MMA is a multi-million-dollar industry, bringing in millions of viewers from across the globe. At present, FOX has the primary contract to broadcast UFC Fight Night events in the United States, while ESPN has the rights in the Caribbean and BT Sports has rights everywhere else. For most people, this usually means snapping up an (often pricey) cable subscription. However, there are several cord-cutting methods that will allow you to watch UFC Fight Night events online, without cable at a relatively low cost.
Below, we explore a few different methods you can use to watch upcoming UFC Fight Night events online, without cable. You may also want to consider using these options on top of ditching your regular internet/cable combination package and finding a cheaper internet-only plan. After all, what’s better than both saving money and catching all of the great fights?
How to Watch UFC Fight Night Events Without Cable
At present, there are a good number of ways to watch the UFC Fight Night events without ever touching a cable subscription. However, the way the UFC contract with FOX Sports works, you may need to secure different subscription packages if you want to watch every Fight Night event that gets broadcast.
All of the options below can be watched through various online streaming methods, such as Android and Apple devices, or through your web browser.
The “granddaddy” of on-demand “OTT” (over-the-top) streaming services, Sling TV offers up just what UFC Fight Night fans want and need. For just $25 a month, you can get Sling Blue, which expands on the cheaper Sling Orange plan by adding in a lot more channels.
Under Sling Blue you also get FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, and FXX. With all of those included, you’ll have most of the fights covered, outside of those offered only through UFC Fight Pass.
Considering the low cost for Sling TV, if you combine the Sling Orange plan with a yearly UFC Fight Pass subscription, you can get almost every match for less than $40 a month. That’s a hard deal to beat.
Sling TV is available on any device you have, so you’ll be able to watch through your web browser, your mobile device, or any streaming box, such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV. Sling offers a 7-day trial period before asking you to commit.
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Those looking to get all possible FOX networks for UFC Fights in one package will certainly want to turn an eye over to fuboTV. For $45/month, you’ll get the base-tier fubo package, which gives you access to FXX, Fox Sports 1, and Fox Sports 2. You can add more channels with the $50/month fubo Extra subscription, and you can try fuboTV for 7 days without having to commit to the subscription service.
fuboTV is only available in the U.S. and can be streamed through almost any device you might have. That includes Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, any Android device, any Apple device, Roku, and more.
This service comes in at a higher price than the more well-known Sling TV. However, fuboTV is much more sports-centric. You’ll have far fewer regular entertainment channels through here, and far more international sports channels as a replacement. That being the case, fuboTV the perfect subscription TV streaming service for sports-loving cord-cutters looking to ditch the pricey cable package.
UFC Fight Pass is the UFC’s in-house live broadcasting service. UFC Fight Pass is delivered only via online streaming and gives you access to hundreds of live UFC fights as well as on-demand replays for past fights.
Unlike the other options on this list, UFC Fight Pass is a standalone subscription streaming service. You can stream UFC Fight Pass through almost any device, however, including your computer’s web browser.
UFC claims on their Fight Pass website that you can get “unrestricted access to International UFC Fight Nights and early preliminary bouts known as Exclusive UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims.” However, this should be prefaced to say that your unrestricted access is only to bouts that are occurring on UFC Fight Pass at that time. At other times, some of those prelims may be broadcast solely on other networks, so you’ll need to purchase additional options if you want to catch all of the UFC Fight Night events.
You can purchase a UFC Fight Pass subscription for $9.99 a month, $8.99 a month with a 6-month commitment, or $7.99 a month with a yearly subscription.
FOX Sports is the FOX Network’s sports arm. FOX Sports offers up UFC content through two different channels: FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. Most UFC games that land on FOX Sports will be on FOX Sports 1, including most preliminary and main card events that FOX broadcasts. Occasionally, some preliminary fights will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2.
FOX Sports is a fairly traditional cable channel, and is also easy to find on many alternative live TV subscription options, such as Sling TV and fuboTV. Once you purchase a subscription service that offers FOX Sports, you’ll also get access to the Fox Sports Go app, which will allow you to watch your Fox Sports…on the go.
Considering FOX has a major contract with the UFC, you’ll be able to catch a large number of UFC Fight Night events through this option.
*Australian sports fan can purchase a FOX Sports digital subscription for $4.99 a month. However, this only offers sports replays, and may not offer a large amount of UFC content.
DirecTV Now is a reasonable choice for watching UFC Fight Night. You get four channel package options:
- Live A Little – 65+ channels, $40/month
- Just Right – 85+ channels, $55/month
- Go Big – 105+ channels, $65/month
- Gotta Have It – 125+ channels, $75/month
With the lowest-priced Live A Little package, you’ll get FS1 and FX, as well as FXX, so that will cover most fights. However, you’ll need to fork over $65/month for the Go Big package if you want FS2, so this is a pricer option.
