- ESPN.co.uk’s Fantasy Fighter gives fans chance to win prizes throughout 2013
- Top fighters set to compete in the game against fans
As excitement builds towards UFC London this weekend, ESPN has launched an online fantasy game, ESPN Fantasy Fighter, to accompany its live televised coverage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Available at ESPN.co.uk/fantasyfighter, the game challenges players to test their UFC knowledge by assembling a team of the fighters they think will perform best in upcoming UFC events. Available free at ESPN.co.uk, the game offers prizes for the highest points scorers*. The format is similar to other fantasy contests, with fighters awarded points based on their performances in the Octagon. The game runs over four periods in 2013 and prizes are structured so that entrants can win based on their team’s performance during each period, and, during each UFC event. In addition, a grand prize will be awarded to the player with the highest points total after all four game segments are complete in December. Prizes include vouchers for UFC apparel, training gloves and UFC DVDs.
ESPN Fantasy Fighter 2013 – Game Periods
Period 1: February 16 – March 31
February 16: UFC London – Barao vs McDonald
February 23: UFC 157 – Rousey vs Carmouche
March 3: UFC on Fuel TV 8 – Silva vs Stann
Period 3: July 1 – August 31
**Future cards to be confirmed by UFC**
Period 2: April 1 – June 30
March 16: UFC 158 – St Pierre vs Diaz
April 6: UFC on Fuel TV 9 – Gustafsson vs Mousasi
April 20: UFC on Fox 7 – Henderson vs Melendez
April 27: UFC 159 – Jones vs Sonnen
Period 4: September 1 – December 31
**Future cards to be confirmed by UFC
ESPN Fantasy Fighter opens around UFC London, which is exclusively live on ESPN TV on Saturday 16th February from 8pm. The game enables players to set up private leagues to compete against their friends and family. Plus, some of the UK’s biggest UFC stars will be taking part in the game, giving fans the chance to test their Fantasy Fighter skills against the fighters themselves. Middleweight Michael Bisping, bantamweight Brad Pickett, light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa, lightweight Terry Etim, and welterweight John Hathaway will all enter teams in the ESPN Fantasy Fighter Top Contenders League.
The new game augments ESPN’s gaming offering: it currently offers fans the ESPNscrum Fantasy Rugby – 2013 International Game as Europe’s top rugby union sides compete in this season’s RBS Six Nations. ESPN Fantasy Fighter expands the offering from ESPN.co.uk which provides in-depth coverage of all sports, combining the best writing from ESPN’s portfolio of sports-specific sites, allied to dedicated content from an experienced London-based team.