The UFC’s Marshall Zelaznik appeared on the latest edition of Ariel Helwani’s ‘MMA Hour’ radio show this week to give more insight into the recently announced subscription based, ‘UFC Network’ which will host a number of live events in the coming year.
Check out our keynotes from what he had to say below.
– The service will initially be available only in the U.S, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Europe could also have access to it within 2-3 months of launch.
– The end of December is being targeted for the launch of the service.
– At this stage there’s not an official name for it, but it seems like it may well end up over at UFC.TV.
– A price hasn’t been set yet, but Zelaznik seems to be implying it’ll be less than $14.99.
– Between 11-13 live events will air on the network in 2014. These are expected to be smaller, international events like the upcoming ones in Singapore and London.
– These shows may feature a new commentary team since there’s probably going to be too many for the existing combinations of Goldberg-Rogan and Anik-Florian to handle.
– There’s no plans to air live PPV events on the service.
– The plan is to have all the UFC’s extensive back catalogue of events on the site eventually, though it won’t all be their right away. In addition to the UFC it’ll also include other promotions from the past like PRIDE, Strikeforce, WEC and Elite XC.
Expect a full announcement filling in all the blanks at some stage prior to the final event of the year, UFC 168 on December 28th.