UFC makes ESPN+ streaming service the exclusive home of all future pay-per-view fights

UFC and ESPN announced that this afternoon ESPN + will become a monopolist and distributor of MMA company pay-per-view events. The seven-year contract has been extended to a partnership between the UFC and ESPN's stand-alone streaming service, which replaced Fox Sports as the home of UFC Fight Night earlier this year. ESPN + has already streamed the preliminary game for UFC monetization, but it is now the centerpiece for everything. UFC is responsible for all of its own events, but Disney hopes to become a place where consumers expect to greatly improve their first direct consumer streaming service.

New ESPN + subscribers can join the UFC PPV for $ 79.99 with one year of service subscription. For existing ESPN + customers, this service is more than 2 million. It costs $ 59.99 per UFC paid view. (ESPN + costs $ 4.99 a month.)

UFC will continue to distribute PPV matches in commercial areas, so you do not have to worry that ESPN will ruin your watch party at the local sports bar. But traditional cable and satellite providers are being cut off with this new contract starting on April 13 with UFC 236. "UFC's digital brands – UFC.TV, UFC.com and UFC App – continue to be PPV cases," the UFC said in a press release. The company's own UFC Fight Pass continues to stream the pre-lim while providing replay of the old event.

But Dana White, president of UFC, says ESPN + will provide the best pay-per-view experience because of its excellent accessibility to live events. Replays, archives, and more. If you are a UFC fan, ESPN + must be there. "Disney clearly wants fans to reach the same conclusion: The service does not have SportsCenter or focuses on live gaming and origin, but instead shows the air on the ESPN network. NHL but offers a large number of live streams from MLS, Grand Slam Tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, etc. [30] ]

Disney says ESPN + and the UFC can try different packaging for the next few months, and Disney + will be the only place where the company's investors Will be released next month. Disney will have a majority stake in Hulu after the acquisition of 21st Century Fox's assets A. It is expected to take place early tomorrow night, so ESPN +, can be a UFC pay-per-view and even visualize any combination of Hulu and mixed together in the future.