UK fans who are used to watching live UFC events on ESPN UK should be aware that next Saturday’s TUF season 12 finale will instead be airing on Sky Sports 3.
Sky Sports online schedule features the event airing live starting at 2am. Meanwhile ESPN UK’s schedule reveals it’ll be airing college football live at the same time.
The show features the final of this season’s show to establish the next Ultimate Fighter, plus supporting bouts featuring established stars such as Stephan Bonnar Vs Igor Pokrajac and Demian Maia Vs Kendall Grove.
Sky Sports bought the rights to air The Ultimate Fighter starting with season 12, a move which Zuffa celebrated as an opportunity to broaden the promotion’s reach in the UK. The catch however was that most UFC fans were already on-board with Sky Sports biggest rival ESPN UK who air all the UFC’s major events live.
The fact that those fans would now have to subscribe to another premium channel to watch the latest season infuriated many, and the latest news that even the live finale will be off-limits to those without Sky Sports is likely to do the same.