MONTREAL - The UFC has struck a French-language TV deal with TQS to air UFC events and programming in Quebec.
''UFC is huge in Canada, we have incredible fighters from there, and now fans in Quebec can experience UFC for free on TQS,'' UFC president Dana White said in a statement Monday.
The deal calls for more than 52 hours of mixed martial arts coverage, including four live televised events, as well as episodes of ''UFC Wired'' and ''UFC Unleashed.'' ''Wired'' will be hosted by Rej Laplanche and Montreal middleweight Patrick Cote.
The first UFC event on TQS will be the April 1 UFC show from Nashville, Tenn., shown same day tape-delay at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The UFC also has TV deals with Spike-TV in the U.S. and Rogers Sportsnet in Canada.