UFC Announces Partnership To Show UFC Event In Movie Theaters

UFC today announced that it has entered into a partnership with NCM Fathom to show UFC events in 300 select movie theater around the country. The high definition viewings will debut starting with UFC 111 “St-Pierre vs Hardy”.

To search for a theater near you check out the event website.

Press Release:

Centennial, Colo. — Feb. 22, 2010 — For the first time in UFC® history, UFC fans can head to their local movie theater and take in all the action in the Octagon“„¢, live and broadcast in high definition on the big screen starting with UFC 111: St- Pierre vs. Hardy on Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Pacific.

Dana White, UFC President, today announced the UFC has closed a deal with NCM Fathom to present a series of live UFC fights in more than 300 select movie theaters nationwide, as well as plans to have UFC fighters host screenings in various markets. Tickets are available to this special in-theater event at www.FathomEvents.com and presenting theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the web site (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“This is an opportunity to provide our fans with another cool way to watch UFC programming on the big-screen, live, in high-def and in surround sound,” said White. “UFC 111 has a stacked undercard and St-Pierre vs. Hardy and Mir vs. Carwin are both title fights, so this is the perfect event to kick off our new deal with NCM Fathom.”

UFC 111: St- Pierre vs. Hardy features reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre vs. British bomber Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy and former heavyweight champion Frank Mir vs. number one contender Shane Carwin for the interim UFC heavyweight title. In addition, theater-goers can watch the entire UFC 111 live card, including welterweights Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves, lightweights Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek and welterweights Ben Saunders vs. Jake Ellenberger.

“Fathom audiences have long been waiting to see UFC events in their local theaters around the country and now, for the first time, fans can experience the action-packed excitement of the UFC on the big screen in pure high definition,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “Teaming up with the UFC for this series is a major milestone for our alternative program schedule in movie theaters and promises to give fans an intense opportunity to cheer on their favorite fighters, front row center.”

Broadcast live from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, UFC 111: St- Pierre vs. Hardy will be shown in more than 300 select movie theaters including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark USA Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Goodrich Quality Theatres, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as the Carolina Theatre (Asheville, NC), Palace Cinema 9 (South Burlington, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA), through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network — North America’s largest cinema broadcast network.

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 19-2 professional record) has been unstoppable since regaining the title in 2008. The 28-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holds two career wins a piece over the legendary Matt Hughes and current UFC lightweight champion and former welterweight champion BJ Penn. The 170-pound champ defended his crown most recently against feared striker Thiago Alves at UFC 100 last July, and now St-Pierre makes his fourth title defense against one of the fiercest threats to his crown in UK superstar Dan Hardy.

Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy (fighting out of Nottingham, England, 23-6 1 NC) is unbeaten in the UFC and fresh off wins over Marcus Davis and Mike Swick. A black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the brash 27-year-old is looking to extend his seven-fight win streak as he becomes the first British fighter to contend for a UFC title. With 11 wins by KO/TKO and three by submission, the UK fighter with the 4-0 mark in the UFC always looks for the finish.

Winner of four of his last five fights, former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev., 13-4) has put on the necessary muscle and weight to face the biggest challengers in the heavyweight division, and he is refocused on earning back the world title. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with immensely improved striking, the 30-year-old knocked down feared striker Cheick Kongo at UFC 107 and then proceeded to submit the French contender with a guillotine choke, putting him firmly back in the title picture.

Originally scheduled to face UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, No. 1 contender Shane Carwin (fighting out of Denver, Colo., 11-0) has been on a tear ever since he stepped foot into the Octagon. A former national wrestling champion with dynamite in his fists, Carwin has made quick work of all three of his UFC opponents, finishing Christian Wellisch, Neil Wain and Gabriel Gonzaga within 91 seconds each. Now he takes the next step in his career against Frank Mir.

Comments

  1. $25 a ticket!!!!! That is the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a long time

  2. I can watch them at a local bar for $10 with surround sound ,way better food and beer.

  3. I haven't seen anything on prices yet but if its 25 no one will go. Might as well get a buddy and just buy it and watch at home. If its cheaper this would be awesome. Is it live or a week late though cuz isn't it March 21st and all the signs keep saying the 27th

  4. Per the website the theatre in my area is showing it for $9.00….same cost of a movie. But I agree, crap food and no beer.

  5. Holy crap

  6. Fuck I'm an idiot, it is $25.00 at the theatre in my area. That is fucking stupid, I'll dish out the extra 25 and watch in the comfort of my home with beer!

  7. mhmh thank god for internet :D

  8. Hot Waitresses Here says:

    If you live in L.A. go to Dillon's Irish Pub in Hollywood…f'king HOTTTTTT Bartenders and waitresses. OMFG!

    …..oh, yeah, and the fight is FREE there!

  9. CobraClutch says:

    PPV = $50

    Theater = $25

    Local Bar = $5-10

    Internet = FREE

    Hmmmmm…will I watch in the theater? Hell to the no!

  10. What a rip off – What f*ing market are they going for here???? Dumb, die hard fight fans who also don't like beer?

  11. Not to mention if it does take off, I don't want to sit that close to people I don't know watching the fight. With my luck, I would be sitting right next to those assholes that yell shit like, "Just knock him out!" and, "Just stand up!"

  12. seriously. I'd rather watch it with my friends who know wtf is going on and don't yell the same dumb shit til i stab em in the eye with the straw from my over-costed beverage until he's legally blind and I have the right to remain silent.

    …sorry.

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