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Old 10-14-2008, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC Signs Japanese TV Deal

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The UFC is headed back to Japanese TV sets via a new two-year deal with the Japanese subscription-based broadcaster WOWOW. They’ll be broadcasting all UFC pay-per-views starting with this Saturday’s UFC 89 from England on a tape delay. From the press release:

“The Japanese market has always been important to the UFC, and we want to bring MMA and all of its biggest stars back to Japan,” said Dana White, UFC President. “We are thrilled to be back with WOWOW.”

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“WOWOW is extremely pleased to announce that UFC is back on WOWOW, starting with the UFC 89 event in Birmingham, UK,” said Mr. Kazuyuki Omura, Chief Producer, WOWOW. “The UFC will telecast in High Definition on WOWOW’s popular “Timely-on-Air” format, a limited delay broadcast adjusting the airtime to a time that will be convenient for the sports fans in Japan. After airing over 50 UFC shows from 2001 to 2007, we are excited to once again provide our subscribers with the most prominent mixed martial arts program in the world.”
There, Japanese MMA fans, does that take some of the sting out of Zuffa buying Pride only to dismantle it? No, probably not, but what can you do. At least you’ve still got Dream, and at least they finally paid Nick Diaz for a fight that happened last spring.

This TV deal is just one more box checked in the UFC’s global domination plans. Now look the **** out, Phillipines.
I'm hoping for MMA in Japan to get as big as it was in 04/05. So this is a good step, I hope to see some UFC shows in Japan sometime aswell. The dedicated fans that they do have, deserve to see an event. Though I don't think this will happen anytime soon.
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's pretty interesting news, the Japanese are big MMA fans. I hope the presence of UFC in Japan inspires more to pursue MMA. I believe the more people who pursue it, the more talent we will be exposed to in martial arts. My dream is for it to gain some serious popularity in asia, under the potentiality that Chinese martial artists will approach it.
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Good Find and thanks for the update this is great news and i really hope we do get some shows going in the Land of the Rising Sun very soon.
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UFC had a deal with them for a long time. This is just basically a new contract, not that theyre showing UFC there for the first time.
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