As expected, UFC President Dana White, along with UFC executive and part owner Lorenzo Fertitta, FOX Sports Media Group Chairman and CEO David Hill, Co-President and COO Eric Shanks, and FX President John Landgraf all made the announcement offical that the UFC and Fox have agreed to a partnership. The deal includes 4 major event broadcasts on FOX, 32 events on FX, as well as 2 LIVE runs of The Ultimate Fighter that will feature audience participation, allowing viewers to select the fights each week. "This is revolutionary television right here," remarked Dana White.
Needless to say, this is a major move for the UFC, as well as the sport of mixed martial arts. The first major event to be broadcast on FOX will take place later this year on November 12. The UFC will continue to handle the production of the actual events, while FOX will handle the production of all pre and post-fight shows. It should be noted that of the 32 events to be broadcast on FX, 6 of them will be UFC Fight Night cards, so we assume the other 26 will be a part of the The Ultimate Fighter series, including 24 nights of fights during the series along with the 2 finales.