Ireland has waited for the Ultimate Fighting Championship to return to its shores for a long time, and while they’re not getting an event on Irish soil in the near future, Irish sports fans will be able to watch 30 live UFC events beginning in August.
Setanta Sports on Monday announced that BT Sports 1 and BT Sports 2, as well as ESPN, would become available through Setana’s sports packages starting Aug. 1. The new channels will be automatically added to existing customers line-ups on that date.
Pricing for the sports channels was not announced, but an announcement is expected by mid-July.
The UFC hosted its first and only event in Ireland with UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson in Dublin in January 2009. UFC president Dana White has recently indicate that the fight promotion plans to return soon, but no date has been revealed.
In the meantime, Irish MMA fans will have a steady stream of UFC content on television.