With so many fans complaining about how there is too many fights going on in the UFC right now, FOX Sports Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Wanger said:
“I don’t think there’s over-saturation by any means,” Wanger says. “We actually applaud the additional hours. We’re trying to get this sport to be at the same level as baseball and football and NASCAR and so on. You need those extra hours to attract the eyeballs.”
UFC and believe it or not, Nascar has been the driving force behind the growth of Fox Sports 1 according to FOX Sports Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Wanger.
“It’s a great male demographic, and it’s a very loyal audience,” Wanger says. “They will find the programming.”
“Since FOX Sports 1 has launched, because of the time of the year and when various seasons start, the UFC and NASCAR have really been the key live event programming,” Wanger says. “UFC was there with us since the beginning. Those fans have found FOX Sports 1 and have driven a lot of buzz to the channel.”
Speaking of Fox, and the UFC, TUF 19 Finale goes down this Sunday night on Fox Sports 1. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fox Sports 1 and to the fight the big fights on the main card that airs on Fox Sports 1. he headlining fight is Frankie Edgar VS. BJ Penn, the co-main event will see the the middleweight division winner be crowned and also the light heavyweight tournament winner be crowned. The event airs from Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The show starts with Jumabieke Tuerxun vs. Leandro Issa at 7 p.m. ET on UFC Fox Sports 1 and then starting the real fights with the main card at 9 p.m. ET with Adriano Martins vs. Juan Manuel Puig Carreon. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.