ESPN are set to clinch a deal with the UFC to screen fight cards on UK television, SunSport can exclusively reveal.
The American TV giant - owned by Disney - are understood to have secured the rights to broadcast the MMA promotion's biggest events, starting with UFC 101 next month.
We understand a deal has been agreed between the two parties and UFC president Dana White has called a press conference on Friday to announce the news.
ESPN launch their UK channel on August 3 and their cameras will be at the Philadelphia Wachovia Centre to shoot UFC 101 on August 8.
Our ESPN source said: "We're on the brink of having lots to share, just waiting for the ink to dry on a couple of things."
UFC refused to confirm a deal had been completed but a source close to the discussions did say: "You've got good ears" when we asked for a comment after relaying our information to them.
ESPN executives were special guests of UFC president Dana White at UFC 100 and a network TV deal in the United States is also expected to be announced.
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