Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held a special press conference (watch video here) to officially announce its upcoming digital network, "Fight Pass." The announcement was made by UFC President Dana White, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and international executive Marshall Zelaznik.
Fertitta and Zelaznik provided details for what fans can expect to get out of what Fertitta called the "Netflix for the fight fan:"
- Live UFC events from Europe and Asia. It was announced that there would be six events held in each market. This includes UFC Singapore in January and UFC London in March.
- International versions of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). TUF: "Brazil 3" will air exclusively on Fight Pass, with coaches Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen continuing their heated rivalry.
- Video on-demand (VOD) archives of past UFC, Strikeforce, Pride FC, Affliction, Elite XC, WFA and WEC fights. IFL will not be included as the UFC does not own the library.
- Live preliminary card fights for Fox, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and PPV events. These fights, which are currently streamed on Facebook and Youtube, will now be known as UFC Fight Pass Prelims.
- New and original UFC programming and exclusive behind-the-scenes reports.
The service is available for $9.99 a month and is currently only available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Subscribers will receive a two month free trial until the end of February. Once March 1, 2014, hits, the paywall goes up and credit cards will be charged.
The first event that will air on "Fight Pass" is UFC Singapore, which is headlined by Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim on Jan. 4, 2014.
You can sign up and access "Fight Pass" here.