MMA Crossfire – UFC Fight Pass to add King of the Cage, Cage Rage libraries in Spring of 2015

UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik announced on UFC Fight Pass today Cage Rage, Extreme Challenge MMA, the XFO, UCMMA, Hook N Shoot, TKO, King of the Cage and the Pancrase organization libraries that will be added to the subscription streaming service in Spring of 2015.

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“When we launched UFC Fight Pass one year ago, we said that it would keep getting better and better and would offer fight fans unrivaled value for money. We believe we’ve delivered on that promise yet again with this exciting announcement that these major fight libraries will be coming to Fight Pass.”

The libraries will bring the estimate fight count to over 13,000 bouts.

There will also be no price increase, Zelaznik said.

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“When we are finally done ingesting all these new libraries, we expect to be offering our members access to over 13,000 fights from all over the world and across and the entire history of our sport. That’s an astonishing 6,500 hours of archived fights on top of all the interviews, documentaries, original programming and live fights we have on UFC FIGHT PASS.”

Teams have been dispatched to Japan to begin preparing the content for UFC Fight Pass.

It’s been approximately a year since UFC Fight Pass launched, but  Zelaznik declined to provide numbers, other than state the UFC has exceeded its internal targets.

Meanwhile, the WWE network struggled towards its target of 1 million subscribers in 2014, including a delayed U.K. launch.

Live stream coverage the organization shows are also being   planned for the future, just like how Invicta FC is live streamed today.

UFC Fight Pass was also recently added to Apple TV. Efforts are being made to add it to Sony Playstation and other similar services.

It’s an opportunity to educate the fans with historic bouts that showcase the early beginnings of MMA, Zelaznik elaborated.

Zelaznik hinted that future library acquisitions are on the way.

NEW UFC FIGHT PASS LIBRARIES:

·      Cage Rage – the British based promotion was active from 2002 to 2008 and featured Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping, Anderson Silva, “Bigfoot” Silva, Dan Severn, Brad Pickett and more.

·      Extreme Challenge MMA – Formed in the mid-1990s, Extreme Challenge’s vast library includes everything from MMA pioneer fights with the likes of UFC Hall of Famers Dan Severn, Matt Hughes and Pat Miletich to bouts featuring modern UFC starts including Tim Kennedy and reigning welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.

·      XFO – The premiere regional promotion in American’s Mid-West since its 2004 inception, the X-Treme Fighting Organization’s archives boast appearances from Chael Sonnen, Clay Guida, Jamie Varner and Felice Herrig.

·      UCMMA – the successor to Cage Rage Championships, UCMMA features some of the best British talent including the early bouts of Jimi Manuwa, Tom Watson and Brad Pickett.

·      Hook N Shoot – A US based group which ran from the mid-1990s to 2011 and boasted appearances from future UFC fighters like champions Jens Pulver and Frank Mir, contenders including Antonio Nogueira and female pioneers including Miesha Tate.

·      King of the Cage – Founded in 1998 in California, KOTC has featured a who’s who of MMA over the years, including Dan Severn, Rampage Jackson, Daniel Cormier, Rory MacDonald, Urijah Faber, and early career appearances from current UFC champions Ronda Rousey, Demetrious Johnson, Robbie Lawler and TJ Dillashaw.

·      TKO – This Canadian league ran from 2000 to 2008 and served as a proving ground for the best Canadian talent including Patrick Cote, Sam Stout and Mark Hominick and Georges St-Pierre.

·      Pancrase – Launched in 1993, this iconic organization from Japan has featured legendary  MMA pioneers including Ken Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Josh Barnett and Masakatsu Funaki plus more modern names like Jose Aldo and Chael Sonnen.

Further details will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

UFC Fight Pass is currently available on personal computers, Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, Chromecast, Android, Samsung, LG Smart TV and Roku. Subscriptions are $9.99 month to month, $8.99 per month for six months or $7.99 per month for a one-year subscription.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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