Love them or hate them, the UFC has done Fight fans, fighters and organizations a favor in creating Fight Pass. The online, paid service is a comprehensive media library that includes footage from past events including from now defunct organizations, and the company's own preliminary fights. The service also provides live streaming of events from regional mixed martial arts organizations and organizations around the world.
Years ago, fight fans would simply plug in some search words on YouTube and watch their favorite fights. Dana White and company understandingly grew frustrated as the content they funded was being used freely across the web. While White and the UFC's former owners, Zuffa, received their share of criticism from fans used to having free content available, the company provided the next best thing in Fight Pass. The service allows fight fans to access a wide range of high quality content for just $10, at the same time that the world's largest mixed martial arts promotion can rightfully monetize what they own.
Fight Pass also plays an important role in preserving the history of mixed martial arts.
Recently, the UFC extended their reach by partnering with Canadian MMA promotion, TKO MMA. The first TKO MMA event to be live streamed will take place on November 4 at TKO 36 in Montreal, Canada. Five more events will be live streamed in 2017.
The UFC acquired TKO MMA's video library in 2015.
Formerly known as UCC, TKO MMA helped breed some of Canada's biggest stars including, Georges Saint-Pierre, Patrick Cote, Mark Hominick, Sam Stout and Steve Bosse.
In addition to TKO MMA, Alaska Fighting Championship also recently closed a deal with Fight Pass. The deal, which was precipitated by a feature on Dana White's streaming show, Lookin' for a Fight, includes the upload of AFC's library of 130 events.
AFC's president, Sarah Lorimer had the following to say about the deal in a press release.
"This has been the craziest thing to happen to AFC in over 12 years of events. We are so excited to make this deal with UFC Fight Pass. This will give people the ability to access our events from all over the world. This deal will allow our fighters to showcase their talent to millions of people."
Former middleweight champ, Rich Franklin, and current flyweight title holder, Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, have fought for the promotion. Johnson's next opponent may also be an AFC alum, as Terrence "Terr-Bear" Mitchell will compete at TUF 24 for a shot at the title. Meet the Cast of The Ultimate Fighter 24
The AFC's first live event to be streamed on Fight Pass will be AFC 125 on September 28.
Besides TKO MMA and Alaska Fighting Championship, Fight Pass is home to footage from organizations the UFC acquired, such as Pride, WEC and Strikeforce. Other organizations with their video libraries available and/or live streaming on Fight Pass include:
-Invicta Fighting Championship
-King of the Cage
-Glory SuperFight Series
-Eurasia Fight Nights
-Victory Fighting Championship
-Eddie Bravo Invitational
-International Vale Tudo Championship
-World Fighting Alliance
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