The UFC has had a big year.
MMA’s preeminent promotion absorbed the WEC, thereby adding the bantamweight and featherweight classes to their roster, they bought their biggest competitor in Strikeforce, put on a show with unprecedented success in Brazil and inked a seven-year broadcasting deal with network TV station FOX. And it’s only September.
Despite their success, some fans (namely those in the UK) feel that the UFC has dropped the ball in regards to keeping its presence in the UK market. When initially expanding internationally, the promotion made frequent stops in England and Ireland, but they haven’t returned to that area since UFC 120, which went down in October of last year. Responding to fan outcry, the UFC has announced that they’ll be returning to England with UFC 138 this fall and on today’s media conference call, UFC president Dana White discussed the impact that their recent deal with FOX could have in the UK.
“We’re still negotiating where the fight will be shown in the UK,” White said of the Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos heavyweight tilt which will be featured on the UFC’s FOX debut. “We’ll find a find a way for all fans in UK and Ireland to see this event. Stick with us, we’ll make it happen. It’s always down to the wire over there. Once all these deals are at the end of the term, we would love to be with FOX over there. Once our deals expire, we will figure it out and we will get the whole UK/Ireland thing fixed. Rest assured, our relationship with FOX is for seven years and we’ll figure out that piece of the puzzle.”