Tired of shelling out $55 every Saturday night to watch your favorite UFC fighters? If the FOX deal continues to play out as nicely as it has been the PPV era may be over sooner than you think.
Over the past year the UFC has drastically increased their fight schedule and is currently occupying 3 out of 4 weekends a month (if you don’t include TUF which now airs each and every Friday). Not all of these events are PPV, but many are. This leads us as fans out in the cold for many events, I mean who can afford over $100 a month on fights? It would be nice, but not realistic. Imagine the upcoming Jon Jones Vs. Rashad Evans fight as a free event? Not to imply that the UFC is a greedy company by any means, they did just air the heavyweight title as a free event on FOX (thank God because it only lasted 64 seconds).
Luckily there is hope on the not-to-distant horizon. That’s right, the end on an era. The PPV may be going the way of the Dodo.
“Yeah, I do believe there will be a day when there probably isn’t pay-per-view. With this Fox exposure, we’re only a few months into this deal, but yeah, as we continue to put on shows and showcase talent over the next several years, the fan base is going to grow bigger and bigger and bigger. As the landscape in television continues to change – a lot of people believe everything is gonna go to the internet. Like, now, when you buy your cable, and there’s basic cable and you can add other stations. We’re probably gonna get to a point where you can just pick exactly what you want. I want this channel, I want that channel, and I want that one, and that’s it. It’s very interesting to see where all this goes over the next several years, but I think the UFC is definitely gonna be a power player in the sports world.”
Going to be a power player? We appreciate the modesty Dana, but your face is as infamous as the sport itself.