With the recent commencement of the UFC’s new television and streaming pact with ESPN and ESPN+ in the United States, you might be wondering what’s going to happen with UFC Fight Pass, the promotion’s subscription-based streaming product.
We know the question you might be asking right now: “Since ESPN and ESPN+ will have UFC fights and programming, should I get rid of my subscription cold turkey, especially since I might not need it anymore?”
Hold on to it! When you get through reading this article, you’ll have reason to stay subscribed to Fight Pass, believe me.
In short, UFC Fight Pass is not going anywhere. The service will continue to provide live coverage of returning favorites like Cage Warriors, INVICTA FC, and Superfights from the GLORY Kickboxing promotion.
This year, new promotions have been added to the platform.
World Lethwei Championship, a bareknuckle fighting promotion, will premiere on UFC Fight Pass on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 a.m. Eastern Time (3 a.m. Pacific Time) live from Myanmar. Set your alarms for that one, or if you cannot watch live, Fight Pass will, as always, have the event archived later in the day.
Speaking of lethwei, UFC Fight Pass will offer fights from Lethwei Fighting Championship in addition to WLC coverage.
Furthermore, Fight Pass will also regularly feature boxing beginning Jan. 31. Roy Jones Jr. Boxing’s first card on UFC Fight Pass will originate from Alpine, CA at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT that Thursday evening.
The deal runs through 2022 between Jones’ promotion and UFC Fight Pass and covers a maximum of 72 boxing events total during the life of the contract
As far as Muay Thai goes, the Friday Night Fights promotion (unrelated to the former ESPN2 televised boxing package) will continue to be offered on UFC Fight Pass, along with Bangkok Fights and the Muay Thai Grand Prix.
Fight Pass just recently added CES MMA, formerly part of AXS TV’s Friday night programming block, AXS TV Fights, to its platform. According to Brian Gerson of MMASucka.com, “CES MMA’s move from television to online streaming came as a result of an expiring deal with AXS TV. Once the defunct home of diverse North American mixed martial arts programming and broadcasts, AXS TV dumped another combat sports broadcast property.”
Gerson’s article notes that AXS TV is beginning to move away from mixed martial arts on its network.
As previously stated, early prelims will continue on Fight Pass, but are now exclusive to pay-per-view events.
It’ll be a fun year on Fight Pass for sure, in my opinion.
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