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UFC awards next cycle of rights in Canada

The Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts series has awarded rights in Canada to pay-television broadcasters TSN, RDS and Fight Network.

The multi-year rights deals will begin in January 2015.

Bell Media-owned TSN and RDS will show major live events, preliminary cards of UFC pay-per-views, domestic Fight Night events, and the Ultimate Fighter reality-television series.

Fight Network will broadcast international Fight Night events plus preliminary fights for domestic non-pay-per-view cards.

All of the broadcasters will produce live pre-fight programming before pay-per-view events and will show pre-produced programmes such as the series’ ‘Countdown’ shows and best-of packages.

TSN will show coverage in English, while RDS will broadcast coverage in French.