DirecTV Now has pretty good device support, but a very limited DVR, and you can only stream on 2 devices at once, so it’s not the best choice on this list.
Nevertheless, should you decide DirecTV Now, you can try the service for 7 days free before fully committing.
Hulu recently threw its hat in the OTT ring with its Hulu Live TV service. Hulu Live TV is technically still in “Beta,” so you may experience some issues while attempting to run live TV through the service. However, Hulu has a fairly good track record for offering quality streaming content.
With Hulu Live TV, you’ll be able to get access to all of the events that are streaming through FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, and FXX. Hulu Live TV offers up a load of channels, including the FOX Sports channels you’ll need to watch UFC Fight Night, for $39.99 a month. This places Hulu Live TV in a similar position as PlayStation Vue (below), which also costs that much for just about the same channel offering.
Beneficially, Hulu Live TV will work on many different devices, although where you can watch is far more limited right now than the more well-established services. You can watch Hulu Live on Apple and Android devices, as well as Xbox One, Apple TV (4th generation), Amazon Fire TV and TV Stick, and Chromecast. You can also stream on Roku, as well as the Nintendo Switch gaming console.
Despite the name, PlayStation Vue is available for anyone, even those who don’t have a PlayStation. There are four plans on offer here:
- Access – 45 channels, $45/month
- Core – 60 channels, $50/month
- Elite – 84 channels, $60/month
- Ultra – All Elite channels plus HBO/Showtime, $80/month
For $45/month a month, users can purchase Sony’s “Access” plan (the cheapest plan for PlayStation Vue), which comes with, among other things, both Fox Sports channels and FXX, where most UFC Fight Night events are broadcast.
PlayStation Vue can be used on almost as many devices as Sling TV and fuboTV as well. Should you choose to purchase PlayStation Vue, you’ll find that you can stream your service through your PlayStation, or on any Android or Apple device, as well as through popular streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
PlayStation Vue offers their service without contracts as well, so you’ll have a good amount of flexibility if you feel you don’t like the service. You can try PlayStation Vue for free using their 5-day free trial period.
YouTube TV is another option for watching UFC Fight Night. While it was only available in a few cities when it launched, it’s now available in most large cities and suburbs — though not in some rural areas.
For $40/month, you’ll get FS1 and FS2, as well as FXX, and a total of about 50-70 other channels. YouTube TV has great features, such as a 3-device simultaneous streaming policy, and a 9-month unlimited DVR, so it’s definitely a good option to consider.
DAZN – Get Bellator MMA, Boxing and More
If you’re a big MMA fan, a boxing fan, or just a combat sports enthusiast in general, and you can’t get enough from just the UFC, you may be interested in DAZN.
DAZN (pronounced, “da zone” if you’re curious) is a streaming service based in the UK, and it just recently launched in America. Outside of America, it mostly offers coverage of sports like American Football. But in America, DAZN has chosen to focus almost exclusively on combat sports. It launched very recently, in early September of 2018.
The service has agreements with Bellator to broadcast MMA events, with some events that are completely exclusive to the service – and won’t be simulcast on Paramount Network, the typical broadcast network for Bellator. In addition, other fighting promotion companies like Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Boxing have agreed to partner with DAZN to stream their matches.
DAZN costs $9.99 per month. For your money, you’ll get unlimited access to every PPV event and match broadcast by the network, as well as a small variety of on-demand content. You can give it a shot with a free 30-day trial now.
If you want to learn more about the service before signing up, we’d recommend you check out our full DAZN review for 2018.
Don’t want to read our full review? There’s some good stuff in there, so we’d recommend it – but here’s a short summary: DAZN is a pretty niche service, but if you love MMA and boxing, it’s well-worth the price of a subscription. You’ll get exclusive events pretty much every weekend, for a very affordable price.
It’s a great option, both as a stand-alone service, or to augment any one of these streaming options that offer UFC Fight Night.
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How UFC Fight Night Broadcasting Works
Preliminary and title fights for UFC Fight Night events are never broadcast on the same channels each week. Instead, there’s a bit of a rotation for main card and undercard fights between six different locations:
- FOX Sports 1
- FOX Sports 2
- UFC Fight Pass
UK, Ireland, and elsewhere:
- BT Sport
The best way to figure out where you should be turning to catch the main card fights (for US residents, anyway) is through the official UFC Schedule. UFC events are organized somewhat well in advance, so you’ll have ample time to figure out where you need to turn to watch the game. However, the rotational method does mean that you will need access to all of the methods if you want to catch every event.
The official calendar does not do a good job of explaining where to watch undercards. For that, you can turn to a site like MMA Fighting, which does keep a calendar of the undercard and main card events, as well as where those events will be broadcasting.