How to Live Stream UFC Fights With ESPN+

Don't miss a bloody moment on Fight Night

Cejudo lands a devastating kick on UFC on ESPN+ fight night.

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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. Throughout 2019, UFC on ESPN+ is set to bring you 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

Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM EST (Main Card), 5:00 PM EST (Prelims)
Official Stream: ESPN+ (Main Card); ESPN+ (Prelims)
Main Event: Thompson vs. Pettis

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 to get yourself 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 will be available through ESPN+ or even through the regular WatchESPN service.

To stream through WatchESPN, you need a cable subscription that includes ESPN.

UFC on ESPN can be found on these official sources:

  • ESPN+
  • ESPN2
  • WatchESPN

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 WatchESPN 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 actually possible to stream UFC on ESPN+ for free. The trial only lasts a week, but if you're only after one fight, you really 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 just one fight.

You do need to enter your billing information when you sign up. If you don't cancel during the trial period, they will charge you for the plan you chose during the sign up process.

How to Live Stream UFC Fights on ESPN+

Some of the most exciting fights this year are going to be 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+, but it's far more affordable than PPV even with the extra ESPN+ subscription.

Here's how to stream UFC on ESPN+:

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

    A screenshot of ESPN.com.
  2. Move your mouse over the silhouette icon in the upper right corner of the page, and select Log In.

    A screenshot of the ESPN.com sign in.
  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, you can look for it further down the page, or use the search function to search for UFC.

  5. That's it!

How to Live Stream UFC on ESPN and UFC on ESPN2 Fights Through WatchESPN

Some UFC matches, like prelims, are broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2 and can be streamed through WatchESPN. This requires a cable subscription, or a subscription to a qualifying streaming service. Having an ESPN+ subscription does not give you access to ESPN and ESPN2 streams on WatchESPN.

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 WatchESPN require you to make an additional pay per view (PPV) purchase.

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

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

  2. 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 all set up for streaming, so you'll be ready when the event starts.

  3. Select your cable provider.

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

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  5. Look in the upper right corner of the WatchESPN website. If you see your cable provider, you're ready to stream ESPN and ESPN2.

    A screenshot of WatchESPN.
  6. Return to the WatchESPN website 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 together a lot of live television streams, including both local and cable channels. They all offer some type of free trial.

Here are the best streaming services to watch UFC events:

  • PlayStation Vue: Several plans include ESPN and ESPN2.
  • Sling TV: The Sling Orange plan and the Sling Orange + Blue plans include ESPN and ESPN2. Don't sign up for the Sling Blue plan, because it doesn't have any ESPN channels.
  • DirecTV 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.

Using Ace Stream to Watch UFC Live Streams for Free

If none of the official sources work for you, then Ace Stream is the next best option to stream UFC events. Ace Stream is a media player that relies on other users to rebroadcast various sports, so the quality isn't always the best, and finding good streams isn't always easy.

To stream UFC events through Ace Stream, you need to download and install the player. If you don't have it yet, check our our guide to streaming sports online with Ace Stream.

Once you have Ace Stream installed and ready to go, you'll need to find a valid content ID for the UFC event you want to stream. The easiest way to do this is to visit the MMAStreams subreddit, where you'll typically find links to content IDs in addition to streams that don't require any additional software.

If you can't find a content ID there, the next best option is to use your favorite search engine. For instance, to find a stream for UFC 232, you would search for:

UFC 232 Ace Stream content ID

Ace Stream content IDs are free. Do not pay anyone for a content ID, and be careful when visiting sites that offer content IDs. Don't click on any suspicious links or ads, and consider installing a good ad blocker.

Free Online Sports Websites to Stream UFC Events

If you've tried all the other options, but you're still coming up empty, you may want to check out some websites that aggregate links to unofficial UFC streams. These are often full of intrusive ads, and the video quality can be quite 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. You should 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.

The Full UFC on ESPN 2019 Schedule

Here's the upcoming 2019 UFC on ESPN schedule:

Event Date Broadcast
UFC on ESPN 2: Barboza vs. Gaethje March 30, 2019 ESPN+, ESPN 2
UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier April 13, 2019 TBA
UFC Fight Night on ESPN+: Volkov vs. Overeem April 20, 2019 ESPN+
UFC on ESPN 3: Teixeira vs. Cutelaba April 27, 2019 ESPN 3
UFC Fight Night on ESPN+: Brunson vs. Theodorou May 4, 2019 ESPN+
UFC 237: Silva vs. Cannonier May 11, 2019 TBA
UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ May 18, 2019 ESPN+
UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ June 1, 2019 ESPN+
UFC 238 June 8, 2019 TBA
UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ June 22, 2019 ESPN+
UFC Fight Night on ESPN June 29 TBA

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