FOX acquires exclusive UFC rights

 FOX Networks Group (FNG) Latin America and The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced a multi-year rights deal to broadcast UFC events in the region. The company will air over 160 hours of live content annually. It will be available on FOX Sports and FOX Premium App & TV.

The news comes after Televisa decided to stop broadcasting the competition in Latin America (except Mexico) last April, and replaced the UFC Network channel with the new Fighting Sports Network.

The partnership kicks off on May 13 al will reach 44 million households in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries. Mexico will become part of the licensed territory starting Jan 1, 2019. The agreement includes prime time UFC Pay-Per-View events, UFC Fight Nights and long running reality show “The Ultimate Fighter”.

“Having UFC back, the most recognized combat sports brand in the world, will allow us to deliver first class MMA content through our channels and digital platforms”, said Francisco Pazmiño, Senior VP of Acquisitions and Programming Strategy, FOX Sports Latin America. “We will seek to create synergies with the FOX Sports team in the United States, also UFC right holders, to deliver the most complete UFC experience to our fans”, the executive added.