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Dana White Says New ESPN Deal Is Going to be ‘Amazing’ For UFC Fans

March 21, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Dana White discussed the UFC’s new exclusive deal with ESPN for PPVs in a video posted by the company. You can see the video below, as well with some highlights of White discussing why they made the deal and how it will impact the fans.

The deal makes ESPN+ the exclusive provider for UFC PPVs. New ESPN+ subscribers will get one-year of ESPN+ and a UFC PPV event for $79.99. Existing ESPN+ subscribers will be able to purchase UFC PPV events for $59.99 per event.

On the new ESPN deal: “Right out the gate, day one, these guys were incredible partners. And I’m very aligned with them in that I believe in everything they’re doing, and the direction they’re going with the network. It’s the same direction we’re going in. So I say it all the time, everything in life is about timing, and the timing couldn’t be better for us to be with ESPN. So these guys came in, they kicked the tires, looked under the hood and liked what they saw. And now we’re going to go with them with everything. PPV is going to be with them, the fights we’re doing on ESPN+ and ESPN linear.”

How it impacts the fans: “Oh, it’s incredible for the fans. When you think about it, this is an exclusive deal. We are exclusively with ESPN. When we were with everybody, we couldn’t even offer discounts on PPV and things like that. You’d have to get the approval of all these different groups. Now, it’s a one-stop shop. ESPN is going to be able to bundle ESPN+ plus the PPVs. And it’s not all worked out exactly how it’s going to go down, but this is going to be amazing for UFC fans. They’re going to be able to get so much value out of the fights, whether it’s ESPN+ or PPV. Now with everything being with ESPN. We did this because it’s good for everybody.”

On the streaming aspect: “And people will get nervous about this streaming thing. I hate to break it to you guys, but streaming is where everything is going. If you have Netflix, you have Hulu, you have any of this at home? That’s basically what ESPN+ is. You get it the same exact way as Netflix and these other streaming services. It’s the exact same thing…and like I said, the value is going to be better than everyting you’ve been playing for for the last twenty-plus years. And now, what we’re doing with UFC Fight Pass, I’m going to be doing so much incredible content that has to do with all different types of fighting and unbelievable stuff in MMA. So between us and ESPN, there’s never been a better time to be a fan.”

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