UFC Fight Pass will be delivering live and on-demand MMA events in VR via Meta’s Horizon Worlds – an immersive social experience app.
Available for fans on the Meta Quest 2 headset, the streaming service for combat sports’ first live MMA event to be featured in Meta Horizon Worlds will be LFA 144 – held today in South Dakota.
The main event will feature a bantamweight world title fight between who the firm has described as two of the division’s ‘most exciting prospects’, as Muin ‘Tajik’ Gafurov takes on Brazil’s Diego ‘Magrinho’ Silva.
“We are excited to offer an unprecedented level of engagement for Fight Pass subscribers and MMA fans around the world by producing a live MMA event in virtual reality,” commented Crowley Sullivan, Vice President and General Manager, UFC Fight Pass.
“With Meta providing the VR platform and YBVR lending their production expertise, we’re confident this will be a great experience for fight fans.”
Described as an ‘immersive environment’ the service allows consumers to see and speak with other fans in real time whilst experiencing VR views of all the action in the LFA Octagon, such as strikes, takedowns and grappling.
Furthermore, the entire main card of LFA 144 will also be streamed live as a traditional broadcast on the platform, which now promises to offer similar VR experiences around select combat sports events in the future.