After a brief blackout, it appears that the UFC has found another home in the UK. According to the Telegraph, ESPN will be airing UFC 101, UFC 102, as well as the next UFC Fight Night.
‘ESPN’s exclusive rights will see the channel air all the UFC action from around the world, beginning with UFC 101: Declaration on 8th August, which features the UFC Lightweight Title bout between BJ Penn and number one contender Kenny Florian as well as pound-for-pounder Anderson Silva stepping up to face light heavyweight Forrest Griffin. Then, on August 29, legendary heavyweights Randy “The Natural” Couture and Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira collide in the main event of UFC 102; and that event is followed by UFC Fight Night on 16 September, headlined by Nate Diaz’s lightweight clash with Melvin Guillard.’
While this news is mostly important for MMA fans in the UK, ESPN’s increasing involvement with the UFC can only mean good things for MMA worldwide, as it signals a further push into the mainstream. It’s important to note that the Telegraph article implies that there are bigger announcements coming soon concerning the deal.