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The UFC, via their new UK TV deal with ESPN, will regionalize their future UK broadcasts starting with UFC 103. This would mean that all their local fighters that are fighting in the prelims will be televised before the broadcast of the PPV starts, giving the developing local talent a chance to gain traction with their hometown fans. Telegraph.co.uk has it:
ESPN is to regionalise UFC events in the future, by showing British fighters who may be in preliminary bouts on UFC events taking place elsewhere. This is a major step forward...
Clearly, the plan ESPN and the UFC have come up with is designed to cater for UK fans of the sport, and developing British fighters within the UFC. It is also a sign that ESPN are looking to put roots in for a long-term future with the sport.
While the report states that it will start on UFC 103 with Paul Daley's fight being shown in the UK, it has already begun for the broadcasts of other countries this past weekend. Mark Munoz's fight was one of the few UFC 102 preliminary bouts that weren't televised in the regular PPV, but due to the UFC 'regionalizing' the Philippine broadcast, his fellow Filipinos were able to watch him beat Nick Catone.
This is a great move by the UFC in helping their expansion in other countries. They would be able to market their up-and-coming fighters and help them develop a bigger fan base with the locals, while not having to sacrifice a slot in the main card. It's a win-win situation for both the company and fans abroad.