The Ultimate Fighting Championship gears up for 2019 with eleven events featured on the calendar. The promotion announced the first dates, locations, and distribution for the events scheduled from January 19 to March 30.
“This new schedule marks the beginning of the historic multi-year agreement between UFC and The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-To-Consumer & International segment and ESPN that makes ESPN+ and ESPN the exclusive media homes of UFC in the United States,” reads the announcement made during UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis held at Madison Square Garden in New York City Sunday November 4 (AEDT).
“The first three months of 2019 features action-packed UFC events across ESPN+, the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, and ESPN networks, every week for 11 consecutive weeks. ESPN+ will showcase more than 36 hours of exclusive UFC action and ESPN linear networks will add another 18 hours (with all 54 hours available in both English and Spanish).
Starting January, ESPN+ and ESPN will become the exclusive digital and linear distributors in the United States for UFC, showcasing 42 live events, 30 of which will feature a full card of 12 UFC bouts.
Events streamed live on ESPN+ will carry the ‘UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night’ moniker, while events broadcast on ESPN will be branded ‘UFC on ESPN Fight Night.’ ESPN+ will offer 20 exclusive events and all preliminary fights for “UFC on ESPN Fight Night” programs, while ESPN linear networks will broadcast 10 exclusive events as well as all UFC Pay-Per-View preliminary fights.”
The complete lineup of UFC events in the first quarter of 2019 can be found below. Fight cards and more information is expected to be announced at a later date.
UFC schedule for the first three months of 2019
Jan 19: UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night, Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
Jan 26: UFC 233 – Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Feb 2: UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night, Brazil – ESPN+
Feb 9: UFC 234
Feb 17: UFC on ESPN Fight Night, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Feb 23: UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night
Mar 2: UFC 235, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Mar 9: UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night
Mar 16: UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night, The O2 Arena, London, England – ESPN+
Mar 23: UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night
Mar 30: UFC on ESPN Fight Night