Ultimate Fighting Championship® Inks Deal with TQS
World’s Fastest Growing Sports Organization Appears
on Terrestrial TV for First Time in North America
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, March 23, 2009 – TQS and Ultimate Fighting Championship® today announced a television deal to air UFC® events and programming, marking the first time in North American history that live UFC fights will be seen on terrestrial television. TQS has reached an agreement with UFC to present fights traditionally only aired via cable television networks.
“We are pleased to have this deal in place, and look forward to bringing the most exciting live event in the world to TQS viewers,” said Dana White, UFC President. “UFC is huge in Canada, we have incredible fighters from there, and now fans in Quebec can experience UFC for free on TQS.”
Starting Friday, March 27, at 9 P.M. ET, TQS will broadcast over 52 hours of UFC fights in Canadian French language including four live events featuring the greatest athletes in the sport, as well as episodes of UFC® WiRED™ and UFC® Unleashed™. The series is produced by UFC as well as IDI, the production company headed by Anne-Marie Losique and Marc Trudeau.
Based in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC is entering its sixteenth year of operation as a professional mixed martial arts organization. Currently seen on television in over 100 countries and territories in 17 different languages, UFC is the world’s largest pay-per-view content provider, and is the fastest-growing sports organization in history. UFC programs are often the highest-rated television sports shows among the coveted male 18-34 and 18-42 demographic.
Quebec is no stranger to the UFC phenomenon, since current UFC Welterweight Champion is none other than St-Isodore native Georges “Rush” St-Pierre.
The first UFC event on TQS will be presented on April 1st, 2009 at 10:30 P.M. ET (tape-delay). Presented from Nashville, UFC® Fight Night™ will feature a full card stacked with 12 exciting match-ups. (All bouts live and subject to change).
UFC WiRED on TQS, will be hosted by Rej Laplanche (Ultimate Fighting® specialist) and top 10 UFC Middleweight Patrick Côté.
IDI specialises in the production of quality television shows and content for HD television and the Internet.
GEORGES ST-PIERRE, REJ LAPLANCHE AND PATRICK CÔTÉ
WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS ON MARCH 23 and 24
Source : TQS
Presse : Sophie Marsolais, SMAC COMMUNICATIONS, 514 637-7336
Source IDI : Felipe del Pozo, 514 789 1777 ext 3108, email@example.com
TQS, a Canadian French-language, privately-owned television network, is available in approximately 1.2 million homes in Quebec, Canada through network-owned stations and affiliates. The network is owned and operated by Remstar Corporation.
About The Ultimate Fighting Championship®
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa™, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® produces over twelve live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed residentially through North American cable and satellite providers including iNDEMAND Networks, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN Entertainment, BellTV, SaskTel Max™, Shaw Pay-Per-View, Viewers Choice, and WOWOW in Japan, and Premiere Combate and SporTV in Brazil, and via the Internet worldwide on Yahoo! Sports, and commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada. In addition to its North American distribution, UFC programming is distributed in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit ufc.com or uk.ufc.com or ufcespanol.com.
Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, Zuffa™, The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners.