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The rough-and-tumble world of UFC offers up some of live television's biggest thrills. But will you have to miss out on the UFC action if you don't have a cable or satellite package? Thankfully, the answer is no. We're here to guide you through the steps that you'll need to take in order to enjoy a UFC live stream in time for the next big matchup.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream UFC:
Finding UFC streams without cable is our mission here, but first let's tackle a broader question: Where can you find UFC fights in the first place, even if you have cable?
UFC used to have a deal with Fox that put fights on that company's networks, including FS1. That's no longer the case, though! These days, UFC has partnered up with ESPN.
So does that mean that all of the fights are on ESPN-owned channels like the flagship ESPN network and spin-off ESPN 2? Not exactly. Those channels will air UFC fights in 2020 and beyond, but not every fight is available on ESPN. Whether you're a cord cutter or a cable subscriber, you're going to find that most of UFC's biggest moments are available only as pay-per-view events.
Our mission, then, is to find a way to watch both pay-per-view events and ESPN networks without cable.
Alright, here we go: Let's talk about your options for watching UFC pay-per-view and network broadcasts online, no cable required.
For the ESPN networks part of the equation, we'll turn to some old friends: Live TV streaming services, or “skinny bundles,” which offer cable-like bundles of live channels packaged into a streaming subscription that you can watch virtually anywhere.
For the pay-per-view part of the deal, though, we'll have to focus on ESPN+. As we'll explain below, ESPN+ is the single most important service for UFC fans right now.
We'll also talk about the UFC's own streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
Are you ready? Here's the list!
Stream UFC with ESPN+
When it comes to watching UFC without cable, all roads lead to ESPN+. In fact, these days, it's harder to watch UFC with cable than it is to watch it without cable!
This is all because UFC has cut a huge streaming deal with ESPN+. As of this writing, the only way to get a UFC pay-per-view event in your home is to buy it through ESPN+. To do that, you'll need to already be an ESPN+ subscriber.
Happily, ESPN+ is quite cheap (it's just $4.99 per month) and sometimes offers bundled deals to folks who want to subscribe and stream UFC pay-per-view events. In addition to the UFC pay-per-view stuff, ESPN+ offers coverage of UFC and other sports, including news, commentary, and events. Note, however, that ESPN+ does not offer a live stream of the ESPN cable network — this is a new and different service from the long-tenured “Worldwide Leader in Sports.”
Stream UFC for free with Hulu
Some UFC fights will be available on ESPN's flagship network and not on ESPN+. For these events (which are not pay-per-view events), you'll need access to an ESPN live stream. And to get an ESPN live stream, you can turn to Hulu. Hulu's live TV arm, the aptly named Hulu + Live TV, is a strong skinny bundle option that offers a free trial.
Stream UFC with Sling TV
Sling TV is a live TV streaming service with a lot to offer. Among other things, it can serve up a live stream of ESPN, ESPN 2, and other ESPN networks. That makes Sling TV a solid choice for folks who want to catch the occasional UFC fight that pops up on ESPN or ESPN 2 instead of as an ESPN+/pay-per-view event.
You can use AT&T TV Now to watch the occasional UFC fight on ESPN or ESPN 2. When the events aren't on ESPN+, they'll air on ESPN's regular old channels — and you can get a live stream of those through AT&T TV Now.
Google's live TV streaming service, YouTube TV, is a great way to get your hands on a live stream of ESPN. That makes it a strong choice for sports fans, including UFC fans who want to catch the matches that aren't ESPN+/pay-per-view events.
Like other sports leagues, UFC has come up with its own direct-to-consumer live sports streaming solution. As with those other league streaming services, there are a lot of things to love about UFC Fight Pass and a few caveats to note. UFC Fight Pass comes with access to a ton of UFC content, including some live fights. But UFC Fight Pass generally won't help you get around paying up for the pay-per-view events, and some other events may be blacked out on UFC Fight Pass if they're airing on other channels (like ESPN) in your region. UFC Fight Pass has its limitations, but it's well worth the price for UFC super-fans.
UFC's big-time events deserve to be viewed on your biggest screen. Which begs the question: Can you watch UFC on your smart TV or TV-connected streaming platform of choice?
The answer is almost certainly yes. Let's break it down by device and by service.
If you're a Roku user, you can enjoy UFC on ESPN+, Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and UFC Fight Pass.
Prefer to use the Fire TV platform? No problem: You can choose between ESPN+, Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, and UFC Fight Pass.
Apple TV can run ESPN+, Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, and UFC Fight Pass.
If you use Google's Android TV platform, your options are ESPN+, Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and UFC Fight Pass.
ESPN+, Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, and UFC Fight Pass will work with Chromecast devices.
ESPN+, Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, and UFC Fight Pass also offer mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices.
You can watch ESPN+, Hulu, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, and UFC Fight Pass on your computer using their various in-browser apps.
Video game fans can watch UFC on their favorite consoles. ESPN+ and Hulu work on PlayStation 4. ESPN+, Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and UFC Fight Pass work on Xbox One.
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