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BBC Three has signed a deal with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) to show mixed martial arts.

The first fight to be shown will be this Saturday's UFC Fight Night Silva vs Bisping at the O2 Arena in London. BBC Three will show the match live, with commentary and post-fight video.

You can watch via BBC Three's live page, social media accounts and the new Daily Drop platform.

Mixed martial arts (also known as MMA) has grown massively in recent years. This Saturday's fight sees two of the sport's biggest names lock heads: Brazilian Anderson Silva and the UK's Michael Bisping.

As part of the deal, BBC Three will show UFC fights within EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), and possibly international events too.

BBC Three will also produce short films and content on MMA athletes like Conor McGregor, Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey.

"BBC Three has a history of covering emerging sports that appeal to young audiences in new ways, and our coverage of UFC will be no different," said Damian Kavanagh, controller of BBC Three.

James Elliot, UFC EMEA general manager and vice president, added: "We are thrilled to be recognised as a valuable asset for BBC Three. We look forward to an exciting year working together to bring great content to their audiences."

BBC Three recently stopped operating as a broadcast channel and moved online. As this deal shows, it can still expand its roster of shows.

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