If you’re wondering how to watch UFC fights (R) we have you covered. The best way to watch UFC fights without broadcasting restrictions is with ESPN and ESPN+. MMA fans can watch top fighters like Conor McGregor, Kamru Usman, Francis Ngannou, Israel Adesanya, Stipe Miocic, and more.
The UFC has two main types of events: UFC pay-per-view (PPV) and UFC Fight Night. For many years these broadcast rights belonged to 21st Century Fox; however, in 2019 the UFC struck a 5 year, $1.5B deal with ESPN to broadcast UFC events. ESPN will retain rights until 2025.
UFC cord-cutters can order pay-per-view (PPV) events and fight nights through the streaming platform ESPN+. Prelims are aired on ESPN which can be accessed through several different streaming platforms. Title fights are typically aired on the PPV package. UFC fans can also get UFC Fight Pass to stream fight nights and old fights.
What’s the UFC 2021 Schedule?
2021 is shaping up to have some monster UFC pay-per-views and UFC Fight Night. Here is a list of upcoming UFC events for sports fans:
How Can I Watch The UFC Fight?
UFC events cant be streamed three different ways: ESPN, ESPN+, and UFC Fight Pass.
The best ways to watch UFC are the following services. Please note that PPVs are only available through ESPN+.
- AT&T TV — ESPN, ESPN2
- ESPN+ — UFC and PPV events
- Hulu + Live TV — ESPN, ESPN2
- Sling TV — ESPN, ESPN2
- UFC Fight Pass — Early Prelims from PPV cards, 200+ live events from Invicta, PRIDE, FC, GLORY Kickboxing.
- YouTube TV — ESPN, ESPN2
UFC on ESPN+
ESPN+ is a subscription streaming platform that offers sports content from MLB, NFL, NCAA, MLS, UFC, Top Rank Boxing, and more. This service is the home of UFC pay-per-views (PPV) and UFC Fight Nights. Users get access to past UFC fights.
The streaming service is one of the least expensive available costing $6.99/month or $69.99/annual. You can also bundle it with Hulu and Disney Plus for $13.99/month. Learn more about this special bundle.
New subscribers can bundle and save over 25% by purchasing the UFC PPV ($64.99 value) and ESPN+ annual plan for $84.98.
ESPN+ can be accessed and viewed on several different streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, smartphones, smart TVs, internet browsers, and more. This means you can stream UFC fights at home or on the go.
Existing subscribers can buy the latest UFC PPVs by going to this page and selecting “Buy Now”. You can upgrade your monthly plan to the annual plan and receive the 25% savings by choosing “upgrade and buy” if you’re logged in.
Please visit our ESPN+ guide to learn more about the service or visit the ESPN+ site.
UFC Fight Pass
UFC Fight Pass is a subscription-based video streaming service owned by the mixed martial arts promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship that offers a great content experience.
Fight Pass users have access to the Early Prelims from the biggest UFC Pay-Per-View cards along with over 200+ live events from promotions such as Invicta FC, GLORY Kickboxing, QUINTET (Team Submission Grappling), Eddie Bravo Invitational, Polaris, and many more.
The UFC Fight Pass library contains every fight in the history of the UFC, as well as the entire video libraries of over 30 other MMA/boxing/kickboxing/Muay Thai/Jiu Jitsu promotions including PRIDE FC, WEC, Strikeforce, and Invicta FC. There are also thousands of hours of archived historical MMA programs and tv shows to stream including previous seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, and exclusive newly-created shows.
UFC Fight Pass is a month-to-month subscription, but discounted rates are available for 6 and 12-month subscriptions. You can purchase UFC Fight Pass through your ESPN+ subscription. MMA fans will love this service.
Other Ways to Watch UFC
Another way to watch UFC fights is by signing up for streaming services that offer ESPN. UFC regularly airs preliminary fights for free to ESPN subscribers. The top cord-cutting services that offer ESPN are Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, and AT&T TV.
Sling TV won’t get you PPVs but it does carry ESPN which will give you access to UFC prelims. This is great for UFC fans looking to watch the early action.
Sling TV offers the Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans. Both streaming plans cost $35/month or you can get Orange + Blue for $50/month. The Sling Orange plan includes ESPN which is where you find UFC prelims.
Please visit our Sling TV guide to learn more about the service or visit the Sling TV site.
Hulu with Live TV
Subscribers can watch UFC prelims on ESPN. Hulu only offers one live streaming package which costs $64.99/month. In addition to sports, Hulu + Live TV contains over 60 channels. Other popular channels offered by this service are FS1, FS1, TNT, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, FX/FXX, and more.
Please visit our Hulu With Live TV guide to learn more about the service or visit the Hulu With Live TV site.