Two MMA Contests Headed to UKTV’s Dave Channel


UKTV has inked a two-part deal with mixed martial arts promoter BAMMA for two live contests that will air on its entertainment channel Dave.

Under the agreement, Live: BAMMA World Title Fight, which is set to take place at BAMMA 30 at Dublin’s 3Arena on July 7 at 9 p.m., will broadcast on Dave. BAMMA 30 will be headlined by the Bantamweight World Title Fight between Northern Ireland’s Alan “The Apprentice” Philpott and England’s Shay Walsh. The second contest lined up for Dave will be at the SSE Arena, Wembley on September 15. The live action will be hosted by MMA presenter Andy Shepherd alongside former WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye and ex-UFC fighter Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan.

Dave’s general manager, Steve North, said, “After the success of our first live MMA World Title fight in Birmingham, which proved very popular with 16 to 34s, it’s excellent news for our viewers that we’re able to extend our partnership with BAMMA. We’re able to dedicate significant airtime to the two events, which is brilliant news for fans.”

David Green, BAMMA’s CEO, added, “It was fantastic to hold our first MMA event in partnership with Dave at BAMMA 29 in Birmingham. Great fights, an electric atmosphere and a superb TV platform for BAMMA fans to enjoy the show. We are now excited to look ahead to huge events at the 3Arena in Dublin and the SSE Arena, Wembley. I have no doubt that these iconic venues will deliver some of the most memorable MMA events of the year.”