According to a report in the Sports Business Journal, the UFC has agreed to a multi-year deal that would put as many as four events a year on the Fox network, plus Fight Night shows and The Ultimate Fighter on Fox’s sister cable channel, FX.
The deal is reportedly worth $90 million a year to the UFC and will last seven or eight years.
Currently, contracts with both Spike TV and Versus, which host non-pay-per-view events, are slated to expire at the end of 2011.
Fox executives refused to comment on the deal. It is being reported that Fuel TV will also show UFC content, but will not become just a UFC channel.
Sources said that the UFC had been working with Comcast/NBC for several months to use NBC and Versus, along with making G4 a UFC channel, to showcase its content. Those talks broke down, though.