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Adding to the seemingly endless list of subscriptions options facing consumers at the moment (think Netflix, Spotify, YouTube Premium, etc.), mixed martial arts fans in 2019 now need to consider a multitude of subscription streaming services that have only come about in recent years.
For the first time in the history of the sport, fans of the combat sport now need to switch over to digital streaming if they want to watch the vast majority of live mixed martial arts events. ESPN+ is now the exclusive distributor of UFC Fight Night events, UFC PPV events, and Professional Fighters League.
DAZN hosts Bellator MMA events. UFC Fight Pass is the home of many promotions including Invicta FC, Cage Warriors, CFFC, Titan FC, and much more.
Want to watch RIZIN? You’ll need to stream the event via FITE.tv. If you’re a fan of ONE Championship, you’ll need a B/R Live subscription to watch the events.
So, how does one navigate the remarkably complex world of MMA streams? In this article, we’ll provide information to help you understand the costs and benefits of every MMA streaming solution available to consumers in the United States today.
The UFC joined forces with ESPN and moved on from their partnership with FOX at the beginning of 2019. Starting with UFC on ESPN+ 1, the main card of the event was available exclusively on ESPN+.
In March, the UFC announced that they would be extending their deal with ESPN and with it came the surprising news that the promotion would be moving all PPV events to the ESPN+ service, as well.
ESPN+ is best for fans of the UFC who don’t want to miss any of the action. If you want to watch the biggest and best mixed martial arts bouts and athletes in 2019, you’re going to need an ESPN+ subscription to do so.
- UFC Fight Night events
- UFC PPV events (+ $49.99)
- Professional Fighters League (PFL)
- Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series
- Classic UFC fight replays
How much does ESPN+ cost?
ESPN+ costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually. Sign up here.
What other sports and leagues can fans watch on ESPN+?
- Top Rank Boxing
- College sports
- Soccer (inc. MLS)
- Golf (inc. PGA Championship and The Masters)
- Rugby Union
DAZN is another digital streaming service that is quickly gaining attention in the United States. Starting in Europe and only recently moving into the United States and Canadian markets, DAZN now airs Bellator MMA, Combate Americas, and ROAD FC for subscribers in the US.
Arguably the greatest selling point for DAZN right now is the quality of boxing events that are being streamed on the service. Subscribers can now watch the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Anthony Joshua, and many other notable fighters.
DAZN is best for sports fans who also enjoy watching boxing and mixed martial arts. Hardcore MMA fans will consider DAZN a must-have in addition to their ESPN+ subscription considering the significance of major Bellator events, as well.
- Bellator MMA
- Combate Americas
- ROAD FC
How much does DAZN cost?
$19.99 per month or $99.99 annually.
What other sports and leagues can fans watch on DAZN?
- Premier League
- La Liga
- Formula One
UFC Fight Pass
UFC Fight Pass was once a must-have streaming service for any serious fan of mixed martial arts. The streaming service has the largest online collection of UFC fight replays and allowed streaming of live UFC events for fans in the United States, as well.
The UFC’s partnership with ESPN+ has seen UFC Fight Pass suffer as a result.
UFC Fight Pass is best for fans of MMA who enjoy watching replays of completed events from any point in time (think early UFC, Pride, and more), as well as those who enjoy watching many martial arts competitions including MMA, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and more.
- UFC fight replays
- Cage Warriors
- Invicta FC
- Cage Fury Fighting Championships
- Alaska Fighting Championship
- Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting
- Island Fights
- Titan FC
- Karate Combat
- Muay Thai
How much does UFC Fight Pass cost?
$9.99 per month or $7.99 per month for 12 months ($95.88)
More streaming services and information will be added to this article over time.
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.