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.
How to watch UFC live streams
At the start of 2019, the UFC officially joined forced with ESPN and moved on from their partnership with FOX. Beginning with UFC on ESPN+ 1 on January 20, the ESPN+ digital streaming service had exclusive rights to the UFC main card.
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.
American fans of the UFC now require an ESPN+ subscription in order to watch the overwhelming majority of UFC content in 2019 and beyond.
Watch UFC on ESPN+
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 (+ $59.99)
- 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.
How much do UFC PPV events cost on ESPN+?
You can order UFC PPV events for $59.99 through ESPN+. Order here.
Are there any special deals, coupons, or offers for ESPN+?
The best UFC x ESPN+ deal out there today is the UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual Plan for $79.98.
By purchasing the next coming UFC PPV together with an ESPN+ annual subscription, you can save over 25% off the original value of $109.98. Order 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
How to watch Bellator live streams
If you want to watch Bellator events in 2019, you’re going to need DAZN.
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.
Watch Bellator on DAZN
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
How to watch ONE Championship live streams
ONE Championship is one of the fastest growing combat sports promotions in the world today.
In the past 12 months, they’ve added superstar talent to their roster such as Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Sage Northcutt and more.
To watch ONE Championship live streams in the United States, fans require B/R Live (Bleacher Report Live). For fans elsewhere around the world, ONE Championship events can be live streamed for free using the ONE Super App on your mobile device.
Watch ONE Championship on B/R Live
B/R Live users can stream ONE Championship events on the app for free.
Watch more combat sports on 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)
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.