Oh, the humanity of being a UFC UK fan. The UFC started out its relationship with England all hot and slutty but now the isles have suffered from serious live event blue balls in 2011. Now they won’t even be able to see their boy Dan Hardy headline this weekend’s UFC event on the telly! From ESPN UK:
Over the past two years, ESPN has shown UFC main events & preliminary bouts for our viewers & fans of the sport. We have recently been informed that we are not able to continue to show some live UFC content on our channel. We & the UFC are working to find a solution to this as we understand your concerns. ESPN continues to televise UFC main events and provides coverage of UFC and mixed martial arts online at ESPN.co.uk & ESPN.com, & on TV via MMA Live.
Thanks for your patience.
Fortunately, the UFC has fans covered:
We regret ESPN has declined to license fight, which falls outside their current agreement, so Hardy fight will be free and live on UFC.tv
So it’s really not that bad. When you factor in the fact that UK fans typically get all the PPVs on ESPN UK and not on a 40+ dollar per event basis on PPV, I’d say they’re still winning out here.