Announced publicly just one hour before the start of UFC 168’s prelims last week, UFC Fight Pass is UFC’s new digital network featuring hours upon hours of fights from UFC’s extensive fight library. Not only that, but it will be the home to UFC’s international Fight Nights and exclusive content such as interview segments and more.
So, the question remains, how does the service hold up after some fiddling around during its free trial period?
Once you sign up for the free trial at ufc.tv (which oddly still requires a credit card), you are sent to a landing page which features the several sections that make up the bulk of the digital service. There are sections for “This Month on Fight Pass”, 2013 Event Replays (the entire PPV cards up to UFC167 at this point), UFC Classics (recently added featuring UFC 1 and upward), and shows such as TUF Brazil, interviews, and more.
Upon initial inspection, it’s a UFC/MMA fan’s dream come true. At the click of a mouse, you can access a large library of fights and catch up on some fights you may have missed. Want to take a look at the humble beginnings of UFC and the sheer dominance of Royce Gracie from the “Dark Days” (as UFC calls it), you can watch the event in its entirety. Did you miss UFC 165 or just didn’t want to shell out the $50.00? Well, catch up now because it’s right there for the taking.
The complaints are minor at this time. The interface is somewhat cumbersome as finding your particular fight or event may be hard to do. I was dismayed at the fact that despite UFC’s announcement that “over 500 Strikeforce fights” would be available, there was no way to find any of them.
Yet, there is an extensive amount of footage you CAN find and easily waste time as you watch some of UFC’s history. Is it worth the $9.99 price tag starting March 1? That is truly a subjective question. It depends on just how much you value seeing classic fights, recent fights, and the international cards. If you’re a UFC/MMA fanatic that has to see everything while having the ability to watch past events and exclusive content, it really is a no brainer. At any rate, I would suggest you sign up for the free trial (which you can cancel at any time) just to see exactly what the service offers.