On Tuesday, FOX officials announced “FOX Sports 1” will launch Saturday, August 17. What’s that mean for MMA fans? All UFC content previously seen on FUEL TV and FX now moves to the new sports channel that was created to rival ESPN.
The Octagon hosts their first live FS1 event on launch date. No bouts were announced for “UFC on FS1 1.”
According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, FS1 will feature 12 live “UFC on FS 1” events on Wednesdays at 8PM ET/5PM PT through 2014. Dates to be determined.
Furthermore, FS1 will broadcast all pay-per-view and FOX preliminary bouts. “UFC Tonight,” the weekly authority for UFC news and information, also transitions from FUEL to FS1.
FS1 now has access to the UFC library, which contains hundreds of hours of programs and events.
According to FOX’s press release, FS1 is available in over 90 million homes, making this the biggest sports cable network launch in history. FS1 is one of the largest network launches ever.
In addition to UFC content, FSN 1 will include college football, basketball, NASCAR and soccer.
FOX previously announced plans to rebrand SPEED and FUEL TV as FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, respectively.