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What does UFC bring to ESPN? Former UFC exec and current GLORY CEO weighs in

Posted On: May 16, 2018   |   Posted By: MMAjunkie

As a former UFC executive vice president and current CEO of the GLORY kickboxing promotion, Marshall Zelaznik has seen the fight business from a few different angles. He also happens to have some unique insights on the UFC's new deal to stream live events on ESPN+ beginning in 2019.
At the UFC, Zelaznik helped develop the Fight Pass streaming service. With GLORY, he leads a promotion that has both a streaming deal with Fight Pass and a broadcast deal with ESPN.
Recently MMAjunkie spoke to Zelaznik to get his thoughts on the UFC's move to ESPN+, and what it could mean for Fight Pass streaming partners, as well as fight fans. (This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.)
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MMAjunkie: You were involved very early on with the UFC's streaming efforts through Fight Pass. Were you surprised at the news of the streaming deal with ESPN, or was this something you guys had your eye on back when you worked for the UFC?
Zelaznik: I expected there to be a deal with a digital streaming partner. I think...

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