The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has partnered with Channel 5 to broadcast its inaugural EMEA Fight Night from The O2 Arena in London.
This will mark the first time a UFC even will be broadcast live to a terrestrial audience in the UK. UFC Fight Night London: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa will air on 8th March from 9pm.
Garry Cook, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of UFC EMEA, said: “This gives the entire British public the opportunity to watch UFC programming live on free to air TV and we are very excited to be working with Channel 5 to provide this experience.
“The UFC are incredibly proud of the EMEA Fight Nights that will we will be hosting throughout 2014, showcasing some of our incredible talent at Saturday primetime, across the regions to millions of existing and new fans.”
Channel 5 Commissioning Editor Factual, Simon Raikes said: “UFC is the best of mixed martial arts, ideal to complement our existing fighting stable. We’re genuinely excited to welcome such a riveting sport to Channel 5.”
UFC programming is currently broadcast in over 145 countries to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide.