This is absolutley huge news. SKY Sports 1 in the UK will have its own UFC TV show featuring fights, interviews, behind the scenes and much, much more.
The show will be shown from 11pm till 12pm every Thurday from 7th Feruary 2002.
Here’s the Press Release: LAS VEGAS, February 5, 2002. Officials of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today announced it has signed an exclusive television distribution agreement with British Sky Broadcasting (BskyB), Great Britain’s leading sports television channel, to air ‘Ultimate Fighting Championship’, a one-hour fight show, for twenty-three consecutive weeks at 11pm, every Thursday starting February 7, in the
United Kingdom and Ireland. The agreement represents a landmark for the UFC’s international distribution strategy. For millions of British and Irish sports fans, it represents the opportunity to watch the world’s best mixed martial arts fighters. ‘Ultimate Fighting Championship’ will feature videotaped championship fights and top matches in each of the UFC’s five weight divisions and will bring U.K and Irish fight fans an insider’s view into mixed martial arts with personal interviews with its top stars. The host will be UFC announcer Mike Goldberg. ‘The series will include championship bouts and matches featuring UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture, Light Heavyweight Champ Tito Ortiz,
Middleweight Champ Murilo Bustamante, Welterweight Champ Matt Hughes, Lightweight Champ Jens Pulver and top contenders Josh Barnett, Pedro
Rizzo, Pat Miletich, BJ Penn, Chuck Liddell and many others. ‘Today starts a new era in our history and is in recognition of our development in the past year,’ said Dana F. White, UFC president. ‘This agreement with Sky will increase the international growth of our sport. The United Kingdom and Ireland have some of the world’s most knowledgeable fight fans. We look forward to entertaining them each week.’ The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the leading mixed martial arts fighting organisation in the world. It is owned and operated by Zuffa LLC, which is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev.