UFC Agrees to Exclusive Deal for Pay-Per-View Events with ESPN+
Fans of the UFC will no longer just be able to grab the remote for their cable or satellite box and order the UFC pay-per-view that night. It's going to take a little bit of extra.
President of the UFC Dana White has announced that ESPN+ has become the official exclusive UFC pay-per-view (PPV) distributor for the company. Fans of the UFC will now have to order UFC PPVs through the ESPN+ app, UFC.TV, UFC app, or UFC.com.
Preliminary bouts will still be shown on ESPN prior to the start of the PPVs, however, once the main card begins it will only run through the subscription service. ESPN+ is available for $4.99 per month, and then the UFC PPVs would be the standard $59.99 through the service. There is a special promotion for new subscribers to which they could get one-year of ESPN+ plus a UFC PPV for $79.99.
UFC+ is available through most streaming services including through video game platforms such as PS4 and XBOX One.
The new agreement between the UFC and ESPN+ begins with the next available UFC PPV. UFC 236 takes place on Saturday, April 13. The Washington Post does confirm that the UFC will continue to sell its PPV events to bar establishments, so fans are still able to go around town to watch the shows.