Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) CEO Lorenzo Fertitta has a little message for all you stateside mixed martial arts (MMA) fans saddened by the news that International events would be untelevised.
Turn that frown upside down.
The world's leading combat sports promotion will pursue an aggressive global expansion, highlighted by stops in England, Sweden, Poland, Ireland, Turkey, Scotland and Germany (see the full schedule here) -- as well as a Chinese version of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
And, according to Fertitta (via USA Today), you can watch it all transpire on the UFC's new online subscription-based digital network.
"The UFC's expansion into international markets, and the extended calendar of events, is certainly part of the reason it makes sense to launch the digital network in 2014. UFC fans are the most passionate fans in the world, and we want to ensure they can see every fight and every event no matter where in the world the Octagon may be."
Might be time to upgrade that cable modem.
The network is expected to roll out in 2014 in time for the UFC Fight Night 34: "Saffiedine vs. Lim" event, which takes place on January 4, 2014 from Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. The event will also air live via FOX Sports 1.
UFC is planning to hold upward of 50 fights in 2014 and already has a busy schedule set for pay-per-view (PPV), FOX and FOX Sports 1. Now it's asking you, as a fan, to pay for more fights so that you can keep up with what's happening around the globe.