cain-velasquez-18.jpgWhile the country has long been on the organization’s radar, the UFC today announced a significant step toward a presence in Mexico, as well as other Latin American countries.

The deal with Televisa Networks includes an exclusive distribution agreement to air UFC programming in 20 Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America (excluding Brazil, which has a separate deal). Additionally, a new subscription channel that will exclusively feature UFC content will launch later this year.

Before the UFC-centric channel launches, Televisa has the rights to air UFC content. Fans can watch UFC programming on TDN in Mexico and Golden Channel in Latin America. It includes four live events annually on Televisa’s free-to-air Channel 5 in Mexico and other free-to-air networks in Latin America.

“The launch of the UFC Channel will be a game changer for our sport and its fans throughout Latin America,” UFC co-owner and co-founder Lorenzo Fertitta stated. “We are giving millions of fans across the region complete access to all our live events and programming for the first time.”

The new UFC Channel will include live fights, highlights shows (with UFC, PRIDE, Strikeforce and WEC fights) and specialty programming, including reality shows, all broadcast in Spanish.

According to the UFC, its programming is now available in 800 million homes in more than 145 countries and in 28 different languages.

To date the UFC has never hosted an event in Mexico, though company president Dana White has long mentioned it as a target for expansion. In fact, he’s suggested the organization could add a 115-pound strawweight division largely to attract Mexican fighters, many of whom showed up for a scouting session earlier this year.

White, who’s also expressed interest in having Mexican-American heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez headline an event in the country, hopes it can soon become a hotbed like Brazil.

“The way that Brazil caught on fire and took off – Mexico’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would, but it’s coming,” he said. “The culture in Mexico, they’re fighters. The greatest fighters in history come from Mexico, and there’s that whole famous Mexican style of fighting – and you see it some of the guys we have here now. It’s getting there slower than I thought it was going to, but when it all comes together, it’s going to be amazing.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Cain Velasquez)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Statement on BJ Penn

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC announced today that former UFC champion BJ Penn will return to competition on June 4 at UFC 199 against Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout. read news >>

UFC Emoji keyboard debuts with UFC 197

  • 15 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC today announced the launch of its first-ever emoji keyboard, presented by MetroPCS. This keyboard debuts in conjunction with UFC 197: JONES vs. SAINT PREUX on Saturday, April 23 at the MGM Grand read news >>

Paddy Holohan Announces Retirement Due to Rare Blood Disorder

  • 9 days ago
  • 28 views

UFC flyweight Patrick “Paddy” Holohan announced his retirement on Monday due to a rare blood clotting disorder. read news >>

UFC Renews Partnership with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation

  • 2 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC today announced the renewal of its partnership with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). read news >>

UFC and Wrestling Canada Lutte Announce Partnership

  • 7 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC® today announced a new partnership agreement with Wrestling Canada Lutte to actively promote amateur and Olympic wrestling throughout Canada. read news >>

Ulka Sasaki Replaces Retired Paddy Holohan at UFC Fight Night 87

  • 4 days ago
  • 12 views

Friday evening, the UFC announced that Japan's Ulka Sasaki will step in as Paddy Holohan's replacement against Willie Gates at UFC Fight Night 87. read news >>

UFC to Induct 2016 Hall of Fame Class Following UFC 200

  • a day ago
  • 24 views

UFC on Tuesday announced that it will induct its 2016 Hall of Fame class at the UFC Fan Expo following UFC 200. read news >>

UFC 200: The Best Under-the-Radar Storylines at the UFC's Gala July Event

  • 2 days ago
  • 6 views

It has been hard to get a word in edgewise so far. Granted, UFC 200 is still a bit more than two months away, but to date most of the pre-fight attention has been swallowed up by one or two main stor read news >>

Holly Holm Possible UFC on FOX 20 Headliner; Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza Announced

  • 12 hours ago
  • 18 views

UFC on FOX 20 received a bout pitting Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza, and could also include Holly Holm and Anthony Johnson's next fights. read news >>

No UFC 200? Nate Diaz announces vacation plans (and posts epic street art)

  • 9 days ago
  • 518 views

With Conor McGregor officially ruled out, it appears Nate Diaz won’t get a replacement opponent for UFC 200.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>