Following UFC 160, UFC President Dana White flirted with the idea that the UFC could possibly hold its first ever event in Mexico in October of this year. That statement could actually materialize into a reality now that the UFC has announced that they have an exclusive distribution agreement in place with Televisa Networks.
As per a press release issued by the UFC, Televisa reaches 20 Spanish Speaking countries in Latin America. As part of the agreement, Televia will launch a 24 hour, 7 day a week UFC channel featuring the world’s best mixed martial arts programming including premiere live events. The new subscription network will be available late 2013.
With the exception of Brazil, Latin America will now have access to view 35 live events a year as well as the opportunity to view past bouts from the UFC, Pride FC, WEC and Strikeforce. The UFC Channel will also feature original programming, such as their flagship reality series “The Ultimate Fighter”, all broadcast in Spanish.
“The launch of the UFC Channel will be a game changer for our sport and its fans throughout Latin America. We are giving millions of fans across the region complete access to all our live events and programming for the first time,” said Lorenzo Fertitta, owner and co-founder of Zuffa LLC, parent entity of the UFC. “UFC is the fastest growing sports organization in history and with the strength of Latin America’s premier media group Televisa, the UFC Channel will become the fastest growing sports network in television history,” added.
Bruce Boren, General Manager of Televisa Networks said via press release: “The new UFC Channel occupies a coveted position in both sports entertainment and lifestyle ecosystems. Through live fights, UFC classic bouts, Strikeforce, Pride, and other related content for the mixed martial arts fans, this 24/7 channel further strengthens Televisa Networks’ offering “.
The UFC also released the following information on a statement on their website:
Before the dedicated UFC Subscription Channel launch, Televisa has the rights to air UFC content in 20 countries in Latin America, excluding Brazil, starting June 2013. Fans can watch UFC programming on TDN in Mexico and Golden Channel in Latin America, including four live events broadcast on Televisa Free-to-Air Channel 5 in Mexico and other Free-to-Air networks in Latin America, annually.