Are you tired of watching pixelated and glitchy preliminary bouts on the UFC’s Facebook page? Well, on Wednesday UFC president Dana White announced FOX’s family of networks will be taking over those responsibilities shortly.
Starting in 2012, all preliminary fights will air live on FUEL TV and FX. The scraps that would normally stream on Facebook will go to FUEL, while the prelims that were broadcasted on Spike TV will now air on FX.
Today’s report means every UFC fight will be available in high-definition, with at least half of the bouts on each card airing for free.
Furthermore, an astronomical 25 percent of FUEL’s programming will be dedicated to Octagon action. This includes more than 100 hours of live UFC programming, non-pay-per-view overseas cards, Primetime and Countdown preview shows, Ultimate Insider, etc.
FUEL will hold more UFC content than any other channel.
As previously announced, FX will start hosting “The Ultimate Fighter” in the Spring of 2012. For the first time in the reality show’s history, each elimination bout will air on live TV.
FX will broadcast those tussles on Friday nights.
FUEL events will run approximately three hours, live cards on FX will span two hours and the four annual shows on FOX are expected to go 90 minutes (not including Saturday’s hour-long debut).