The UFC and FOX Sports have moved the remaining UFC events off FOX Sports 2. All of the fights currently scheduled for the card, most notably UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, can now be seen on FOX Sports 1. UFC president Dana White initially announced the move at the UFC Fight Night 27 Post-Fight Press Conference and subsequently confirmed the speculation about the Manchester event following today’s UFC 164 Pre-Fight Press Conference.
The news is likely due to FOX Sports 2’s limited reach and lack of a high definition channel. Last night’s UFC Fight Night 27 prelims started on FOX Sports 2 but were moved to FOX Sports 1 for the final hour after programming issues became apparent.
The move by the network and the UFC further signifies the growing relationship between the two entertainment entities and with FOX Sports 1’s numbers struggling outside of UFC content, that could expedite the growth even further.