SportsBusinessDaily.com reports that the Ultimate Fighting Championship has signed a multi-year television deal with FOX Broadcasting. The deal will place UFC programming on FOX networks (Fox, FX and/or Fuse) for the next 7 to 8 years. The news comes after UFC’s talks with NBC/Comcast broke down.
The deal is worth around $90 million per year, and as many as four UFC events will air live on Fox annually. The first event to air on Fox will be history, in that it will be the first UFC event to ever air on network television.
UFC’s weekly programming on Spike and Versus — The Ultimate Fighter and live Fight Night cards — will move over to FX in January.
This isn’t good news for Spike TV, whose overall ratings have been on a downward trend for quite some time. With UFC gone, TNA’s Impact Wrestling is now the most valuable brand on Spike.