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UFC launches Fight Pass in Japan

Ultimate Fighting Championship has launched its direct-to-consumer OTT service UFC Fight Pass in Japan.

The service offers an interface and event commentary in Japanese, and localised content. Its first live event is this Sunday’s UFC Fight Night, with a headline fight between former middleweight champion and number-one-ranked Robert Whittaker and number-five-ranked Darren Till. The event is being held at the promoter’s Fight Island venue in Abu Dhabi.

Pricing options include a monthly subscription at JPY2799 ($26.09/€22.58) per month and an annual subscription at JPY26,899 ($250.96/€216.96) per year. A seven-day free trial offer began yesterday and runs until August 7.

As well as UFC live events, the platform will offer Japanese subscribers: live events from other fight sports promotions including Invicta FC, LFA, Quintet, and Roy Jones Jr Boxing; an archive of past UFC events; UFC programmes including The Ultimate FighterUFC Year of the FighterFightloreUFC Fight Physics, and Knockouts Only; and programmes from other fight sports promotions including Strikeforce, Pride, WEC and Pancrase.

The service will allow subscribers to watch in 1080p resolution, offer a ‘multi-view’ option enabling multiple streams to be viewed simultaneously, stream the UFC Fight Pass linear channel, and allow downloads of content for offline viewing.