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UFC Events Moving to Fox Sports 1 Starting on August 17th, Followed by Wednesday ‘Fight Nights’


(“Listen, Erin, come train with me in Glendale for a couple weeks. I’ll teach you a few things. You’ll never have to feel like a victim again.” Photo via @erinandrews)

During a Fox Sports press conference held yesterday in New York, more details were revealed about the UFC’s cable-TV migration from FX and FUEL to the soon-to-launch FOX Sports 1. Here’s everything you need to know:

- FOX Sports 1 will launch on Saturday, August 17th, featuring a live UFC event in prime time. At this point, no fights have been announced for the event, which has been officially dubbed “UFC on FS1 1,” God help us.

- Following the 8/17 channel launch, the UFC will air 12 “Fight Night” events on Fox Sports 1 through 2014. Though the dates haven’t been finalized, the live fight-cards will take place on Wednesdays, and air from 8-11 p.m.

- FS1 will replace the Speed channel, and will be available in over 90 million homes around the nation. In addition to UFC programming, the new channel will feature Major League Baseball (beginning in 2014), soccer, college football and basketball, and NASCAR events.

- No, this doesn’t mean that UFC events will now be spread over three cable channels. All of the UFC’s programming on FX and FUEL — from Fight Nights, to prelim broadcasts, to preview shows, to their UFC Tonight series — will be moving to Fox Sports 1 starting in August. Well, with one possible exception. When asked about The Ultimate Fighter‘s shift to FS1, Dana White said, “We’re not ready to talk about that yet.” Hmm. Could the old dog finally be put out of its misery?

- As Fox Sports Media Group’s COO and co-president Eric Shanks explained, regarding the UFC’s channel-consolidation: “Dana and Lorenzo have been saying for a long time that fans, honestly, in that first year were a bit confused. Some of it was on Fuel, some was on FX and some was on Fox. This is really that last lever to pull, and it puts everything in one place.”

- The UFC will still air four network events on FOX per year. The promotion’s contract with FOX runs through 2018.

- During yesterday’s press conference, UFC president Dana White was accompanied by champions Anderson Silva, Ronda Rousey, and Cain Velasquez. As Kevin Iole put it on Yahoo!, “It sent a powerful visual, with a black man, a Hispanic man and a white woman being received so well by potential advertisers and sponsors: The UFC cuts across all races and genders.” (Ed. note: The UFC could have saved some money and just brought Benson Henderson. He’s black, he’s Asian, and he has girl-hair.)

- “UFC on FS1 2″ is reportedly being planned for sometime in December, and another Fox Sports 1 UFC event is being discussed for Super Bowl week.

- For more general info on the Fox Sports 1 launch (aka “the biggest sports cable network launch in history”), check out the press release.

Comments

  1. Shifty-Eyed Dog Says:

    Wed, 03/06/13 - 06:54


    That picture just accentuates how NOT attractive Rousey is. A 6 at best. Put her next to an actual hot chick instead of dudes or butch woman fighters and her true ranking is obvious.
  2. danomite Says:

    Wed, 03/06/13 - 07:11


    actually, I was thinking just the opposite. I think Ronda looks better than Erin Andrews in that pic.
  3. danomite Says:

    Wed, 03/06/13 - 07:19


    Is the UFC trying to get me to stop watching their events? I didn't get fucking FUEL tv so I had to watch the fights a day later on the internet, and I'm pretty sure I don't get the SPEED channel even though I FUCKING LIVE IN THE FUCKING STATE WHERE SPEED CHANNEL IS PRODUCED. Thanks to Time Warner cable, even if you pay for cable you don't get to watch certain channels like Speed unless you have a cable box hooked up. Oh well, if I can't watch it I'll just settle on watching Bellator for my weekly fix. Of the Bellator fights I've seen so far, the non-Ben Askren ones have been pretty entertaining.
  4. Alan K Says:

    Wed, 03/06/13 - 07:32


    Hey Erin. Why the long face?
  5. bgoldstein Says:

    Wed, 03/06/13 - 07:37


    I just noticed that Ronda is kind of hover-handing Erin Andrews. #foreveralone
  6. The12ozCurls Says:

    Wed, 03/06/13 - 08:12


    @BG Ronda is hover-handing because she can NOT make physical contact with another woman without the insatiable desire to slap on an arm-bar and something tells me that Erin's binge & purge diet does not do much for her bone density - which means SNAP before she could tap.
  7. ksgbobo Says:

    Wed, 03/06/13 - 09:04


    I think Ronda would be a better screw. Just looking at Erin, you get the feeling like, eh whatever. I just effed Erin Andrews and it was alright. As if you were to do Ronda, you'd probably be in a sexually induced coma with a swollen dick because she just wouldn't stop. But Kate Upton on the other hand...man, the things I would do to get with that and do to that given the opportunity. Man!
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    I'd let them eat crackers in my bed. And by eat crackers I mean slob on my pale white penis.
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