AFTER A BRIEF HIATUS FROM TV SCREENS IN ASIA, THE UFC HAS RENEWED A BROADCAST DEAL WITH FOX SPORTS.

Fox confirmed to ROUGH that a broadcast deal is back on the cards, adding that UFC will be back on air as soon as this weekend.

The deal covers multiple platforms across Fox Sports’ footprint in Asia, but will not include the Philippines, South Korea or Taiwan.

Fans can also watch UFC on smart devices via Fox Sports Play, which is currently available through multiple Pay TV platforms in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Fox said more platforms will be added soon.

Timing of the renewal comes as Japanese flyweight Kyoji Horiguchi prepares for a world title shot against Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson this Sunday for UFC 186.

The next few weeks will see UFC head to Adelaide in Australia for the first time where Stipe Miocic will square off against fellow heavyweight Mark Hunt.

UFC Asia will then head to Manila for the first time on 16 May with a five-round featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber.

Craig Dobbs, Head of Acquisitions for Asia Pacific and Middle East at Fox Sports said, the broadcaster was “delighted” to conclude this agreement, and continue to offer MMA fans across Asia great coverage of the UFC.

Ken Berger, executive vice president and general manager of UFC Asia, said the organisation would continue to build on the moment of recent years in building the UFC brand.

“We’re pleased to be giving our fans even more access to our content across the region.”