The UFC’s new internet subscription service will be known as ‘UFC Fight Pass’ and is set to cost $9.99 a month when it launches in January.
There’s been no official announcement on the matter yet, but the information was gleamed after some fans noticed a new website page in-development on the UFC.tv website (which has since been taken back down).
The slogan for the new service is, “Anytime, Anywhere, Your Pass To The UFC”, and as had previously been revealed by the promotion it’s set to give fans the chance to watch live overseas events that won’t be broadcast on TV in addition to being able to replay past events and have access to the UFC’s full fight library (including old promotions like PRIDE, Strikeforce and WEC) and shows like ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and ‘UFC Insider’.
Preliminary fights for events that used to appear for free on Facebook will now move to the ‘UFC Fight Pass’ service, and it’ll also feature exclusive programming such as special features and in-depth interviews.
The first live event to air on the new service is ‘UFC Fight Night 34’ on January 4th from Singapore starring Tarec Saffiedine Vs Hyun Gyu Lin.
An as yet not officially announced event in Macau on March 1st is also earmarked for the ‘Fight Pass’ treatment, while it’s most meaningful event so far will come on March 15th in the shape of another ‘UFC Fight Night’ show from London, England.
That will feature a light-heavyweight clash between Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa, while other fights like Ross Pearson Vs Melvin Guillard and Brad Pickett Vs Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall’ could mark this out as the event that draws fans to the service.
Other international shows likely the feature under the ‘UFC Fight Pass’ banner in 2014 include intended, but not officially announced vists to Ireland, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Sweden and Scotland.
It’s believed that overseas events like these will air on TV in their local markets, but everyone else will require the subscription if they want to watch them.
However, to begin with ‘UFC Fight Pass’ will only be available in the U.S, Canada, Australia and New Zealand with Europe expected to get on-board within 2-3 months of it’s launch.