The first of these to premiere will be “Ultimate 30: All-Time UFC Roster”. Hosted by lead play-by-play commentator Jon Anik, the show will commemorate the 30 greatest fighters in the promotion’s history across three, weekly released episodes.
“In this three-episode series, host Jon Anik welcomes a star-studded panel of guests to honour the 30 greatest UFC fighters in the 30-year history of the promotion, as voted on by a blue-ribbon panel of UFC Hall-of-Famers, executives and media members”.
The show will be released on Monday, October 23rd, with the following two episodes to drop every Monday through November 6th on Fight Pass.
“Where Are They Now” will be the second of this series to be released on FightPass. It will look at UFC stars of the past and update fans on where they are today.
“In this eight-episode series, viewers reconnect with notable UFC stars of the past – including MMA pioneers Mike Swick, Oleg Taktarov, Leonard Garcia, and others – to learn where they are today”.
Unlike the Ultimate 30 show, all eight episodes will be released on Tuesday, October 24th via FightPass for subscribers to binge. It appears to be a continuation of “UFC: Where Are They Now”, a six-season series currently available on the platform, consisting of 35 episodes following the same concept. The final of these seasons was released in 2017.
The third, final and arguably biggest of this lineup of new content is “Fighters of the Roundtable: UFC 1”. An unprecedented event, the roundtable will be attended by all living athletes who fought in UFC 1 all the way back in 1993 to discuss the historic night.
“UFC legends Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock, along with all living participants of UFC 1, sit down to reflect on the history-making inaugural UFC event.
Airing November 4th, the show will be uploaded to the UFC’s official YouTube channel, as opposed to FightPass. It will be the second instalment in the Fighters of the Roundtable series, which debuted last year and features Ultimate Fighter winners Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, Matt Serra and Julianna Peña.
A great deal is being made of the company’s 30th anniversary, with the occasion being given its own dedicated section on the official UFC website. On this page, fans can learn about the legacy and history of the UFC via articles and an interactive timeline of the company. Alongside these features is a 30th-anniversary collection, which includes merchandise such as a limited edition commemorative glove, a mouthpiece and various clothing articles.
Currently, the anniversary card is set to be UFC 295: Jones VS. Miocic on Saturday, November 12th.Embed from Getty Images
The title fight will see two respective greats clash as Jones looks to defend his newly earned heavyweight belt for the first time, with Miocic planning to come back and reclaim his title for the second time in his career. Co-managing the event are prolific knockout artists Alex Pereira and Jiří Procházka, who will fight for the currently vacant light-heavyweight belt.
Both the illustrious names attached to the card and the setting of Madison Square Garden mean that UFC 295 could prove to be the biggest event of the year and an exclamation point on the company’s 30th anniversary.