FUEL TV will dedicate up to 25% of its 2012 programming to UFC content, said general manager George Greenberg today.
The content will be headed up by live international non-pay-per-view events, the preliminary fights of domestic pay-per-views that currently air on Facebook, international reality shows, weigh-in specials, Countdown and Primetime shows and other shoulder programming.
Greenberg made the statements on a media call with UFC Lorenzo Fertitta and President Dana White, FOX Sports Media Group Chairman David Hill and FOX Sports Co-President Eric Shanks joined by MMA Nation's Luke Thomas.
In addition, FX will air the domestic version of The Ultimate Fighter, monthly two-hour Fight Night Specials and Ultimate Fighter Finales, and two preliminary fights from domestic pay-per-view events.
Where once the UFC's Facebook page aired preliminary fights, those bouts will now move to FUEL. In addition, those preliminary fight card bouts that would previously air live on Spike (generally only two bouts in a one-hour format) would then move to FX.
Live fight events on FUEL will run 3 hours, those on FX will last two hours. It was suggested on today's call by Fox's Shanks the 'sweet spot' for UFC events on over-the-air Fox would be one and a half hours.