The Ultimate Fighting Championship owns the most extensive mixed martial arts library, and now they’re set to monetize it. On Saturday, the planet’s premier MMA promotion announced the launch of “UFC Fight Pass,” a subscription-based digital network that will offer exclusive content and live fights.
The site is currently up and running in US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on UFC.tv, with fans gifted a free two-month trial until March 1. After that, UFC Fight Pass will cost $9.99 per month. That will be on top of the $54.95 price tag for each their pay-per-view broadcasts.
UFC Fight Pass will feature 10 exclusive live events per year, which will showcase over 150 scraps, exclusive live prelims, shows and on-demand access to Zuffa’s vast library that includes over 600 Pride FC fights, more than 500 WEC bouts and over 600 Strikeforce, WFA, Affliction and Elite XC will eventually be added.
“We’re very excited to announce this unique subscription service for our great fans. As the demand for live UFC events around the world continues to increase, we’ve responded by planning more big shows in international markets in local primetime,” said UFC president Dana White. “In 2014, there are going to be more international events than ever before – but we wanted to make sure that fans around the world could see these fights too.
“The UFC has always been ahead of the game when it comes to new media and new technology. We are putting together some sick cards in international markets and with UFC Fight Pass fans never have to miss a single UFC event, no matter where in the world the fights are taking place.”
Three international UFC Fight Night events have already been confirmed for UFC Fight Pass, next Saturday’s “UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim” in Singapore, “UFC London: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa” on March 8 and a third international fight card in March.
In addition, the online network will host newly-created shows and all international editions of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Therefore, the only way you can watch Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva is via UFC Fight Pass.
So, it now costs you $9.99 more per month to be a hardcore UFC fan. Great…