Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is inching ever so closer to a live event in Mexico, recently announcing a new UFC channel on Televisa and TDN in Mexico, and Golden Channel in Latin America, airing a variety of mixed martial arts (MMA) programming.
The channel, expected to debut later this year, will reach 20 Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America (with the exception of Brazil) and have round-the-clock programming from UFC, PRIDE, WEC and Strikeforce as well as original UFC content, all broadcast in Spanish.
From UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta:
"The launch of the UFC Channel is a game changer for our sport and its fans throughout Latin America. We are giving millions of fans across the region complete access to all our live events and programming for the first time. UFC is the fastest growing sports organization in history and with the strength of Latin America's premier media group Televisa, the UFC Channel will become the fastest growing sports network in television history."
Latin fans can expect upward of 35 live events each year.
UFC programming is already available in over 800 million homes in more than 145 countries, in 28 different languages and is expected to reach a fan base of 33.4 million in Mexico alone. That might be one of the reasons UFC President Dana White is already working on a special season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), exclusive to that country.
Something this ZUFFA executive believes will be a "huge success."