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Here’s how you can watch or live stream UFC fights online without cable

The ubiquity of high-speed internet has made it easier than ever for people to totally “cut the cord” — that is, to ditch traditional cable or satellite television services in favor of online streaming — but due to unique broadcasting restrictions, sports fans have had to wait a while longer to enjoy on-demand content. In contrast, movies and TV shows are readily available on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and modern 4K TVs even come loaded with Wi-Fi connectivity and streaming capabilities built right in, making things even simpler. But only recently have services like ESPN+, Fubo, Sling, and Hulu been able to do the same thing for live-action sports.

This is good news for fight fans, as UFC’s increasingly close relationship with ESPN now makes it extremely easy to stream UFC. The world’s biggest mixed martial arts fighting league has joined with ESPN to bring you all of your favorite UFC content in 2020, both online and on TV. Fox previously held the broadcasting rights to UFC through 2018, but starting in 2019, the contract went to ESPN. This means that for the foreseeable future, all Ultimate Fighting Championship content, including Pay-Per-View events, will air exclusively on the sports network.

If you already have ESPN with a cable subscription, then you can enjoy all the hard-hitting MMA action right on your TV. For the cord-cutters out there, however, ESPN rolled out its own online streaming service called ESPN+ in the spring of 2018. We’ll keep you up to date with all the latest results, scheduled fights, top fighters, and more from the UFC in 2020, and you can also learn more about the latest events, content, and news about ESPN+ right here.

UFC 238: Ferguson v Cerrone
Tony Ferguson punches Donald Cerrone in their lightweight bout during the UFC 238 event at the United Center on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

ESPN+

If you already have a streaming package you like and all you want is ESPN+ by itself for streaming UFC fights and pay-per-view events online (although it also offers a mountain of other sports content beyond MMA), then you can simply sign up for it and you’re good to go. It’s a great value at just $5 per month or $50 per year. You can also use ESPN+ with Amazon Fire, iOS, Android, and Chromecast devices, as well as your computer’s web browser.

Other streaming platforms

On the other hand, if you’re only now cutting the cord and are looking for a streaming TV package that comes bundled with ESPN channels — particularly the ones where you’ll be able to watch UFC – then you’ve got a few options. All of these premium streaming services work on Android, iOS, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku devices, as well as modern computer web browsers unless otherwise noted:

  • Hulu includes ESPN as part of its $55-per-month Live TV plan. You can also add premium channels like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz, for an extra fee. Hulu can be used on your Xbox console, Samsung smart TV, and Vizio SmartCast TV as well as the devices listed above.
  • Sling TV has two packages which include ESPN channels: The $30 per month Orange plan and the $45 per month Blue + Orange plan. Premium channels cost extra, although HBO and Cinemax are not available with Sling. Sling is now available on Roku devices and it can be used with LG and Samsung smart TVs as well as the Xbox One.
  • YouTube TV, available for $50 per month with additional premium channel subscriptions on offer, comes with ESPN, although it also lacks HBO and Cinemax. You get unlimited DVR cloud storage, however. YouTube TV cannot be streamed on Fire devices (although that’s coming later this year), but it is available on the Xbox One.
  • AT&T Now, formerly DirecTV Now, has the widest selection of packages and premium channels but it’s also more expensive on average than most other services. The “Plus” plan rings in at $55 per month while the “Max” plan comes to $80 per month. Both tiers include ESPN and the Max plan also comes with HBO Max, which is a nice bonus you won’t have to pay for as an add-on. DirecTV Now works on all of the standard streaming devices as well as Samsung smart TVs.

When UFC Fights are happening in 2020?

An overhead view of the octagon during the UFC 246 event at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

In general, the UFC seasons start in January and finish up in the fall. The schedule is constantly shifting, however, so your best bet is to check the UFC event schedule fairly regularly to see when things are happening. Below is a quick overview of fights in the queue right now:

Date Time Event Fighters
May 30 9 p.m. ET UFC Fight Night Woodley vs. Burns
June 6 10 p.m. ET UFC 250 Nunes vs. Spencer
June 13 TBA UFC Fight Night Fili vs. Jourdain
June 20 TBA UFC Fight Night Modafferi vs. Murphy

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