The UFC released the teaser video above this past weekend pointing to something called “UFC Central”, but no one knew what it was until now. It turns out it’s a UFC produced pre and post-fight show that will run before and after UFC 129.
Oddly, the pre-show will begin this Saturday at 8pm ET/5pm PT on UFC.tv. I say oddly because the Facebook prelims start at 6pm ET/3pm PT, so you’ll have to pick between watching live fights, the pre-show or flipping back and forth.
The post-show will follow the pay-per-view, but you will have to purchase the pay-per-view through UFC.tv to get access.
The shows will be hosted by Todd Harris, Stephan Bonnar, Kenny Florian and Molly Qerim.
Update: The official press release has a few more details on UFC Central, including some incentives to purchase the internet pay-per-view.
UFC Central, which begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, will feature pre-fight analysis and be available for free during the first hour on UFC.TV. Once the UFC 129 live broadcast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, UFC Central will only be available to fans that purchased the event for viewing on UFC.TV and will capture interviews with fighters on the fight card during the live broadcast as well as other analyst commentary.
UFC Central will be offered as a seventh video feed and fifth audio feed, leveraging UFC.TV’s multi-camera view and multi-audio feed experience. During the live event, fans will have the option inside of UFC.TV to select UFC Central as the main broadcast; or, drag and drop it into Picture-n-Picture or Quad View so that UFC Central can be watched and/or listened to alongside the broadcast of the main fight card.
Immediately following the live broadcast, UFC Central will be offered for free at UFC.TV with post-fight analysis, making it the ultimate destination for the most comprehensive UFC 129 news.