UFC, DirecTV unable to reach agreement before UFC 234

If you order UFC pay-per-views through DirecTV, you’ll have to find an alternative for this weekend’s big fights.

UFC 234 won’t be carried by the satellite provider after an apparent breakdown in negotiations for a new deal with the UFC. The card is headlined by a middleweight title bout between champion Robert Whittaker and also features Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva in the co-main event.

In a prepared statement, the UFC is urging fans to purchase the event through streaming providers or Dish Network, the promotion’s other long-term pay-per-view partner.

“Unfortunately, we have been unable to reach an agreement with one of our primary distributors, DirecTV,” read the statement, posted on the UFC’s official website. “Though we continue to work to reach a resolution, UFC 234 … will not be available on DirecTV.”

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DirecTV, which is owned by telecom giant AT&T, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

UFC and DirecTV’s previous contract expired at the end of 2018. The companies reportedly were negotiating a new deal, with the UFC asking for an increase in the share of the pay-per-view revenue that could amount to a 70-30 split.

That’s the share the UFC currently receives in its digital pay-per-view business, according to MMAFighting.com’s Dave Meltzer, while the promotion earns approximately half of the revenue from satellite PPV providers such as DirecTV and Dish.

With many more streaming options on the table for the UFC, the promotion could be trying to use its leverage to sweeten the deal for its next contract.

Fans who pre-purchased UFC 234, which takes place Saturday at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, are urged to call DirecTV for refunds.

For more on UFC 234, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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