UFC Fight Pass has undergone a complete remodeling in recent years. The platform used to be for the UFC’s prelims and be a fight library for past events and fights. Now the platform serves the regional scene as a common viewing place, connecting promotions to a worldwide audience.
Some promotions have thrived and taken full advantage of the platform. Here is a list of the top promotions putting out quality production and fight cards.
SUG – Submission Undergroud
SUG is not a MMA promotion, but is worth mentioning as a promotion to watch on UFC Fight Pass. Chael Sonnen breaks down the action as high-level grapplers compete in a unique format. The matches are quick, with an overtime format that forces a result most of the time. There are also tag team submission matches that are quite interesting.
The promotion really capitalized during the COVID pandemic and gained popularity by providing a competitive grappling format for grapplers to stay active. Fans craved more and tournaments were brought in to spice things up from time to time. It’s also worth mentioning that they know how to build their champions, and the hype around them.
Do not miss SUG Sundays. There are some really quality cards and matchups in the works for the coming months.
LUX – LUX Fight League
LUX is based out of Mexico, and has a good quality production overall. The promotion has two broadcasts, one in English and one in Spanish. The in-ring announcer is even more impressive, introducing the fighters in both English and Spanish seamlessly.
Mainly featuring talent from Latin America, the promotion has a different crop of fighters to showcase. LUX does not put on as many events as some other regional promotions, but the events are packed with incredible fights that leave you at the edge of your seat. Right now, LUX is the best kept secret on UFC Fight Pass, and there is no close second.
LFA – Legacy Fighting Alliance
The Legacy Fighitng Alliance has great camera angles, timing, and picture clarity. The crew has little-to-no awkward moments switching from live action to highlights, which is also a credit to the commentary crew. The team is made of a rotation of experienced fighters with the skills to breakdown the action in a way that is understandable. Overall, the LFA also does a great job of having interviews so the fighter’s can tell their history and give background to help build their fanbase.
As a true development league for UFC, LFA has proven to have a deep talent pool that is truly worldwide. They put on a number of events on the regional scene and have been a consistent force in MMA. Mike Kendall is one of the better announcers in all of MMA, rounding out the LFA as one of the best promotions on UFC Fight Pass.
CFFC – Cage Fury Fighting Championship
CFFC is a quality fight promotion with good camera angles and a clear picture. With a decent commentary team in John Morgan and C.M. Punk; CFFC is consistent, entertaining, and knowledgeable with a broad and loyal fanbase. There is a decent flow to highlights and replays, but what sticks out most is the high quality video production.
Cage Fury Fighting Championship has shown they have a talent pool that has proven to be high-level and put on entertaining fights. They are a reliable talent pipeline for UFC level fighters too, continuously having their champions move on to the big leagues. You also can’t go without mentioning Dr. David Sarnoff, who handles the mic, being a stable and consistent voice for the promotion. CFFC is definitely one of the best promotions on UFC Fight Pass and treats their fighters very well, landing them at #2 on our list.
CW – Cage Warriors
Cage Warriors is another promotion with quality camera angles and little-to-no awkward moments when showing highlights. The commentary team is knowledgeable and can breakdown the action. There is no filler time between fights, cards move quickly and it’s a noticeably smooth operation. The production has high quality fights with a deep talent pool, as well as a different crop of talent from Europe. While also being based in Europe, the fights are usually not on during primetime, and do not interfere with other promotions so they get all the attention.
CW does a good job with introduction interviews before fights to give fans a history from the fighter, and makes it easy to relate and become a fan of the fighter. Each interview is specific to the upcoming fight as well, building hype right up until the fight starts. They have also been doing The Trilogy, which fans have grown to love. You also have Hywel Chaplin, who does a killer job keeping the action moving and entertaining as the ring announcer. Cage Warriors is truly one of the best promotions on UFC Fight Pass and will continue to be a force in the regional talent scene.