How to Live Stream UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor 2
The only way to watch UFC 257 featuring Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor live is through ESPN+.
The main fight card is at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23. UFC 257 is happening at Flash Forum — Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Many cord cutters already know to sign up for these fights, but here’s a quick primer on how it works. (So skip crackstreams and support MMA by paying for the fight.)
Even if you’re a streaming guru, you’ll want to set up ESPN+ well in advance of the early prelims at 7 p.m.
Once you sign up online, you can activate your ESPN+ account through the ESPN app on Roku and Roku TV, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Google Chromecast and Oculus Go.
You will see your live sports within the menu, including UFC 257. After that, you can kick back and wait for Poirier to square off with McGregor at 10 p.m.
3 Options for Watching UFC 257
You need to have an ESPN+ subscription even if you only want to buy UFC 257. An ESPN+ subscription costs $5.99 per month.
If you don’t have an ESPN+ subscription yet, there are a few different options to consider, especially if you want to save a few bucks.
Option 1: Buy UFC 257 PPV for $69.99 and you’ll automatically be signed up for a month-to-month ESPN+ subscription.
Option 2: You can bundle an annual ESPN+ subscription with UFC 257. The annual ESPN+ subscription saves you 15 percent compared to the regular monthly rate.
Option 3: If you already subscribe monthly to Hulu and/or Disney+, you might want to consider getting UFC 257 with the Disney+ bundle. The Disney+ bundle includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month. That saves you about 25 percent on all your household streaming compared to paying for them separately. You can easily bundle the fight, and consolidate your subscriptions all at once.
UFC Fight Night and Originals
Now that ESPN+ has the exclusive rights to UFC pay-per-view events, there’s a pretty robust lineup of other MMA shows and events.
- On-demand library of past UFC matches
- UFC Fight Nights
- Dana White’s Contender Series
- Detail from the Mind of Daniel Cormier
- UFC Destined
Is ESPN+ on Comcast or Verizon Fios?
You won’t find ESPN+ in your channel lineup with DIRECTV or a cable TV service such as Comcast, Spectrum or Verizon Fios.
ESPN+ is a standalone streaming service. Other live sports include college basketball, MLB, NHL, top rank boxing, tennis and FA Cup.
A subscription to ESPN+ costs only $5.99 per month, and it basically gives your ESPN app a dramatic upgrade.
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