ESPN, UFC Reach Multiyear Deal

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The Walt Disney Company, parent company of ESPN, and the UFC have have reached a multiyear deal to bring exclusive UFC Fight Night events to ESPN+ starting in 2019.

The deal was announced by ESPN on Tuesday and is the first media-rights agreement between ESPN and UFC.

Per the deal, ESPN will receiver up to 15 live “UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night” events per year, with 12 bouts on each card.

“UFC is a premier global sports property with legions of incredibly avid fans,” ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro said.

“We are excited to be able to bring their world-class events and content to ESPN+ and ESPN Networks. This agreement shows the commitment we have to delivering fans the very best across our entire platform.”

Additionally, ESPN will air UFC content across multiple platforms, including a 30-minute special before every UFC pay-per-view event. Re-broadcasts of previous fights will also be made available on ESPN platforms and UFC’s Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series will be carried as well, starting in 2019.

“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,” said White, the UFC president. “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. This deal is a home run for ESPN and UFC.”