The curtain will be drawn on Fox Sports 1 in just five days. More importantly for MMA fans, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will kick off their first show on the new network with one of the deepest freebie fight cards in Octagon history.
Unfortunately, several of America’s top cable providers haven’t come to terms with FOX to carry the channel created to rival ESPN. Currently, only Comcast, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, Verizon, AT&T and Suddenlink have committed to carrying FS1 on its August 17 launch.
While those companies account for roughly 45 million subscribers, another 47 million homes are on the outside looking in between DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
“This is what these guys do, this is what FOX does,” UFC president Dana White (pictured) stated during Monday’s conference call. “They negotiate with these networks and these different systems. A lot of times, these things go right down to the wire.
“I’m not worried about it, I’m not thinking about it. I have no control over this thing. It’s not what I do. So, whatever happens, happens this week, and I really have nothing else to say about it.”
Speed will be re-branded as FOX Sports 1, while FUEL TV will be renamed as Fox Sports 2.
“UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen” takes place Saturday night inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
The clock is ticking, gentlemen…