If it seems like ages ago since ESPN announced that it had won the rights to broadcast UFC, that’s because it is. It was way back in May 2018 when the organisations revealed a five-year deal worth around $1.5 billion for ESPN to show Ultimate Fighting Championship events.
Taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York tonight, Fight Night is being main evented by what looks like a cracker. Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw are duking it out for the former’s championship belt. While former footballer Greg Hardy makes his debut further down the card against fellow heavyweight Allen Crowder.
It’s looking like ESPN’s UFC tenure is getting off to a flyer, and all the action can be watched on its online ESPN+ subscription service, too. So keep reading to see your viewing options, whether or not you’re in the US this weekend.
How to watch UFC online in the US for FREE
It’s a new dawn for MMA fans in the US, with ESPN+ snagging the coverage that’s not even available with a UFC fight pass. The broadcasting giant’s online subscription platform only launched in 2018, but has already made waves by hosting big-ticket tennis, soccer and boxing events.
It costs $4.99 per month – so not huge sums, and less than streaming services like Netflix (and a lot less than cable). That lets you watch online, but also via its mobile app and TV streamer apps on the likes of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PS4 and Xbox.
But the best news is that you can grab a seven-day FREE trial. So if you haven’t used ESPN+ before, you can sign up for that and get a taster of its UFC Fight Night events without paying a thing.
Live stream UFC from anywhere in the world
Worry not if you’re a huge UFC fan but aren’t in the US to watch that ESPN+ coverage this weekend. If you’ve got your subscription (or free trial) sorted but then find the coverage is geo-blocked, you can try using a VPN to change your IP address to a US server and watch as if you were back at home.
Virtual Private Networks are also handy if you’re concerned about streaming safely on the web, thanks to the encryption they use to hide your details. And the best won’t log your personal information, either. We’ve tested hundreds of VPNs and can recommend these as the best VPN options currently available:
1. Express VPN (comes with a 30 day money back guarantee) Simply put, this is our pick as the #1 VPN in the world right now. You can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets etc. Check out Express VPN and get 3 months free on an annual plan.
2. IPVanish supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go
3. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great, affordable choice for streaming
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