy an ESPN+ package including UFC pay-per-views for $80 per month.
Those who already subscribe to ESPN+ will pay $60 for pay-per-views.
UFC President Dana White was quoted as saying:
“Today’s announcement further establishes the strength of the partnership between UFC and ESPN. Now our fans will be able to watch all UFC events exclusively on ESPN platforms, including ESPN+, which is an innovative way to deliver fights to our young fan base. I couldn’t be more excited to work with ESPN for the next seven years. Together we’re going to do amazing things to help grow this sport.”
White discussed this and other matters with veteran MMA journalist Megan Olivi in a video on the official UFC YouTube channel:
The next ESPN+ UFC event takes place this Saturday night from Nashville. We’ll have a preview of this card later on in the week.
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