Latest update: The ufc have confirmed that ESPN UK will step in to ensure that UK fans gets to see the final live. Read the full story here.
In news that’s sure to come as a major disappointment for UK mixed martial arts fans, it has been confirmed that the finale of The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 series will not be shown live in the United Kingdom.
In the UK the current season has been airing on Five USA on Saturday evenings. The culmination of the current season occurs in the early hours of Sunday morning (UK time) on the 6th December. The event will feature the final of the heavyweights featured on the show, as well as a main event showdown between current UFC fighters Jon ‘Bones’ Jones and Matt Hamill.
UK fans had been expecting to watch the fight live, but it appears that Five USA have other ideas and will delay airing the event until Thursday evening.
No reason for this has been given, but it may stem from the fact that the station only airs until 1am each night, whereas UFC events usually go live at 3am. It’s not clear at this stage whether it would have been possible for the event to be transferred over to the main ‘Five’ station which is scheduled to air highlights of football action from The Europa League at that time.
If you would like to send your thoughts to Five USA regarding this matter, feel free to write to them at the following address: [email protected]
UPDATE (2nd December): Marshall Zelaznik, the UFC’s UK President stated the following on his twitter about the situation.
“TUF Finale I know is an issue in UK re live. Our TV deals are being double checked to see what we might be able to do. hang in there.”
With the Penultimate episode of The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 not airing until Saturday night in the UK – when the finalists will be revealed – the full card for the event is not yet known. The following fights have however been confirmed, and Kimbo Slice will fight on the card.
Matt Hamill Vs Jon Jones
Frankie Edgar Vs Matt Veach
Undercard (not expected to be televised)
Brian Stann Vs Rodney Wallace
John Howard Vs Dennis Hallman
Mark Bocek Vs Joe Brammer