Fox Sports which had the broadcast rights for the UFC for the past eight years is finally coming to an end as UFC will make ESPN it’s new home. ESPN got the broadcast rights for the UFC for a mammoth $1.5 Billion over five years and another five-year deal with ESPN to broadcast 15 full UFC fight cards on ESPN+, the network’s new digital streaming service. This deal is estimated to be worth $750 Million over five years.
Fox, who had been negotiating with the UFC for months, also ended up signing a new massive deal of their own, partnering up with the WWE for a lucrative deal as the UFC exits their umbrella. As UFC moves to ESPN, it also finally marks the end of UFC on FS1 cable coverage which featured former UFC fighters Kenny Florian, Michael Bisping and television personality Karyn Bryant. They worked as a TV studio analyst for Fox.
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The next few weeks are going to be tough as I start to say goodbye to my wonderful @ufconfox family. But being on set with @kennyflorian and @mikebisping the last two nights for the #TUFFinale and #UFCAdelaide gave me nothing but joy. To say I love working with these two is probably the biggest understatement I could ever possibly make! The three of us will be at the desk together for #UFC232 at the end of the month in Vegas, but this weekend was the last time we'd be in the @foxsports studios on a fight night. Hope you guys enjoyed watching the shows as much as we loved making them together! #GoodTimesWithGreatPeople #FacePunching #UFC
UFC Fight Night Adelaide was the last broadcast for UFC on FOX and Karyn Bryant took to Instagram to bid UFC on Fox goodbye. However, she will still be working for Fox alongside Megan Olivi on some NFL broadcasts for FOX this season and her first assignment was in mid-September at NFL Sunday game between the Atlanta Falcons the Carolina Panthers.