UFC.TV is not an app for people curious about UFC. It is an app for serious UFC fans. In the same way you wouldn’t download MLB At-Bat and expect it to explain the intricacies of baseball, UFC.TV won’t break down the basics of a great fight. But if you’re already a fan of mixed martial arts and UFC in particular, UFC.TV is as essential as any official sports league app can be.
The main focus of UFC.TV is also where it appears at its weakest. While UFC.TV touts itself as a broadcast medium for UFC pay-per-view fights, it’s hard to fathom someone using the app to pay $45 to watch hours of MMA on their iPhone. The app description suggests using AirPlay to broadcast the fight to your TV but what are the odds you’re a big UFC fan without a means to order a pay-per-view fight on your TV without the app? It seems strange to not even offer the fight at a discount given the size of the screen you’d be watching it on.
Aside from that hurdle, UFC.TV is a perfect companion for UFC fandom. Users can follow along with the fights as they occur, and the app has plenty of pre-fight information and stats to keep the detail-oriented fan engaged. There’s a button to join the social media conversation about the fight, and users can even score the fights in real time alongside the judges.
Users who feel like binging on classic fights can purchase a 6-month subscription to the app’s video library for $54.99, which seems expensive until you realize it’s only $10 more than it costs to watch a single UFC fight live.
UFC.TV also has a host of other solid features not directly related to the fights, including a series of fighter bios, a latest news section and a TV schedule. All of this information could easily become overwhelming but UFC.TV is organized carefully, and with the help of a very functional side menu bar, the app is extremely user friendly.
Fans of the UFC should find pretty much anything they’d want out of a UFC app within UFC.TV. Save for some more competitive pricing on the live events, this app is a UFC fan’s dream.