The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Channel 5 have united to air Fight Night next month.
The martial arts organisation will see its inaugural EMEA Fight Night, from the O2 Arena in London, broadcast on Channel 5. The agreement comes thanks, Channel 5 note, due to demand for UFC programming in the UK and will be the first time a UFC event has been broadcast live to a terrestrial audience.
The popularity of the UFC is soaring throughout Europe, with the event at the O2 Arena selling out in a matter of hours. Last year three events were held throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with that number doubling to six in 2014, starting with London and then Abu Dhabi. – channel 5
The first live broadcast will see Gustafssn vs. Manuwa on the 8th of March at 9 pm. and will be followed by highlights until 11 pm. UFC programming is broadcast in over 145 countries, to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide, in 28 different languages.
This gives the entire British public the opportunity to watch UFC programming live on free to air TV and we are very excited to be working with Channel 5 to provide this experience.
The UFC are incredibly proud of the EMEA FIGHT NIGHTS that will we will be hosting throughout 2014, showcasing some of our incredible talent at Saturday primetime, across the regions to millions of existing and new fans. – Garry Cook, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of UFC EMEA