Published Thursday, July 9, 2009 | 11 p.m.
Updated Friday, July 10, 2009 | 3:15 a.m.
Two weeks ago it was China, on Thursday Mexico stepped into the forefront as the UFC’s latest global partner.
The world’s premiere mixed martial arts organization announced that it has signed a multi-faceted television agreement in Mexico with Grupo Televisa S.A.B. — the world’s largest Spanish-speaking media company.
“I’ve said for years that we would love to bring the UFC to Mexico, some of the greatest fighters in history are from Mexico, and the fans there are among the most passionate and loyal in all of sports,” said UFC president Dana White, of the deal that will start with a nationwide broadcast of the UFC historic 100th event on Saturday.
“We are honored that Grupo Televisa will launch TDN with UFC live events and programs, and that UFC will now be available to our fans in Mexico, starting with Channel 9’s free broadcast of UFC 100 on July 11.”
TDN’s UFC schedule will consist of live UFC Fight Night events, UFC Countdown shows, one-hour feature programs that take an in-depth and exclusive look at UFC fighters preparing for an upcoming fight, and the weekly series Guerreros del UFC, a Spanish-language show featuring the greatest bouts throughout the UFC’s 15-year history.
“The primary objective is to satisfy the demand of the viewers who are always critical and demanding and always looking for new sports content. That is why we are celebrating the exclusive UFC 100 transmission in Mexico — UFC has positioned itself as the worldwide leader in mixed martial arts,” said Ricardo Perez Teuffer, Vice President of Sports and Special Events, Televisa.