UFC pay-per-view (PPV) events have a new home as of 2019: ESPN+, the new Over-The-Top (OTT) internet streaming service provided by ESPN. If you’re wondering how to watch UFC PPV events on ESPN+, you’ve come to the right place.
In this guide, we’ll discuss everything that you need to know, so that you can always catch the latest fights on ESPN+, and never miss any of the MMA action.
How to Watch UFC PPV on ESPN+ for Subscribers
If you’re already a subscriber to the ESPN+ streaming service, you’re already halfway to watching UFC 240 and future UFC PPV events on ESPN+. To subscribe, you can just click this link.
Currently, UFC 240 costs $59.99, and we expect future UFC fights to cost about the same for ESPN+ subscribers. This is not too bad, considering that UFC TV PPV fights were usually $64.99 or more.
If you’re an MMA fan, you’re probably used to shelling out this kind of cash for PPV fights, but it’s definitely a bit disappointing that ESPN+ isn’t offering any kind of special deal for subscribers.
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How to Watch UFC PPV on ESPN+ for Non-Subscribers
If you’re a non-subscriber and haven’t signed up for ESPN+ yet, you can get a special deal when you sign up for UFC PPV. You’ll get UFC 240 and a full year of ESPN+ for just $79.99.
Normally, ESPN+ costs $4.99/month, and UFC 240 costs $59.99, so this is a 25% savings compared to their combined cost of $109.98. Once your annual subscription runs out, though, you’ll be billed at the annual rate of $49.99 per year.
This bundle deal is definitely the best way to save money and watch UFC PPV events on ESPN, which is why it’s a bit confusing that there’s no similar deal for current ESPN+ subscribers.
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The ESPN+ UFC PPV Event Calendar
As mentioned, ESPN+ is now the exclusive home of UFC PPV fights. Upcoming fights that will be broadcast pay-per-view on ESPN+ include:
- Sat, July 27 – UFC 240: Holloway Vs. Edgar
- Sat, Aug 17 – UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2
- Sat, Sept 7 – UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier
You’ll also be able to catch a few other bouts on ESPN+ without PPV in the next few months, like UFC FIght Night: Shevchenko Vs. Carmouche on Sat, Aug 20, and UFC Fight Night: Andrad Vs. Zhang on Sat, August 31.
We’ll update this page periodically with information about future UFC PPV events you can watch on ESPN+, as well as other UFC MMA events. But for a full, updated schedule of all ESPN MMA fights, you can take a look at this event calendar on the ESPN website.
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Will UFC Undercard Fights be on ESPN+?
Some UFC undercard fights and prelims will be on ESPN+, but not all of them. Prelims for UFC 240, Holloway vs. Edgar, for example, will be broadcast on ESPN2.
This is a bit frustrating, as it means you not only need to subscribe to ESPN+, but you also need cable or an internet TV service like PlayStation Vue, Sling TV or Hulu With Live TV to catch all of the action.
Do I Get any Other UFC Content with ESPN+?
Yes. ESPN+ is home to quite a few UFC Fight Nights that are free of charge, as well as Dana White’s Contender series. The show is also home to Ariel & The Bad Guy, an MMA talk show hosted by Ariel Hawlani and Chael Sonnen, which is a must-watch for those who want the inside scoop on what’s going on in the world of combat sports.
You can also get access to a wide variety of on-demand UFC content on ESPN+, including past fights from UFC stars like Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva, Max Holloway, Michael Bisping, and Brock Lesnar, just to name a few.
Overall, there is plenty of on-demand content for UFC fans to enjoy with ESPN+, and given that you’ll also be getting several free and on-demand UFC Fight Nights per month, it’s definitely worth keeping your subscription all-year-round.
What Devices Can I Use to Watch UFC PPV on ESPN+?
If you want to watch UFC PPV on ESPN+ but you’re worried that your favorite devices aren’t supported, fear not. ESPN+ has extremely broad device support, and works on just about every device you could imagine.
Currently supported devices include Android and Android TV, iOS devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Tablet, Chromecast, Roku players and TVs, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gaming consoles, select Samsung smart TVs, and even the Oculus Go.
Are There Other Sports on ESPN+?
Yes. If you’re not just interested on watching UFC and PPV events on ESPN+, you’ll find that there is a huge list of other sports and events that will be available on this streaming service.
Some notable boxers like Tyson Fury and Vasyl Lomachenko have deals with ESPN+, and you’ll also be able to watch out-of-market MLB games, as well as soccer games from leagues like the MLS, Serie A, FA Cup and English Football Championship.
Other notable sports coverage includes some coverage of important international cricket and rugby matches, Grand Slam tennis events, and NCAA college sports including lacrosse, rowing, volleyball, baseball, basketball and more.
Are There any Alternatives to ESPN+ for UFC PPV?
Unfortunately, no. There is no other way to watch UFC PPV than with ESPN+. However, that doesn’t mean that combat sports fans are completely out of luck – because there’s DAZN.
DAZN, which costs $19.99/month or $99.99/year, has no PPV content. Instead, it has deals with combat sports promoters like Bellator MMA, Golden Boy Productions, Matchroom Boxing, Combate Americas, and World Boxing Super Series.
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In total, you’ll get about 100 fight nights per year with DAZN from fighters like Canelo Alvarez, Rory Macdonald, Daniel Jacobs, GGG and more, all without having to pay PPV fees.
So, while you may not be able to watch UFC PPV events like UFC 240 with DAZN, it’s a good option if you love combat sports, and would like to get more MMA and boxing content.
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