A couple of weeks ago ESPN broadcasted the first boxing match to air in 3-D. It was a momentous occasion as it officially ushered in another step in the evolution of fight watching. With more and more fight cards being broadcast in crystal clear high definition, 3-D apparently is the next logical step. With more and more 3-D televisions finding their way into people’s homes it stands to reason that we will begin to see an influx of fight programing aimed at giving fans a 3-D fight experience.
Which is why the UFC was eager to test the boundaries of this new medium as evident by the announcement today that this Thursday’s UFC Live airing on Versus will be broadcast in 3-D. Stop and think about that for a minute, we are on the cusp of watching live mixed martial arts in 3-D. This is a huge step in the continued maturation of fight broadcasting.
“We’re really excited to start broadcasting UFC events in 3-D,” UFC President Dana White said in the UFC press release. “UFC is ahead of the curve when it comes to introducing new technology and we think UFC fans will really enjoy seeing fights in 3-D.”
Multiple 3D cameras will be placed strategically around the Octagon®, giving viewers access to some new camera angles not usually seen during previous UFC 2D telecasts. The 3D telecast will be made available live to those with 3D-capable television sets through dedicated 3D channels on affiliates across the country, including Comcast’s 24-hour, Next Generation Xfinity 3D channel.
This Thursday’s UFC Live will be headlined by a welterweight battle between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann. Todd Harris and Kenny Florian will call the action on the 3-D broadcast.