How to Live Stream UFC Fight Night
If you want to live stream UFC Fight Night or a PPV event, your best option is ESPN+ for most bouts.
ESPN+ has the exclusive rights to pay-per-view UFC events and most UFC Fight Nights now.
A number of UFC Fight Nights only require an ESPN+ subscription. At $4.99 per month, signing up for a subscription is a no brainer for any MMA fan.
If you’re just about to buy a PPV fight without an ESPN+ subscription in hand, you’re better off buying a bundle so you can get a discount.
So you basically have two options:
Option 1: If you already subscribe to ESPN+ then you can buy a single PPV for $64.99.
Option 2: If you’re a pretty big UFC fan, the better option is to bundle an ESPN+ subscription for a year, and buy your PPV fight at a 25 percent discount for a total of $84.98.
Having an ESPN+ subscription gets you:
- UFC on-demand library
- UFC Fight Nights
- Dana White’s Contender Series
- Detail from the Mind of Daniel Cormier
- UFC Destined
When you buy another PPV later this year, you already have an ESPN+ membership.
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 that has exclusive deals for live sporting events, including UFC, NHL, top rank boxing, tennis and hundreds of college football and basketball games. A subscription to ESPN+ costs only $4.99 per month, and it basically gives your ESPN app a dramatic upgrade.
Pick any Saturday on the ESPN+ schedule, and you will see at least two to three UFC Fight Night match-ups. Some fight nights air live on ESPN or ESPN2.
For any MMA fan, signing up for ESPN+ is a no brainer. Signing up for a month of ESPN+ costs less than a movie rental. And you can also watch a deep original shows like UFC Destined, Ariel & the Bad Guy, and Detail: From the Mind of Daniel Cormier.
Hulu’s Live TV service gives you the best overall value for your money when you compare it to competitors.
Subscribers get a full suite of ESPN networks, FS1, FS2, news and entertainment networks such as A&E, FX and Nat Geo Wild. There are 65+ channels total.
You get 50 hours of Cloud DVR, the ability to activate almost 40 apps on your streaming device and unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library. That’s the same on-demand service that people pay $5.99 per month for. You will be able to watch ESPN or ESPN2 live using Hulu’s app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and gaming consoles like Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Look over what local channels and regional sports networks that Hulu carries in your area. If Hulu isn’t your thing, keep reading. There are other ways to live stream UFC Fight Night, including options to watch free for a week.
AT&T TV Now: Watch UFC Online Free
AT&T Now has ESPN networks in its basic Plus channel bundle. Subscribers get 45+ channels including HBO, ABC, NBC, ESPN and Showtime for $65 per month. You can record up to 20 hours of shows, movies and games with Cloud DVR.
AT&T TV Now offers a free 7-day trial.
Sling TV: Stream UFC Fight Night on ESPN
Sling TV is the cheapest option to get ESPN and ESPN2. The Orange plan costs $25 per month for 34+ channels, including AMC, HGTV and TBS. For another $5 per month, you can add 50 hours of Cloud DVR for recordings. Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial.
YouTube TV: Watch UFC Online
YouTube TV has ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 as part of a 75+ channel package for $49.99. The streaming service works on just about every major streaming device except Amazon Fire TV.
New customers can check out a free 7-day trial.
What’s on UFC Fight Pass?
UFC Fight Pass live streams a number of MMA fights from Invicta FC, GLORY Kickboxing, QUINTET (Team Submission Grappling), Eddie Bravo Invitational, Polaris, and others.
UFC Fight Night events that air on TV in the U.S. or sold as PPV become part of the UFC Fight Pass library roughly a month after the original air date. New customers can check out a free trial of UFC Fight Pass.
What’s the Best Way to Watch UFC Fight Night Online?
I’ve just thrown a bunch of information at you, so let’s recap the most important stuff.
You will need ESPN+ to live stream most UFC Fight Nights. Signing up for ESPN+ is super cheap at $4.99 per month, and you get a lot of shows and UFC-related programs that you won’t find anywhere else. Once you sign up, just head over to your ESPN app and sign in to your account.
If you want to watch UFC Fight Night on ESPN2 or a preliminary match on ESPN, then sign up for Hulu with Live TV. Subscribers get 65+ live TV channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3. There is 50 hours of Cloud DVR to record sports, movies or TV shows. And you get unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library. That’s the same library that people pay $5.99 per month for. Look over Hulu’s Live TV channel lineup for your area.
What about UFC PPV events?
Once ESPN+ is in the mix, you will be able to watch UFC Fight Night on a smart phone, a game console or a streaming device connected to your TV like a Roku or Amazon Fire TV. You can easily cancel online if you don’t like the service.
An ESPN+ account will come in handy too because you will need one to buy any UFC PPV online. If you do want to buy a pay-per-view event, there are two options.
For a PPV event, you can sign up for UFC PPV and ESPN+ bundle. That will allow you to watch the PPV and get you a year’s worth of ESPN+, which will come in handy if you want to buy other PPVs this year, or watch more exclusive UFC shows and matches.
Existing ESPN+ subscribers can purchase a UFC PPV for $64.99.
No matter which option you choose to watch UFC online, you’ll be able to live stream fights to your iPhone, Apple TV, Roku, Fire Stick, PlayStation 4, and anywhere else you have an ESPN app. So how are you watching UFC fights live? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.
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