Sony Pictures Networks India retains UFC media rights until 2023
MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has retained the exclusive media rights for the premier mixed martial arts promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) till 2023.
The extended partnership with UFC will help SPNI to build on the enduring popularity of combat sports in the Indian subcontinent. Fans can watch the live telecast of all the UFC Fight Nights and PPVs, featuring the best MMA talent battle it out inside the world-famous OctagonÒ, live and exclusive on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD channels. UFC content will also be available on SPN’s premium video on demand (VOD) service, SonyLIV.
In order to meet the growing demand for UFC, owing to the rise in its popularity, SPN is telecasting thematic content ranging from highlights of recent UFC events as well as iconic bouts, fighter stories, countdown shows, and previews of upcoming UFC events. Viewers can tune in at 7:00 PM every Monday to Friday to watch this engaging content on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD channels.
In addition to this, there will also be a repeat telecast at 11:00 PM for viewers who missed the original airing. Top MMA fighters like UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo, UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm, and UFC heavyweight Derrick Lews, along with past fighters such as former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will be prominently featured.
SPNI Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business Rajesh Kaul said, “UFC is the gold standard for the sport of MMA across the globe and features the highest level of talent in their roster. Over the past few years, we have seen a steady growth in consumption of the sport and around 100 million viewers watched UFC on Indian television in 2018. UFC has garnered a dedicated fan base over the past few years and is one of the most-watched fight sports properties in India. To meet the growing demand for UFC content, we will telecast both live events and non-live content on the Sony Ten 2 channels.”
Fans can also catch the exciting content on Sony Ten 2 channels at 7 pm and the repeat telecast at 11 pm.
· Monday – Countdown shows on the most iconic moments and fighters in the history of UFC
· Tuesday – Highlights of the most recent UFC event
· Wednesday – Throwback stories behind individual classic and iconic bouts in UFC history
· Thursday –A ‘best of’ compilations of popular fighters or classic bouts
· Friday – Contemporary UFC news and preview stories ahead of the upcoming UFC event on the weekend