UFC reveals details of new Fight Pass digital TV network

UFC Fight Pass,

the

company’s new digital platform, has officially launched

into the hands of consumers. The subscription service will sell for

a $9.99 monthly fee. The channel’s first of at least 10

annual live events will be the

target="_blank">Jan. 4 UFC Fight Night event in Singapore which

features a main event of Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim.

However, that event, as well as the rest of the library, will be

free during an introductory period that will run until Feb. 28.

The service will first launch in the U.S., Canada, Australia and

New Zealand, with plans to roll out in other countries starting

around the first of March, the UFC’s chief content officer

Marshall Zelaznik

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target="_blank">said during a press conference to announce the

initiative during UFC 168 event weekend.

The platform will feature exclusive UFC Fight Night events and

fights from the Zuffa video vaults including UFC, Pride, WEC,

Strikeforce, EliteXC, Affliction and other libraries the promotion

has purchased the rights to over time.

In all, around 3,000 fights will be available. In its first year

of launch, Fight Pass will also be the home for a minimum of 10

live events per year and at least 150 bouts that cannot be seen

anywhere else.

“Content is moving over the top in a lot of ways,”

UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “We saw the success in a lot

of the services, and essentially what we’ve created here is

Netflix for the fight fan.”

Fight Pass will also air replays of UFC television shows

including

target="_blank">The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Unleashed and Best Of

Pride, as well as broadcast original programming, special features

and interviews, among other things.

The real draw is expected to be the live fights, and while most

of the events the channel broadcasts live will be international

shows with fighters that are specific to the region, that will not

always be the case. For example, Fight Pass will broadcast a key

event that emanates from London on March 8. In the main event of

that show, Alexander Gustafsson will take on Jimi Manuwa, with a

No. 1 contender shot on the line for Gustafsson. In theory, it

could be the first step in what would be an anticipated rematch

with champion Jon Jones.

“That’s kind of the flavor of what you’re

going to see on this product,” Fertitta said.

Fight Pass will show those events both live and after the show

in an on-demand format. The service will also exclusively absorb

the “Early Prelims” fights that have been traditionally

livestreamed on Facebook. The UFC has rebranded the Early Prelims

fights as ‘UFC Fight Pass Prelims’, the opening contests of all UFC

Pay-Per-View events and televised cards.

The UFC is currently in discussions with Roku and Apple TV to

offer Fight Pass through an app. The company is also working with

XBox and hoping it will be available on that platform within 60

days.

Fight Pass will include replays of major pay-per-views, although

Zelaznik said the company will still working on how quickly it

would upload current events on to the service. Currently, however,

it is as recent as UFC 167, which aired on Nov. 16.

UFC Fight Pass will offer users access to a minimum of 10 UFC

Fight Night events in 2014, streamed live from around the world.

Here is a full summary of content Fight Pass will offer:

ZUFFA LIBRARY

• The UFC fight library, dating back to UFC 1 in 1993

and including the never-repeated events and fights

• The library of fights from the Pride FC organization

• The library of the WEC organization

• The library of the Strikeforce organization

• Affliction Entertainment events

• The World Fighting Alliance library

• EliteXC’s library

SPECIALS

• UFC president Dana White’s favorite fights

• The greatest KOs in UFC and MMA history

• The greatest fights in UFC and MMA history

• The entire lineage of the UFC world championships

• Greatest grudge matches

• Greatest comebacks

ORIGINALS

• Exclusive backstage access during UFC events

• Exclusive content from UFC president Dana White

• Brand new documentaries on the UFC, MMA and the

sport’s biggest stars

• Exclusive interviews

• UFC FIT fitness and nutrition advice from UFC

fighters and trainers

• International editions of The Ultimate Fighter

including TUF China and TUF Brazil: Team Wanderlei vs Team

Sonnen

HISTORICAL TV PROGRAMMING

• The Ultimate Fighter

• The Ultimate Fighter: Brasil

• The Ultimate Fighert: The Smashes

• UFC Countdown

• UFC Primetime

• UFC All Access

• UFC Wired

• UFC Unleashed

• WEC Wreckcage