BT Sport lose UFC rights as Eleven Sports pick up UK coverage of Dana White’s MMA promotion
ELEVEN SPORTS have taken another huge step into taking on the top broadcasters after landing the rights to the UFC.
The new start-up – owned by Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani – have already taken the Serie A and La Liga coverage.
Eleven plan on launching two channels in the UK, while also have an online subscription service.
And in a major coup, they have now grabbed the rights for the leading MMA promotion in the world.
The broadcaster will start showing UFC from January next year, and have all 42 events in 2019.
They will also have more than 150 hours of original and archive programming as part of the multi-year deal.
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Eleven could also link up with Sky or BT Sport as part of pay-per-view packages for the biggest fighters such as Conor McGregor.
Fights Nights will also be available on demand in full after the event, meaning UK viewers do not have to stay up through the night.
Danny Menken, Group Managing Director of Eleven Sports, said: “UFC has become a massive brand.
“It has built a hugely dedicated and engaged following over 25 years, and is a perfect fit for our fan centric strategy.”