UFC® and FOX Networks Group Asia sign a multi-year deal to showcase live events and original UFC programming to fans in the Philippines.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – UFC® and FOX Networks Group Asia today announced a multi-year mediarights deal in the Philippines that will see the streaming of UFC’s 42 live events in 2019, including its prestigious Pay-Per-View (PPV) events and original programming, on video-streaming service FOX+.
The first event is the highly anticipated flyweight championship superfight between UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw.
It will be streamed live on Sunday, January 20, starting at 11am on FOX+ with a catch up option post the live event. FOX+ is FOX Networks Group Asia’s video-streaming service available on Android and iOS devices as well as on Apple TV and select Android TVs. A free 30-day trial is available for new subscribers.
“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with our long-standing partner, FOX Networks Group Asia,” said UFC Vice President APAC, Kevin Chang. “This agreement alllows us to continue serving our passionate fans in the Philippines with the premier MMA programming in the world.
The popularity of MMA continues to grow across Asia with UFC’s fan base in the Philippines increasing at an exponential rate. UFC social media accounts have also experienced tremendous growth over the past five years. With Facebook fans growing +107% and YouTube subscribers increasing by +1200%, these massive surges in consumer engagement illustrate the strength in UFC’s brand and the opportunity for further growth in the market.”
“We are very pleased to announce this long-term rights agreement with UFC. Customer Feedback has shown that there is an increasing demand for UFC in the Philippines. We are excited to give the Philippine audience another strong reason to download FOX+, now the home of all UFC events,” said Jude Turcuato, Senior Vice President & General Manager of FOX Networks Group Philippines.
UFC’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region has driven exponential brand growth with increases in fandom, live events and local MMA talent. Last month, UFC announced it will open the world’s largest MMA training facility in Asia, offering professional athletes of all disciplines in the region the opportunity to hone their skills and push the boundaries of athletic performance at the UFC Performance Institute Shanghai®.
UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. UFC boasts more than 284 million fans worldwide and has produced over 460 events in 24 countries since its inception in 1993. Acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment and fashion leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG), together with strategic partners Silver Lake Partners and KKR, UFC is
headquartered in Las Vegas with a network of employees around the world.
UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe,
while programming is broadcast in over 165 countries and territories to 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 40 different languages.
UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.
About FOX Networks Group Asia
FOX Networks Group Asia is 21st Century Fox’s multi-media business in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. FOX Networks Group Asia develops, produces and distributes entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 14 languages.
The FOX Networks Group Asia portfolio includes over 30 channel brands, on both linear and non-linear platforms, including FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX Movies, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo People, SCM (formerly STAR Chinese Movies) and SCC (formerly STAR Chinese Channel) and its ondemand video-streaming service FOX+.
As the region’s leading broadcaster, FOX Networks Group Asia reaches more than 580 million cumulative homes with offices in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea,Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Australia and the UAE.
FOX Networks Group Asia is a fully owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.
FOX+ is a video-streaming service in Asia that combines TV series, movies and live sports, in one place, accessible from any device, at any time and in HD. With a combination of first-run Hollywood blockbusters and hit Chinese series and movies, FOX+ is the ultimate destination for entertainment.
More than 11,000 hours of programming across multiple genres are available, comprising of the most popular content from global movie
studios and television channels, as well as original FOX programming and FOX+ exclusive content.