In March, the UFC furthered their relationship with ESPN by deciding to stream all upcoming UFC PPV events exclusively on the ESPN+ digital streaming service. As cable cutting continues in the United States and around the world, the UFC and ESPN have decided to cash in early on the streaming phenomenon and allow fans of mixed martial arts to stream their favorite combat sports to their TV, desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone.
Fans can still go to their local bar and watch the fights and enjoy the atmosphere there if they wish, but if you’d rather sit back on the couch and watch the action unfold from your own living room, you’re now going to need an ESPN+ subscription.
The initial announcement – not long before UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier – left some fans bewildered. While the reduced pay-per-view price of $59.99 (compared to $64.99) was welcome, UFC fans who were unfamiliar with digital streaming would have preferred to simply buy the upcoming PPV the same way they have done it for many years before now. However, as the consumption of sports media and content continues to shift to the digital sphere, these fans are now required to learn the ropes of the online world if they wish to continue watching fights in 2019 and beyond.
In this article, we’ll run through all of the information that you need to know about streaming the UFC on ESPN+ in 2019. We’ll cover the price, what’s included, eligible devices, and much more.
Watching UFC Events on ESPN+
Fans with an active ESPN+ subscription gain access to all exclusive UFC Fight Night events as well as the ability to order and stream UFC PPV events. Subscribers can also watch original and exclusive content including Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, a selection of classic UFC fights and replays, and a whole world of other sports and ESPN programs.
How do I subscribe to ESPN+?
Fans are able to subscribe to ESPN+ via the official website on their desktop, tablet or mobile.
How much does ESPN+ cost?
ESPN+ costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually.
Fans can save on their annual ESPN+ subscription by purchasing an upcoming UFC PPV event (such as UFC 238) and one-year of ESPN+ for only $79.99.
How can I order a UFC PPV on ESPN+?
Fans in the United States who do not already have an ESPN+ subscription can order a UFC PPV by purchasing the next upcoming event (e.g. UFC 238) from the official ESPN+ website on desktop or mobile.
Fans who have an existing ESPN+ subscription are able to order an upcoming PPV via their computers or through the ESPN app on connected devices by clicking through to the upcoming event on the ESPN+ tab.
What devices can I watch ESPN+ on?
Sports and programs available via ESPN+ are able to be streamed via the web or on the ESPN app on connected devices. Streams can be accessed via the ESPN app on mobile and TV devices, including platforms such as Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox
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Can I watch ESPN+ on my computer?
Yes, fans can stream UFC on ESPN+ to their computer browser or any of the connected devices mentioned above.
Can you use ESPN+ on multiple devices?
Yes, users are able to watch up to three ESPN+ streams at any given time.
Can you watch UFC on Roku?
Yes, fans with an ESPN+ subscription can stream UFC events to their Roku players and Roku TVs.
How do I get ESPN+ on my TV?
Fans can watch ESPN+ on their TV by opening the ESPN app on their TV. The ESPN app can be installed via the channel store or device app. From here, simply login to an existing ESPN+ account to start streaming UFC on ESPN+ to your TV.
Upcoming ESPN+ Schedule
An ESPN+ subscription not only allows users to watch high-quality mixed martial arts action from the UFC, but it also includes many other major sports, leagues and competitions from the United States and around the world. Fans of mixed martial arts will benefit from access to Professional Fighters League as well as all upcoming Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series events.
An example of exciting events coming up on ESPN+ in the next couple of weeks include:
- Copa America final on 7/7
- Dana White Contender Series returns on 7/9 with additional episodes on 7/16, 7/23, 7/30
- U.S. Open Cup: Quarterfinal matches featuring Atlanta United, NYCFC, LAFC and Portland Timbers on 7/10
- PFL 4 on 7/11 and PFL 5 on 7/25
- UFC Fight Night Sacramento featuring Germaine de Randamie vs Aspen Ladd and Uriah Faber vs Ricky Simon on 7/13
- Top Rank: Teofimo Lopez vs Masayoshi Nakatani on 7/19
- International Champions Cup matches featuring Arsenal, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Manchester United and more from 7/20-8/10
- The Rugby Championship featuring New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina on 7/20, 7/27 and 8/10
- International Friendly matches featuring Chelsea on 7/31, Barcelona vs Napoli on 8/7 and Inter Milan on 8/17
- UFC 240 PPV featuring Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar and Cris Cyborg vs Felicia Spencer on 7/27
- FIBA Basketball World Cup beginning 8/31
Interested? Make the most of ESPN’s current promotion that allows new members to order UFC 239 and one-year of ESPN+ for only $79.99.
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.