ESPN Is The New Home For The UFC Live Odds
Schedule for January 19th, 2019
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|Fight Nights||Platform||# of Events|
|UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night||ESPN+||20|
|UFC on ESPN Fight Night *||ESPN networks||10|
|UFC PPV Preliminary Fights||ESPN networks||12|
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* Prelims for UFC on ESPN Fight Night will be streamed live on ESPN+
ESPN+ costs $4.99 per month, which is five dollars cheaper than UFC Fight Pass and it would seemingly offer more in the way of exclusive content. Along with the information above, the following content is also going to be a part of the full ESPN deal.
- Exclusive, all new-seasons of “Dana White’s Contender Series” beginning in June 2019
- A new original, all-access series produced by IMG Original Content
- Exclusive pre- and post-event shows for all 30 “UFC on ESPN Fight Night” programs on ESPN and ESPN+
- Non-exclusive access to UFC’s full archive of programming, including historic events, classic bouts, and original programming
- Additional UFC-branded content, including “UFC Countdown” shows, press conferences, weigh-ins, and pre-and post-shows
The "non-exclusive access" portion of that excerpt is likely referring to Fight Pass still retaining the UFC's historic library. The UFC's streaming service could also maintain its agreements with Invicta FC, Glory Kickboxing and other smaller promotions as a means to retain value. However, it remains to be seen if there will be enough left on Fight Pass for it to survive once the ESPN deal hits full swing.
A new era has begun for the UFC and ESPN. Considering the hefty cash investment, it seems obvious to expect the UFC to be one of ESPN's primary focuses in the near future.
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