The UFC has announced that they have come to an agreement with Fox Sports en Español which will allow them to provide their brand of mixed martial arts to their Spanish viewers for the first time ever.
The exclusive one-year deal includes Spanish-language television and video on demand rights to “Gladiadores del UFC™,” a series of six one-hour UFC® fight specials that will air over the course of six months.
The commentary will be provided by former boxer Genaro Hernández and Tony Rivera and the show will premier November 3rd at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT.
The first episode of “Gladiadores del UFC” features the top fighters from the UFC’s most competitive weight class, the welterweights. Former UFC welterweight champion BJ Penn kicks things off with perhaps his most explosive performance ever when he faces Caol Uno in a bout from UFC 34 that took place back when ‘The Prodigy’ was tearing through the lightweight division. Next, Canada’s Georges St. Pierre cements his number one contender status at UFC 56 when he squares off against current lightweight champion Sean Sherk, and then two of the division’s young guns, Diego Sanchez and Nick Diaz, clash in a grudge match that lives up to all expectations. In the first episode’s main event, UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes battles longtime rival Frank Trigg at UFC 52 in a bout many have dubbed the greatest welterweight match in mixed martial arts history.
The IFL and Fox Sports Net have announced their TV schedule.
The fall IFL broadcast schedule on FOX Sports Net will be: (all times p.m.)
Sunday, September 24 6:00*
Sunday, October 1 6:00**
Monday, October 2 8:00 (Best Damn Sports Show Period, Two Hour special)
Sunday, October 8 6:00*
Sunday, November 12 6:00**
Sunday, November 19 6:00***
Sunday, November 26 6:00***
Sunday, December 31 6:00 (Two hour championship finals show)****
*- Featuring matches from Sept. 9 Portland, Ore. Quarterfinal event
**- Featuring matches from Sept. 23 Quad Cities, Ill. Quarterfinal event
***- Featuring matches for November Semifinal event (site TBD)
****- Final event at site TBD
Fox Sports will continue its partnership with Pride Fighting Championship Sunday, August 27th as they will broadcast fights from Pride Fighting Championship Bushido Survival 2nd Round. None of the fights will be shown in North America on pay per view so FSN will have a two-hour special.
The special will feature three main events and if time permits they could broadcast as many as nine bouts. The first bout will be Dan Henderson vs. Kazuo Masaki followed by Dennis Kang vs. Amar Suloev and finally Takanori Gomi vs. David Baron.