Good news for Irish fans as the UFC and national broadcaster TV 3 have agreed a deal to air various UFC events via their 3e channel this Autumn. The two first struck a deal to air the largely successful UFC Dublin which saw the event become the most viewed sporting event ever on the channel.
Below is the press release regarding the event from the 3e website:
3e have announced an exciting new broadcast deal with The Ultimate Fighting Championship as part of its 2014 Autumn Schedule.
It means that various UFC fights will be broadcast to a terrestrial audience in Ireland as the popularity of the sport continues to grow.
The announcement comes after the UFC Fight Night Dublin event in July became the highest-rated sporting event in 3e’s history, reaching 600,000 viewers.
That marked the first time a UFC event was broadcast to a terrestrial audience in Ireland, and featured Dubliner Conor McGreger wowing his hometown audience with a first round win against Brazil’s Diego Brandao.
McGregor’s next fight is set to take place at the UFC 178 event in Las Vegas on September 27th against American Dustin Poirier.
In the build-up to July’s UFC Fight Night Dublin event Garry Cook, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of UFC Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “The popularity of the UFC in Ireland continues to grow at an enormous rate. We are confident that this is only the beginning of things to come for our sport in Ireland.”
We’re looking forward to seeing more of McGregor and other UFC stars grace the 3e screens in the future, when more details are announced shortly.