MENU
#Conor McGregor #UFC 211 #Cris Cyborg #Bellator 179 #Rory MacDonald #Nate Diaz #Angela Magana #Paul Daley #Diaz vs. McGregor 2 #Hayder Hassan #Dhiego Lima #Joanna Jedrzejczyk


cain-velasquez-28.jpg(This story appeared in today’s edition of USA TODAY.)

Canada, Brazil, Britain and Australia have all been recent targets of the UFC’s ambitious expansion plans. However, after years of the world’s most prominent MMA promotion teasing the possibility, Mexico could finally be next.

To date the UFC has never ventured south of the border despite Mexico’s quickly growing circuit of regional fight promotions. But the pieces are falling into place, including a new TV deal and a planned Spanish-language version of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik, who serves as a managing director of international development, had hoped an event could take place in Mexico this year, but said that’s probably a bit too ambitious.

“I think it’ll probably slide to next year, in Mexico City,” he told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “If we can get ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America’ and get the live event in Mexico City, that will really token charge our business there.”

In addition to 17 American seasons of its competition/reality series, the UFC has hosted three international installments of “TUF.” The second wrapped Saturday in Brazil, and an Australia vs. Britain version took place in 2012. Zelaznik said “TUF: Latin America” could feature fighters from a host of Spanish-speaking countries.

“It’s all one language, so it’s very workable,” he said.

The UFC also would have a suitable TV presence. This past month the organization announced a joint-venture deal with Televisa Networks. As in Brazil, where the organization has a partnership with media company Globo, the Televisa deal will include free UFC programming on existing channels, including the popular Canal 5 in Mexico, and the launch of a new pay-TV channel. It could launch as soon as September.

“It’s significant because Televisa is as big in Mexico and Latin America as Globo is in Brazil,” Zelaznik said. “To have the complete ownership and management of Televisa behind it, I think is going to speak well for how quickly this channel can grow.”

Of course, as with other markets, the UFC’s success in Mexico could hinge on its ability to build and promote local talent. Mexican-American Cain Velasquez, the UFC’s reigning heavyweight champion, is already a star in the country, and bantamweight Erik Perez is a rising bantamweight contender.

In January UFC officials went to Mexico for a scouting trip. More than a hundred UFC hopefuls attended, and UFC President Dana White said it could lead the UFC to adopt its ninth weight class, a 115-pound strawweight division, built primarily around Mexican fighters.

“The culture in Mexico, they’re fighters,” White said at the time. “The greatest fighters in history come from Mexico, and there’s that whole famous Mexican style of fighting.”

If the UFC’s expansion into Mexico proves successful, it could set the blueprint for the rest of the world. That’s especially true of the pay-TV channel.

“For us internationally, there’s a lot of opportunity,” Zelaznik said. “Pay TV is growing, and our ability to launch a channel like this becomes very scalable very quickly.”

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

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten, Stevie Ray

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Bas Rutten and Stevie Ray.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

The Art of Fighting in the UFC Has Changed. Here's How.

  • 25 days ago
  • 30 views

Since July 2014, I've written 110 previews of UFC events. In that time, I've seen every single fight the promotion has put on and thousands more besides in order to do the necessary film study to wri read news >>

UFC® debuts in Edmonton in September

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC® announced today that it will stage its first-ever event in Edmonton at Rogers Place on Saturday, September 9. Edmonton now becomes the 10th Canadian city to host a UFC card. UFC® 216 marks the U read news >>

Dana White Says Zuffa Turned Down $5 Billion for the UFC | FIGHTLAND

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

Photo by ?Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports? Last year when Zuffa, LLC sold the UFC to Hollywood mega-talent agency WME|IMG for $4 billion—$3,998,000,000 more than Zuffa had paid for it just 15 years earli read news >>

UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2 Extended Preview | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 30 views

In 2014, Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos engaged in an epic five-round battle that saw "Cigano" emerge with a razor-close victory. They rematch on May 13. read news >>

Longtime UFC veteran Nik Lentz announces departure from American Top Team, figuring out future plans

  • 19 days ago
  • 5 views

Nik Lentz today announced he’s no longer a part of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., ending a five-year relationship with the famed MMA training center.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Reminder: 'Countdown to UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2' debuts today on FS1

  • 15 days ago
  • 61 views

As a reminder, the UFC’s traditional pre-event show returns today with the debut of “Countdown to UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2” on FS1.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Jake Ellenberger.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 211: Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 Fantasy Cheat Sheet

  • 15 days ago
  • 3 views

In today's fantasy preview, we'll break down all the big fights in Saturday night's UFC 211: Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 and tell you who has the edge. read news >>

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC 211's Junior Dos Santos, Zach Makovsky

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Junior Dos Santos and Zach Makovsky.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>