The Ultimate Fighting Championship has taken a gigantic step towards hosting their first event in Mexico. On Thursday, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion announced they have landed an exclusive broadcast deal with Televisa Networks to air UFC programming in 20 Spanish speaking countries throughout Latin America, including Mexico.
In addition, the UFC will launch a channel that will feature 24/7 UFC programming by late 2013. The new subscription station includes live UFC events.
Viewers across Latin America, except Brazil because they already have a separate deal in place, will have access to over 35 live events per year, as well as the opportunity to experience past scraps from the UFC, Pride FC, WEC and Strikeforce – equaling more than 20,000 hours of content.
The UFC Channel will also feature original programming such as reality series, all broadcast in Spanish.
“The launch of the UFC Channel will be a game changer for our sport and its fans throughout Latin America. We are giving millions of fans across the region complete access to all our live events and programming for the first time,” said UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta. “UFC is the fastest growing sports organization in history and with the strength of Latin America’s premier media group Televisa, the UFC Channel will become the fastest growing sports network in television history.”
Before the UFC Channel kicks into play, Televisa has the rights to air UFC content in 20 countries in Latin America, excluding Brazil, starting June 2013. Fans can watch UFC programming on TDN in Mexico and Golden Channel in Latin America, including four live events broadcast on Televisa Free-to-Air Channel 5 in Mexico and other Free-to-Air networks in Latin America, annually.
According to the press release, UFC television programming is currently available in over 800 million homes in more than 145 countries, in 28 different languages. As of today, in Mexico alone, the UFC fan base exceeds 33.4 million people.
The UFC has long dreamed of invading Mexico. Reigning heavyweight champ and Mexican-American Cain Velasquez (pictured) would surely headline the organization’s first south of the boarder show.