Christian O’Connell joins BT Sport’s UFC presenting team


BT Sport has announced that Christian O’Connell will join the presenting team for its coverage of the UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The well-known Absolute Radio DJ, presenter of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Fighting Talk and stand-up comedian, will link up with respected sports journalist Gareth A Davies and Caroline Pearce as part of BT Sport’s Tuesday night magazine show ‘UFC: Beyond The Octagon’.

O’Connell’s debut show will be on February 4 and will be broadcast at 9.00pm on BT Sport 2, where he will join Davies and Pearce in the BT Sport studio to discuss the week’s action and round up the latest UFC news from around the world.

“I’m a massive UFC fan and moving from my couch where I currently mumble to myself during fights, to a studio makes perfect sense,” said O’Connell.

“UFC, like BT Sport is growing bigger every day and it’s an exciting time to be part of that.”

BT Sport has exclusive rights to the UFC, one of the world’s fastest growing sports, including more than 30 live events per year.

This features all the UFC’s numbered pay-per-view events which are are broadcast for free to UK subscribers as part of the BT Sport package.

Grant Best, senior executive channel producer, BT Sport, said: “We’re delighted to have Christian join the UFC team; he’s a great addition to BT Sport’s fantastic line up of presenters.

“UFC is proving to be extremely popular with BT Sport viewers and fans can expect even more debate and discussion with Christian joining the team.”

BT Sport offers unprecedented coverage of UFC in the UK with a full schedule of programmes, live shows and features planned throughout the year.

All the main cards from live UFC events shown on US television are broadcast live and in full on BT Sport, with multiple repeats usually scheduled over the following days.

In addition to the main card bouts, BT Sport also shows the US-televised preliminary cards from the UFC’s big events.

In the US, the prelim bouts are an appetiser to encourage fans to buy the main card on pay per view, but in the UK, with BT Sport, viewers get the prelims and the main card bouts for free.

Nobody does pre-fight preview shows quite like the UFC, and BT Sport shows all the big event preview features on BT Sport.

Whether it is the regular Countdown to UFC shows, the Fox-produced Road To The Octagon features or the big-budget UFC Primetime series that accompany the UFC’s biggest fights.

BT Sport’s in-house ‘UFC: Beyond The Octagon’ programmes goes behind the scenes with the UFC’s top fighters and personalities as the channel bring fans closer to the world’s best fighters than ever before.

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