BBC lands first UFC radio rights for Liverpool event
The BBC, the UK public-service broadcaster, has landed radio rights to mixed martial arts' Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Liverpool, in the north west of England, next weekend.
It will be the first time that a UFC event is broadcast over the airwaves of the BBC, which will carry the fight on its Radio 5 live Sports Extra channel.
UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Till takes place at the Echo Arena Liverpool on 27 May.
BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra will air the entirety of the main card, starting at around 6pm (UK), following the conclusion of the fourth day of the England versus Pakistan cricket test match.
David Shaw, UFC senior vice-president, international and content, said: “The appeal of UFC continues to reach new heights in the UK and it’s fitting that this broadcast will cover such an historic and highly-anticipated event in Liverpool.”
Ben Gallop, head of BBC radio and digital sport, added: “Broadcasting a UFC event live on BBC 5 live Sports Extra is a landmark moment for us. The growing popularity of UFC in the UK, particularly amongst younger audiences, makes it the ideal sport for us to broadcast live, offering comprehensive coverage to our millions of listeners.”
The fight will be televised in the UK by pay-TV operator BT Sport, whose UFC rights deal expires at the end of this year.