No Fuel TV on your cable or satellite provider? No problem – this week, anyway.
Fuel TV, part of the Fox Sports family, runs a free preview week starting today through Feb. 19. The free preview, coinciding with the UFC’s first live card broadcast on the channel Wednesday, will feature more than 100 hours of UFC content.
“As a salute to UFC fans, Fuel TV will telecast an unprecedented amount of UFC programming – more than 100 hours worth – this week,” Fuel TV executive vice president and general manager George Greenberg said in a release. “If you’re a UFC fan, this is a must-see week highlighted by an amazing must-watch live fight on Wednesday night. Fans should check with their local television provider to see if the special preview is available so they can take advantage of Fuel TV’s Fight Week upgrade opportunity.”
Many UFC fans have been left in the dark without Fuel TV as part of their television providers’ packages, most notably Comcast subscribers. But Fuel has noticed an uptick in viewers thanks to some providers adding the channel following complaints from customers without it.
On Wednesday, the UFC holds its first Fuel card with UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger, featuring a main event welterweight fight between Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger, plus a heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Dave Herman. The main card airs live at 7 p.m. Eastern for a three-hour broadcast and will be preceded by a one-hour pre-fight show and capped with a one-hour post-fight show.
Fuel TV’s 2012 schedule will include more than 2,000 hours of UFC content, including live fights, weigh-in specials, live prelims and original content.