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Amazon gets rights to sell UFC pay-per-view events, starting with Saturday’s UFC 222

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The next UFC pay-per-view will be available on Amazon.

On Wednesday morning, John Ourand from Sports Business Daily reported that Amazon had picked up non-exclusive U.S. rights to sell UFC pay-per-view events via their video platform – Amazon Prime Video.

The UFC-Amazon deal begins with this weekend’s UFC 222, which features a women’s featherweight title bout between pound-for-pound best Cris Cyborg and former Invicta FC champ Yana Kunitskaya. The event will go down on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Customers won’t need to be Amazon Prime members to order the $64.99 pay-per-view, which is already available for purchase on Amazon. The specific terms of the deal, including the deal’s length and cost, remain unknown. This will be the first time Amazon will sell a pay-per-view package for live sports.

The UFC’s partnership with Amazon comes at an interesting time in the company, as its seven-year television contract with FOX expires on Dec. 31 and the leading MMA promotion has yet to find a home to feature their future content.