Mixed Martial Arts
Doubling up with ESPN will earn the Ultimate Fighting Championship $300m (€258m) per year from media-rights sales from 2019 to 2023 – a good result given the absence of aggressive bidding from incumbent Fox.
DAZN, the live and on-demand streaming service owned by digital sports media specialist Perform, has bolstered its combat sports content by agreeing a multi-year rights deal with US mixed martial arts promotion Bellator.
Combate Americas, the mixed martial arts sports and multimedia entertainment company targeting Hispanics, has appointed media industry veteran Jacqueline Hernandez as its president.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has completed the first of its US non-pay-per-view deals from 2019, selling exclusive rights to a package of 15 events to media group Disney
UK mixed martial arts promotion Cage Warriors is aiming to become a pan-European operation by the end of 2019, as it looks to diversify its income in the face of uncertainty over the future of its most important rights deal.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s new deal in Poland is aimed at elevating its brand in the country, which has long been dominated by local promotion KSW.
Interview with Craig and Richard Miele, chief executives of Fight Sports, on their acquisition strategy and wider business.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to complete a new deal in the UK and Ireland with incumbent broadcaster BT Sport which will more than double its current media-rights income.
Negotiations between mixed martial arts promotion the Ultimate Fighting Championship and BT Sport over a renewal of their deal have stalled in recent weeks, leaving the door open to other broadcasters.
Telco Econet Wireless has paid a huge increase to land rights to the Extreme Fighting Championship across sub-Saharan Africa.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship bolstered its UFC Fight Pass OTT subscription service last month, maintaining its position as the world’s most content-rich combat channel.