Report: ESPN Has Secured UFC Broadcasting Rights With New, Five Year Deal

ESPN has reportedly reached a new, five year deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to secure the promotion’s entire, broadcasting rights.

Recently Variety reported that the sports network had become the UFC’s primary broadcasting partner, and now ESPN is also reporting the new deal.

According to the report, the agreement is worth $1.5 billion dollars, and will include broadcasts for 30 Fight Night cards annually. The agreement will begin in 2019, after FOX Sports current broadcasting deal with the UFC concludes at the end of this year.

Today’s reports follow the recent news that ESPN+ will begin streaming 15 UFC cards annually next year.

In this episode we follow the fight week of Khabib Nurmagomedov on his way to becoming the undisputed lightweight champion at UFC 223.