Bad news for fans in the UK, as the ESPN premium subscription sports network will not be showing the UFC On Fox 3 event, headlined by Nate Diaz taking on Jim Miller in a potential Number #1 contenders bout for the Lightweight title.
At least, ESPN will not be showing the fight card live, possibly due to a program scheduling conflict. ESPN will however broadcast the event on tape delay Sunday night at 10:30 PM GMT.
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However, if you simply can't wait that long and have to get a live UFC fix, fear not: UFC.TV will be live streaming the event in the UK for free. Simply create an account (at no expense) if you haven't one already, and sign in to watch on Saturday night.
UFC.TV allows you to watch from different camera angles, have different audio feeds including from the Red or Blue corner, pause and even rewind the action. You can now even interact while watching, with the Enhanced Viewing experience allowing you to score the rounds how you see fit and compare your judging skills with the rest of the UFC.TV audience. You can even check on twitter discussion of the event, or join the UFC.TV chat room without leaving the page.
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OK, it's not ideal, but you can't fault the UFC on this one, and they have managed to make lemonade out of lemons. ESPN has previously had problems showing UFC events, including UFC's first show on Fox featuring the Heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, and a Dan Hardy headlined UFC on Versus card against Chris Lytle.
ESPN's deal with the UFC is up for renewal later this summer, and it will be interesting to see the decisions Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta make for the UK market. FX is available in the UK, but may not be setup for live programming, while Sky Sports -- ESPN's biggest rival -- is available in more homes, has more sports channels for content, and has a connection to Fox Sports through David Hill, who started with Sky and helped build their sports network and soccer coverage in the late 1980's, before heading to Fox to do the same with Fox Sports and their NFL coverage.