How to Live Stream UFC Fights With ESPN+ (2021)

Don't miss a bloody moment on Fight Night

The UFC debuted on the ESPN+ streaming service with a massive event that included a showdown between flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw to contest the flyweight belt. UFC on ESPN+ has a flurry of other fantastic events, and the only way to stream them is through the ESPN+ service.

Other fights, including prelims, are set to broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2 throughout the year. Stay tuned, and don't miss a second of the bloody action.

UFC on ESPN Fight Night Date and Time

The UFC has weekly events on Sundays all over the world. Check the UFC Event schedule to see what's next.

How to Live Stream UFC Fights on ESPN

All UFC on ESPN+ events are streamed on the ESPN+ service. You don't need cable to sign up for ESPN+, and having cable doesn't give you access to ESPN+. That means you need an ESPN+ account if you want to live stream UFC on ESPN+ fights.

UFC on ESPN and UFC on ESPN 2 events are broadcast on ESPN and ESPN 2, and these fights are available through a few different streaming methods depending on the specific event. Some are set to be PPV matches, but others are available through ESPN+ or the regular ESPN website and app.

UFC on ESPN can be found on these official sources:

  • ESPN+
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN.com
  • The ESPN app

In addition to these official sources, you can also stream some UFC events through cable replacement streaming services that include the relevant ESPN channel. For example, some UFC on ESPN and UFC on ESPN 2 events and prelims can be streamed on ESPN.com or a streaming service like Hulu With Live TV or Sling TV.

How to Catch Fight Night With an ESPN+ Free Trial

ESPN offers a free trial of the ESPN+ service, so it's possible to stream UFC on ESPN+ for free. The trial only lasts a week, but if you're only after one fight, you only need it for the night.

The monthly subscription for ESPN+ is fairly inexpensive, especially compared to the cost of a regular PPV UFC event, so it's worth keeping if you plan on watching more than one fight.

You need to enter your billing information when you sign up. If you don't cancel during the trial period, you are charged for the plan you chose during the sign-up process.

How to Live Stream UFC Fights on ESPN+

Some of the most exciting fights are on ESPN+, which is great news if you're sick of paying massive fees for PPV events.

It's a little more complicated than just watching the fight on ESPN, and having a cable subscription that includes ESPN or ESPN2 doesn't allow you to access ESPN+. Still, it's more affordable than PPV even with the extra ESPN+ subscription.

  1. Using your favorite web browser, navigate to ESPN.com.

  2. Move your mouse over the silhouette icon in the upper-right corner of the page and select Log In.

    ESPN.com sign in screen
  3. Enter the email address and password for your ESPN+ account, and select Log In.

    A screenshot of the ESPN+ sign in screen.

    You need to use your ESPN+ login information here. If you don't have an ESPN+ subscription, you'll have to sign up for one. Having a cable subscription with ESPN doesn't grant you access to ESPN+ streams.

  4. Select the UFC fight stream.

    A screenshot of WatchESPN.

    If the fight is currently happening, or about to happen, it should appear front and center. If you don't see it, look for it further down the page, or use the search function to search for UFC.

How to Live Stream UFC on ESPN and UFC on ESPN2 Fights Through EPSN.com

Some UFC matches, including prelims, are broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2 and streamed through ESPN.com and the ESPN app. This requires a cable subscription or a subscription to a qualifying streaming service (like Hulu). Having an ESPN+ subscription does not give you access to ESPN and ESPN2 streams on ESPN.com.

ESPN and ESPN2 broadcast and stream some UFC events that aren't on ESPN+, but that doesn't mean they're all free to stream. Some UFC streams on ESPN.com require you to make an additional pay per view (PPV) purchase.

Here's how to stream UFC bouts broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2:

  1. Navigate to ESPN.com/watch and select the live stream you want to watch.

    A screenshot of WatchESPN.

    If the fight isn't on yet, select the main live streaming option as indicated above. You'll be able to get set up for streaming, so you'll be ready when the event starts.

  2. Select your cable provider.

    A screenshot of the provider selection menu on WatchESPN.
  3. Enter your cable provider login information and select Sign In.

    A screenshot of the DirecTV login screen.
  4. Look in the upper-right corner of the ESPN website. If you see your cable provider, you're ready to stream ESPN and ESPN2.

    WatchESPN with the cable provider highlighted
  5. Return to ESPN.com/watch when the fight you want to stream is live.

Live Stream UFC on ESPN to Your Phone, Tablet, or Streaming Device

If you want to watch UFC events on your mobile device, set-top box, or game console, here are the apps you'll need:

Do Any Online Streaming Services Include UFC on ESPN?

If you're a cord cutter without a television subscription, you can watch some UFC events on ESPN through a cable replacement streaming service. These services are like cable packages in that they bundle many live television streams, including local and cable channels. They all offer free trials.

Here are the best streaming services to watch UFC events:

  • Sling TV: The Sling Orange plan and the Sling Orange + Blue plans include ESPN and ESPN2. The Sling Blue plan doesn't have any ESPN channels.
  • AT&T TV Now: Includes ESPN and ESPN2.
  • Hulu with Live TV: Includes both ESPN and ESPN2.
  • YouTube TV: Includes both ESPN and ESPN2.

Streaming services don't give you access to UFC fights streaming on ESPN+. The only way to stream UFC on ESPN+ is with an ESPN+ subscription.

Free Online Sports Websites to Stream UFC Events

If you've tried all the other options, but you're still coming up empty, check out some websites that aggregate links to unofficial UFC streams. These are often full of intrusive ads, and the video quality can be low, but it's still an option worth considering if nothing else works.

Here are some sites that usually include UFC streams:

  • Stream2Watch
  • FromHot
  • Bosscast
  • Cricfree

For more information about these websites, check out our full guide to streaming free sports online.

Websites that feature unofficial sports streams, or provide links to these streams, are ad-supported. These ads tend to be invasive and often misleading, so avoid clicking anything. Also, install a good ad blocker before visiting any of these websites. Even then, be aware that ads can be cleverly disguised as system messages indicating you need to update your browser, Flash, or other components. Clicking these ads may open your computer up to malware.

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