DISH Network customers who were planning on ordering Saturday’s “UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi” pay-per-view broadcast, you’re out of luck. On Wednesday, the UFC announced they were unable to reach an agreement to renew their contract with the digital cable provider.
“Due to contractual issues, DISH Network will not be offering UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi on Pay-Per-View this Saturday,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “While all other providers in the U.S. have come to an agreement on renewal terms, DISH Network has elected not to renew its distribution agreement with UFC. We have enjoyed a strong and productive relationship with DISH over the years, and while we’re disappointed with their decision, we are confident that our fans will be able to enjoy this weekend’s card through several other viewing options…
“We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached with DISH in the near future, but remain committed to ensuring that all fans have continued access to UFC events through multiple distribution options.”
Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise, because UFC 186 is one of the weakest lineups the octagon has requested payment for in quite some time. Now that it’s not available for DISH customers, it takes the debate off the table.
UFC 186 comes with a $59.95 price tag on DirecTV.
Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (pictured) defends his throne against little known Kyoji Horiguchi in the show’s main attraction. Former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returns to the UFC to battle Fabio Maldonado in the co-featured bout.