The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is nearing the end of their relationship with broadcasting partner FOX, as the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion will soon exclusively be seen on television through ESPN. With that in mind, it would appear that the UFC will have financial stability for the next half-decade.
The UFC has scored a five-year deal with ESPN. For their exclusive broadcasting rights, the promotion will be compensated $300 million per year of the contract.
In return, the UFC will provide ESPN with 30 Fight Night events and the preliminary card broadcasts for 12 pay-per-view events. After it is all said and done, the UFC has landed a $1.5 billion deal with the sports broadcasting titan.
As reported by MMA Fighting, the UFC’s massive deal with ESPN will be enough for the promotion to be successful through the next half-decade.
“The price tag is enough to make UFC more successful and stable than ever before, even if the pay-per-view business doesn’t rebound and another megastar doesn’t come along.”