Yesterday, we briefly touched on the UFC landing a television deal in Germany, and negotiating for one in Mexico. And today comes news that they’ve also signed a deal to being UFC programming to France, among other places.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization has reached a new agreement with AB Groupe’s RTL9 to bring the world’s most exciting sport to over 14 million French-language homes across 38 countries and territories on two continents, Europe and Africa.
In addition to France, other territories covered in the agreement are DOM TOM, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Saint Pierre, St. Miquelon Island, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Martinique, La Reunion, Wallis and Futuna Islands, New Caledonia, Mayotte and French Polynesia.
And, in French-speaking Africa: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia and Zaire.
Not that the majority of fans don’t already know this, but when you sit back and think about where the UFC and mixed martial arts was even five short years ago, it’s incredible to see where it’s at now and where it’s going.
Hell, at this rate, in another five years, Dana will probably start talking about taking over the moon. Don’t think he wouldn’t if it there was money to be made there.