UFC is set to make ESPN-plus the exclusive distributor of its “pay-per-view” events.
UFC and ESPN had already launched a billion-dollar partnership earlier this year… but the clients had no way to watch the MMA promotion’s biggest cards of the month.
UFC 236 on April 13 will mark the PPV debut of the promotion on ESPN-plus. UFC PPV cards sold through ESPN-plus will include all bouts on the main card. The preliminary fights already aired on ESPN or ESPN-plus.
UFC Pay-Per-Views are now available for purchase exclusively through ESPN+ (US Only).
— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2019
The PPV agreement will take UFC and ESPN’s deal through 2025.
The companies had previously agreed to a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that started in January and marks the latest move away from traditional cable and satellite television operators.
ESPN-plus can be streamed on multiple smart devices.