UFC to stay on BT Sport as Eleven Sports in danger of shutting down

The UFC may be heading to ESPN in the new year but it appears that they may still be housed on BT Sport according to reports today.

Eleven Sports were due to show UFC events from 2019 but a report from the Daily Telegraph says that after only four months, Eleven Sports is at risk of ceasing operations having failed to secure a TV operator.

The stipulation had a deadline of December to find a major provider but with various platforms like Virgin Media and Sky unwilling to pay out the money Eleven Sports had been asking, the UFC today triggered an exit clause on their deal.

It now means that the UFC is likely to stay on BT Sport for the forseeable future.

BT Sport have been showing UFC events since 2013 and have received positive feedback from fans and media members alike for their efforts in how they promote events and fighters.

Interestingly, Bellator were rumoured to have been in discussion with BT over showing live events in the UK and Ireland from 2019 and it seems unlikely that the two will co-exist on the same platform.

When the Eleven Sports deal was announced, it was confirmed that the UFC’s digital streaming service, Fight Pass would have no blackouts or restrictions for Fight Night events. Currently, the BT Sport deal restricts access to live Fight Night main cards and replays.

At the time of writing The Writing Irish has reached out to UFC Fight Pass to clear up what the restrictions may or may not be. When an answer is forthcoming, this article will be updated.

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