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UFC agrees to multi-year partnership with the DISH Network

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The contract dispute that kept UFC 186: Horiguchi vs. Johnson from airing on the DISH Network has been resolved just a day before UFC 187.

On Friday it was announced via the UFC's website that Saturday's pay-per-view event will be available for purchase on the satellite service.

"UFC is pleased to announce the renewal of a multi-year partnership with DISH Network L.L.C. to continue providing all of the biggest and most anticipated UFC Pay-Per-View (PPV) events of the year to DISH’s approximately 14 million customers," the statement said. "The agreement will provide UFC fans the opportunity to tune in, this Saturday, May 23 for an epic night of fights, featuring two championship bouts on UFC 187: JOHNSON vs. CORMIER at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT."

Though no specifics were given on the length of the deal, the UFC avoided a conflict which left many fans unhappy for the April 25 show in Montreal.

Saturday night's main card will feature two title bouts, including a middleweight clash between Vitor Belfort and champion Chris Weidman, as well as a light heavyweight fight between Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier.

"We are thrilled that DISH will continue to carry UFC PPV events and featured content," said the UFC's Chief Content Officer, Marshall Zelaznik. "Together with DISH, we will continue to deliver all of our premium content for years to come."

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