Report: UFC, ESPN Set to Announce UK Deal


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It appears that the UFC will finally end up on ESPN, overseas at least.

British tabloid “The Sun” is reporting that ESPN is getting ready to launch a UK-based television station on August 3 and that the channel will begin airing UFC programming starting with UFC 101: Declaration that coming weekend.

The news comes just days after it was learned that ESPN executive John Skipper recently attended UFC 100 in Las Vegas as a special guest of UFC President Dana White. The original thought was that the two may have been discussing the possibility of more coverage of the UFC, which certainly increased in the days following the event.

Setanta Sports had been the UFC’s main broadcasting outlet in the UK since January 2008, but White and company were forced to terminate their contract with the network after it was forced into legal administration last month.

The UFC first experienced true coverage by ESPN for UFC 71 in May 2007, which saw Quinton Jackson’s shocking knockout of Chuck Liddell to win the UFC light heavyweight title. The network aired the weigh-ins and had live post-event coverage on ESPNEWS.

HT: MMA Mania

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