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Report: UFC will continue to torture us with long-ass shows, late start times on ESPN

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I’ve got some bad news for those mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who were hoping the switch from FOX to ESPN would spell the end of six-fight main cards that start at 10 p.m. ET and end the following Tuesday, thanks to 18,642 commercial breaks.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is expected to keep everything intact — including the pacing — when it debuts on “the worldwide leader in sports” in 2019, thanks to a blockbuster deal (see it) that may have inadvertently retired a handful of MMA reporters.

See for yourself:


The UFC on FOX main cards are confined to a two-hour slot (8 p.m. ET - 10 p.m. ET) and feature just four bouts; however, the six-fight FOX Sports 1 main cards (like this one) start at 10 p.m. ET and typically run until well after midnight, depending on how many contests go to a decision.

Sounds like we’re in for more of the same on ESPN, for better or for worse.

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