BBC To Broadcast UFC Live

May 23, 2018

The BBC is set to broadcast a live UFC event in the UK for the first time this weekend.

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will be covering the promotion’s debut in Liverpool on Sunday.

‘UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till’ takes place at the Echo Arena. Tickets for the event sold out within an hour of going on general sale, reflecting the sport’s growing popularity in the country.

David Shaw, UFC Senior Vice President – International and Content, said: “We’re extremely excited that BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra will be broadcasting live from a UFC event for the first time.

“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. With tickets to the event selling out so quickly, this gives fans who missed out another chance to follow the action.”

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. Our coverage on 5 live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website will ensure fans won’t miss a moment of the action in Liverpool.”