New Details Emerge on the Digital UFC Network

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2013

NEW YORK - MARCH 06:   UFC president Dana White speaks at a press conference at Radio City Music Hall on March 06, 2012 in New York City.  UFC announced that their third event on the FOX network will take place on Saturday, May 5 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
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For those who were wondering and anticipating the details of the new digital UFC network, some of those questions have been answered.

As of now, UFC Fight Pass will cost $9.99 per month, which for a full year's service, will run you about $120.

The first three fight cards to be shown in real time are UFC in Singapore, UFC Fight Night in Macau and UFC Fight Night in London, the latter of which is headlined by Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa.

For those across the world hoping to see these fight cards on television, they will need to check with their local cable provider. In North America, fans who do not wish to purchase the digital network, and are willing to wait for the televised tape delay, should be in luck.

Clarified in a report from, "Events will continue to air on pay-per-view, FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 in 2014, of course, but some of the UFC’s international events are geared toward region-specific audiences."

Other features that will be on UFC Fight Pass are the preliminary fights that usually air on Facebook, event replays, fight libraries (UFC, WEC, Strikeforce, Pride), UFC television programming and some original content.

In looking at this, there is definitely bound to be mixed reactions to the digital network the UFC plans to launch here.

On one hand, you have an entire library of content that could have you busy on a rainy day for hours. You could relive the Pride days, catch a card you may have missed in the past or watch some in-depth interviews with top UFC athletes.

On the other hand, if you're like me, this is $120 bucks to watch a small Fight Night card per month and preliminary card fights that I used to be able to watch on Facebook for free. 

The idea of the digital network is great, but expecting fans to not only pay for pricey pay-per-views every once a month or so ($45-55 per show) plus dropping $10 a month for a digital network may be too much.

We will see how this experiment goes. That's most of what is known for now, but stay tuned in case more details emerge from UFC Fight Pass.