UFC on Versus 5 gets last-minute TV partner in U.K. with Premier Sports TV

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emfleek
8/12/11 10:17:08AM
Sunday's UFC on Versus 5 event will air live in the U.K. after all.

UFC officials today announced that Premier Sports TV channel 433 will show the event live.

Officials from the UFC's usual TV outlet – the premium-cable channel ESPN UK – recently announced they won't be carrying the Aug. 14 event, and other future events could be affected. (ESPN UK doesn't have the rights to air Versus events and must negotiated them on an event-by-event basis.)

Prior to the addition of Premier Sports TV, which will air the event in free-view mode, UFC officials planned to stream the entire card in the U.K. via UFC.tv. Premier Sports is available on the Sky platform, though Virgin and Freeview customers still will need to use the free UFC.tv. stream as an alternative since they don't have access to Premier Sports.

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prophecy033
8/12/11 12:19:42PM
I'd love to have live mma on ESPN here in the states, it would make sense considering their the world wide leader in sports. The show bowling, tennis, and gold for crying out loud, why not mma
MMAcca
8/12/11 3:33:10PM
PABLOMAFIOSO
8/13/11 7:12:25AM
Still whack for people who don't have sky. Why are UFC making ESPN pay for their weakest cards (free in the US) on an event by event basis?
moob
8/13/11 8:26:53AM
Good news. Although there's no way I'm staying up until 4-5am on a work day to watch it.
MMAcca
8/13/11 1:34:21PM

Posted by PABLOMAFIOSO

Still whack for people who don't have sky. Why are UFC making ESPN pay for their weakest cards (free in the US) on an event by event basis?



The broadcast deal is up soon.

Seems like a move to Sky Sports (and PPV) is imminent.....
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