As Zuffa continues their international expansion, one of their primary focuses is getting on television…everywhere. And so far, they seem to be doing a pretty damn good job of it. Here’s two more.
News recently broke that the UFC had signed a TV Deal with German station DSF, who has now issued a press release with the details. Translated by Free Fight Videos:
DSF secures UFC rights for the next three years
DSF has secured the television rights to the worlds fastest growing fight sport. Over the next three years, from 2009 to 2011, DSF will televise the world’s most successful Mixed Martial Arts organization, the “Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Beginning on Saturday, 7th of March, DSF will air a weekly highlight magazine, UFC Unleashed, from 11pm to midnight in addiction to regular UFC events.
DSF will also broadcast 20 live and tape delayed UFC events. The first of which will air on the 14th of March from 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 featuring Quinton Jackson and Keith Jardine in Columbus (Ohio). In addition DSF holds the rights to several other UFC shows including UFC Countdown, UFC Wired and UFC All Access.
In total DSF plans to air 170 hours of UFC programming over the 3 year years. The commentary team will consist of Tobias Drews and Oliver Copp, two of Germany’s most respected boxing and martial arts experts.
DSF CEO Oliver Reichert explains: “Having secured the German rights to the UFC, we have the absolute premium content in mixed martial arts. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is a highly professional organization, with dedicated athletes and clear rules and regulations. The UFC will be a important part of our 2009 lineup.”
UFC President Dana White adds: “It was always one of our main objectives to bring the UFC to Germany. We look forward bringing the UFC’s biggest fights and fighters to the many fans in Germany trough our partnership with DSF. In recent years many fans were forced to make long trips to catch the UFC – now they can watch the UFC right in their living rooms on their TV.”
The UFC wasn’t the only Zuffa-owned organization to ink a television deal recently though. The WEC also appears to be spreading its wings with the announcement of a deal with Fox Sports en Español.
Las Vegas, NV (USA) — World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®) and Fox Sports en Español (FSE) announced today that FSE is significantly expanding its mixed martial arts content with the launch of WEC: ALBOROTO, a new Spanish-language compilation program featuring some of the most memorable matchups ever seen in the WEC.
“We are pleased to have this new programming deal in place with Fox Sports en Español, World Extreme Cagefighting will complement UFC programming currently airing on FSE,” said Peter Dropick, Vice President, Event Operations & Production. “Like the UFC, this deal will open up World Extreme Cagefighting and its incredible fighters to a larger, more diverse U.S.-based audience.”
FSE’s new show “WEC: Alboroto” premieres Friday, March 20 at 9pm PT/12:00am ET. FSE network will air 24 one-hour programs throughout the year. The scheduled episodes will feature top WEC fighters in spectacular matchups, including Mike Brown vs. Jeff Curran; Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz; Brian Bowles vs. Charlie Valencia; Damacio Page vs. Scott Jorgensen; and Brandon Foxworth vs. Manny Tapia.
“With the launch of this new programming, Fox Sports en Español demonstrates its continued commitment to providing viewers with coverage of the world’s most exciting sporting events,” said David Sternberg, General Manager & Executive Vice President of Fox Sports International.
In the fall of 2006, Fox Sports en Español and UFC reached a television deal to give FSE Spanish-language television rights to the first UFC show fully produced in Spanish.
It’s also worth noting that Lorenzo Fertitta has revealed they have plans for bringing the UFC to Brazil.