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TSN, RDS and Fight Network Become the New Canadian Home for UFC® Content in Multi-Year Media Deal

Bell Media’s TSN and RDS to partner with Fight Network to produce original content,

broadcast international events and Fight Night Prelims

TORONTO (December 22, 2014) – TSN, RDS, Fight Network and UFC® today announced a

new multi-year agreement for Canadian media rights to UFC global events.

Bell Media’s TSN and RDS will deliver a slate of marquee UFC programming to fans across

multiple platforms, including major live events, preliminary fights of UFC Pay-Per-View

events, UFC Fight Night™ events, and The Ultimate Fighter® series.

Fight Network will broadcast all UFC Fight Night™ events from around the world as well as

preliminary bouts for domestic non-Pay-Per-View cards.

TSN and RDS will partner with Fight Network to produce an original live pre-fight program

before Pay-Per-View events that will air on Canada’s #1 sports networks. Additional shoulder

programming will air across TSN’s suite of five national feeds, giving UFC fans more access

to programming than ever before.

As part of the partnership, TSN, RDS and Fight Network will work together to provide

effective sales and marketing of UFC broadcasts in Canada.

“We are excited to join forces with TSN and RDS to provide UFC’s one-of-a-kind content in

English and French, through two of Canada’s most-watched specialty channels. On top of

that, we have an agreement with Fight Network that will perfectly complement this coverage,”

said Tom Wright, UFC Managing Director, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. “This is a

huge win for Canadian UFC fans as they will have more content on broadcast television than

ever before.”

“UFC is a marquee international property with a loyal and engaged Canadian fan base. UFC

content and support programming will be a tremendous addition to our slate of championship

events,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming and Marketing, TSN. “We are

also looking forward to working with Fight Network to showcase original UFC content across

our suite of five feeds.”

“We are thrilled to be entering into this prestigious multimedia partnership with UFC and Bell

Media’s TSN and RDS, and we look forward to working with our colleagues to grow the

UFC’s already significant fan base in Canada as well as helping to build the sport of mixed

martial arts at the grassroots level,” said Leonard Asper, CEO, Fight Network.

TSN kicks off its UFC coverage on Saturday, Jan. 3 with COUNTDOWN TO UFC 182:

JONES VS. CORMIER at 7 p.m. ET on TSN4 and TSN5. The countdown show leads into

two hours of UFC 182 preliminary fight coverage at 8 p.m. ET, which features Danny Castillo

vs. Paul Felder, Marcus Brimage vs. Cody Garbrandt, Shawn Jordan vs. Jarod Cannonier

and Evan Dunham vs. Rodrigo Damm.

Additional UFC programming will launch on TSN and RDS in early 2015 and includes UFC


OCTAGON, event weigh-ins and press conferences.

This announcement follows TSN and RDS’s new broadcast rights agreement with UEFA,

making the networks the new home of UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA


In addition to its live coverage, Fight Network will be producing live pre-fight programming,

live coverage of press conferences and weigh-ins, post-fight analysis, as well as library

programming highlighting UFC’s finest fighters and moments leading up to today.

About UFC

Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) is the

premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the

world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao

Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell-out some of the

most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in 129 countries

and territories to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide in 28 different languages. In

2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS™, a digital subscription service with exclusive live

events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also

licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts

and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT™ (an in-home fitness and nutrition

program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTS, UFC Fight

Club®, UFC Fan Expo®, UFC branded apparel, DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading

Cards. For more information, visit and follow UFC on Facebook at, on Twitter @UFC_CA and Instagram @UFC.

About TSN

TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of

multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers world-class content across its industry-leading

platforms including five national television feeds,, TSN GO, and TSN Radio stations

across the country. With more championship events than any broadcaster in the country,

TSN’s roster of live sports programming includes the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior

Championship, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Toronto

Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Season of Champions Curling, UEFA Euro

2016, MLB, Barclays Premier League, Golf’s Majors, NASCAR, F1, Grand Slam Tennis,

NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada and Rugby Canada events. TSN is a division of

Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications


About RDS

RDS is Canada’s French-language sports broadcasting leader and Quebec’s #1 specialty

network. In addition to its world-class content delivered across multiple platforms, including

the RDS, RDS2 and RDS Info channels, website, RDS Mobile, RDS Télé mobile and

the RDS GO app, RDS offers the broadest portfolio of French-language sports programming

in the world. Official broadcaster of the Montreal Canadiens, CFL and Grey Cup, NFL and

Super Bowl, MLS and MLS Cup, MLB and World Series, FIFA World Cup soccer from 2015

to 2022 and Euro 2016 and exclusive French-language broadcaster of the Montreal

Alouettes, F1®, and the Tour de France, RDS’s various channels present almost 4,000 hours

of live programming each year, including Montreal Impact soccer, the IIHF World Junior

Championship, NASCAR, PGA Tour golf including all four majors, ATP tennis including all

four Grand Slam tournaments, Barclays Premier League soccer, NCAA March Madness

basketball, Seasons of Champions Curling and the Skate Canada International. RDS is a

division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest

communications company.

About Fight Network

Fight Network ( is the world’s premier combat sports network

dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, including fights, fighters, fight news and

fight lifestyle. The channel is available in the U.S., all major carriers in Canada and over 30

countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and includes additional programming on

TSN Radio in Canada on Sirius XM Channel 167. Fight Network’s parent company Anthem

Media Group Inc. ( also owns Fantasy Sports Network and

a significant interest in the Pursuit Channel.

For More Information


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Fight Network

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