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Observing a seven-year stretch with FOX, the UFC made the move to ESPN in January, beginning an exclusive media rights deal that put the promotion on the worldwide leader in sports. UFC events were slated to be spread around ESPN’s platform for the flagship network and the brand new ESPN+ streaming service, in addition to the typical existence that was senile.
Perhaps not three months into the deal, the UFC and ESPN expanded its agreement from 2023 to 2025 and enlarged the exclusivity to include pay-per-view.
Many fans and pundits were caught offguard by the move, as fans would now be asked to subscribe to the ESPN+ agency before being able to buy a UFC pay per view. There, of course, was a segment that’s up in arms across the move.
UFC president Dana White, nevertheless, promises that this is a bargain that is going to prove to be a great move not just for the UFC and ESPN, but also for mixed martial arts fans.