You knew it was coming, now you know when.
UFC President Dana White crashed the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) earlier this year to bring news that ZUFFA had entered into a new deal with mega-brand Microsoft to broadcast UFC pay-per-views through Xbox Live, a subscription based service operated by Microsoft Corporation to offer multiplayer gaming and digital media services to more than 35 million users worldwide.
That service will debut with UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" on Dec. 10, 2011, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Of course in order to "Kinect" with the UFC pay-per-views outside of your cable and satellite provider, you first need to have in your possession an Xbox 360.
If you do, or plan to, here's what you can expect:
Live and On-Demand Video: Event previews, UFC Countdown, press conferences, weigh-ins, interviews, workouts, highlights, and more, together for the first time on your big screen.
Streaming HD Quality in 720p: UFC fans demand stunning HD viewing, and Xbox LIVE brings the most premium streaming HD to the big screen.
Pay-Per-View with Ease: The biggest pay-per-view fights available to all Xbox LIVE members in HD and SD pricing options. Purchase directly with your credit card, Microsoft Points not required.
Interactive Fight Card with Predictions: Size up the fighters with the tale of the tape and view their past fight results. Predict upcoming fights, compare results with friends for points and bragging rights, and see where you stand against them on the leaderboard, all accessible while watching the fight so you'll never have to leave the excitement of the Octagon.
Control the action with Kinect: Focus on the fight instead of looking for the remote. Navigate through the video content, bring up the Interactive Fight Card, or play, pause, and rewind that big punch, kick or submission...all with the magic of Kinect.
Here's a closer look at the on-screen controls:
You gamers out there excited for this release? Or do we have more Sony Playstation Maniacs in the house?