NENT Group extends exclusive UFC rights

  • Viaplay to show more than 40 UFC events live every year
  • Nordic UFC stars include Makwan Amirkhani, Jack Hermansson and Mark O. Madsen
  • NENT Group shows more than 50,000 hours of the world’s best live sporting action every year

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), the Nordic region’s leading streaming company, and UFC, the world’s premier MMA organisation, have today announced the extension of NENT Group’s exclusive Nordic UFC media rights in a multi-year agreement. UFC events will continue to be shown live on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service, with selected events available on NENT Group’s free-TV channels and through pay-per-view (PPV).

The new agreement means NENT Group remains the exclusive Nordic home of the world’s leading mixed martial arts organisation, with all UFC numbered galas and UFC Fight Nights to be streamed live on Viaplay. Preliminary and early preliminary matchups from each gala will also be shown live every time a Nordic fighter is involved.

Fight fans will therefore be able to follow all their favourite Nordic UFC stars, including Makwan Amirkhani (FI), Nicolas Dalby (DK), Damir Hadžović (DK), Jack Hermansson (NO/SE), Pannie Kianzad (SE), Ilir Latifi (SE), Lina Länsberg (SE) and Mark O. Madsen (DK).

The next UFC gala on Viaplay will be UFC 246®: McGREGOR vs. COWBOY on 18 January, headlined by the long-anticipated comeback of former two-division champion Conor McGregor in a welterweight bout with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. The gala will be shown as a PPV in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, with pricing to be confirmed in due course.

Kim Mikkelsen, NENT Group Head of Sport: “With more than 300 million fans worldwide, UFC is one of the fastest growing sports brands in the world and local competitors are household names across the Nordic region. Our UFC coverage includes high quality local language commentary from every gala and has thrilled both new and established fight fans. Viaplay is in a weight class of its own when it comes to live streamed sports, and we look forward to bringing more of the very best action from the UFC Octagon to our viewers.”

David Shaw, UFC Senior Vice President: “NENT Group have been fantastic partners. They provide an incredible platform for our Nordic and international UFC superstars, and share a common goal to help build the sport of MMA across the region. We look forward to continuing to work with NENT Group and delivering unrivalled live and televised MMA action to our Nordic fanbase.”

NENT Group brings millions of fans closer to the sports they love – every shot, every goal, every touchdown, every putt, every punch, every lap, every time. NENT Group shows more than 50,000 hours of the world’s best live sporting action every year on its streaming services and TV channels, including NHL and KHL ice hockey, UEFA Champions League, Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 football, Formula 1, IndyCar, NFL American football, boxing, UFC, tennis, basketball, handball and golf.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Nordic Entertainment Group AB (publ) (NENT Group) is the Nordic region’s leading entertainment provider. We entertain millions of people every day with our streaming services, TV channels and radio stations, and our production companies create content that is experienced around the world. We make life more entertaining by telling stories, touching lives and expanding worlds – from live sports, movies and series to music and original shows. Headquartered in Stockholm, NENT Group is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (‘NENT A’ and ‘NENT B’).

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