“Every time I get on Twitter or whatever, I see the U.K. fans, ‘They don’t care about us. They don’t care about this market.. Same thing with Ireland. Of course we do.”
“We would love to be with FOX over the U.K.,” he said this past September. “I think that once our deals expire, we will figure it out, and we’ll get that whole U.K./Ireland piece of this thing fixed.””
“The television deal we want hasn’t been as easy to acquire as we thought it would be,” he said following this past Saturday’s event. “We thought we could get that thing done. If you’d have asked many years ago and said, ‘Do you think you’ll be on FOX before you secure a big deal over here in the U.K.?’ I would have said, ‘There’s no way in hell. We’ll probably get the U.K. deal done first.’
“But it hasn’t happened. We’re still invested in that whole market out there, and we will get it done. We’re not going to give up on it.”
I think that when we do land the right deal over in the U.K., everything is going to be golden over there,” he said. “It’s always the market that’s made the most sense to me other than the U.S. and Mexico when we first bought this thing. It’s been a long, hard battle, and we’re still fighting it.”
Dana White comments on the current UK UFC broadcasting deal in an interview with mmajunkie. The UFC is currently being broadcast through ESPN in the UK. The deal has not been perfect for UK fans, myself included. Some UFC events are not covered by the channel due to the current deal, most recently this weekend’s UFC on Fuel TV 2 was played on a tape delay.
How do you feel about the current UFC broadcasting in the UK? Would you like to see the likes of the under-card on TV oppose to having to take to Facebook to watch ? Or would you like to see any other type of changes made ?