Ahead of a massive combat sports weekend on ESPN+, the all-new UFC Live debuts Friday, September 13, at 5:30 pm ET on ESPN2. The weekly 30-minute show will present fans with exclusive takes on the biggest news, stars and stories tailored to each and every UFC Fight Night and UFC PPV throughout the UFC season. It will cap a “combat sports hour” following Max on Boxing which airs Fridays at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Produced live on location of each UFC event, UFC Live will be hosted by the best in the sport, a rotating team of the UFC announce team assigned to UFC Fight Night and UFC PPV, including Jon Anik, Karen Bryant, John Gooden and Megan Olivi.
UFC Live debuts ahead of two mega combat sports events exclusively on ESPN+ on Saturday, September 14. The MMA action starts at 5 p.m. ET, with the main card at 8 p.m. ET, as two of the most exciting fighters of this era square off in UFC Fight Night in Vancouver. In a five-round lightweight bout, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone looks to add to his record of most wins in UFC history as he takes on Justin Gaethje. ESPN+ is available via the ESPN App on mobile and connected devices, on ESPN.com and ESPNplus.com.
UFC Live will lead in to other highly anticipated UFC events set during the remainder of 2019, including UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya in Melbourne October 5, UFC 244 in New York City November 2 and UFC 245 December 14 in Las Vegas featuring co-main event Amanda Nunes vs Germaine de Randamie in a battle for the Women’s Bantamweight Championship
ESPN and ESPN+ present more than 3500 hours per year of live and original combat sports programming, across linear and digital platforms, in English and Spanish. This includes live transmission of 30 UFC Fight Night events and 12 UFC PPV on ESPN+, along with a broad mix of original and studio shows, including:
Original series and studio shows: Ariel & The Bad Guy, Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Unlocking Victory, UFC: Destined, UFC Live and Detail: From the Mind of Daniel Cormier
Additional UFC-branded content, including “UFC Countdown” and “UFC Embedded” shows, press conferences, weigh-ins, and pre-and post-shows
Access to UFC’s full archive of programming, including historic events, classic bouts, and original programming (appx 600 hours currently available)
Re-airs of current UFC Fight Nights and UFC PPV events
ESPN.com, the ESPN App and ESPN social media channels also include in-depth coverage, news, FightCenter, and original content like Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show and ESPN MMA Show on Snapchat.
The @ESPNMMA social handles offer 24/7 industry-leading content/coverage, with 370K+ followers on InstaGram and approximately 100K followers on Twitter in its first year.