UFC Inks 5-Year Deal to Broadcast on ESPN

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The UFC has agreed to a five-year deal with ESPN to broadcast its events on the network in 2019, reports ESPN.

Earlier this month, both companies announced their partnership, which will cost $1.5 billion over the course of the deal.

In the deal, ESPN will broadcast 30 UFC Fight Night events per year, including 10 main cards on ESPN’s TV networks, while the remaining 20 will stream on ESPN+, the company’s new streaming service.

Additionally, ESPN will air preliminary bouts ahead of 12 pay-per-view events.

Apparently, FOX Sports was in talks to continue their partnership with the UFC, but instead, signed a deal for WWE’s SmackDown Live.

For the UFC, the deal brings more profits to the company, which historically relied heavily on a pay-per-view model.