In March, the UFC extended their five-year deal with ESPN to a total of seven years, indicating that the start of the UFC x ESPN relationship has been more successful than either company may have anticipated. With that announcement, Dana White also declared that ESPN+ will be the new, exclusive home of all UFC pay-per-view events in the United States and that the promotion would be moving on from traditional distribution methods for consumers immediately.
The transition was incredibly fast and was completed in time for UFC 236 on April 13. The event, headlined by Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier, was the first-ever UFC pay-per-view that would be exclusively available to consumers via the ESPN+ streaming service. Fans now require an ESPN+ subscription if they wish to order and watch any UFC pay-per-view event going forward.
What does that mean for you as a consumer? Let’s break it down now.
Don’t have an ESPN+ subscription?
If you don’t have an existing ESPN+ subscription you must purchase pay-per-view events via the ESPN+ PPV page on desktop or mobile.
ESPN+ is running a limited-time promotion that enables you to order UFC 237 and also receive a one-year subscription to ESPN+ for a heavily discounted total price of $79.99.
A standard one-year subscription to ESPN+ costs $49.99 and UFC 237 is available for $59.99 for existing subscribers. The bundle represents a potential saving of $29.99.
Already subscribed to ESPN+?
If you have an existing ESPN+ subscription, you’re now able to purchase and watch upcoming UFC pay-per-view events for the standard cost of $59.99.
You can also purchase UFC 237 via your desktop computer or ESPN app by clicking on the UFC 237 event in the ESPN+ tab.
Upcoming UFC on ESPN+ Schedule
- UFC 237 PPV: Rose Namajunas vs. Namajunas Andrade – 5/11
- UFC Fight Night Rochester: Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee – 5/18
- UFC Fight Night Stockholm: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith – 6/1
- UFC 238 PPV: Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes – 6/8
- Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (starts June 18)
- Professional Fighters League (starts May 9)
Where to watch UFC PPV events
UFC pay-per-view events purchased through ESPN+ can now be streamed via the web or the ESPN app on connected devices.
ESPN+ is available on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, all major mobile and connected TV devices as well as Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox One and more.
Jake is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief, based in Tasmania, Australia.