ESPN Plus strikes $750-million deal with UFC for 15 fight cards a year

UFC announced a partnership Tuesday with ESPN Plus, the new subscription, direct-to-consumer streaming service, that will offer up to 15 “Fight Night” cards per year and bring the organization $750 million over five years.

Beverly Hills talent agency WME/IMG purchased the UFC in 2016 for $4 billion, hinging its price to the potential ability to maximize television investment.

This portion of a UFC television package, with fights to begin on ESPN Plus in January, will bring in $150 million annually. The UFC’s expiring deal with Fox that began…