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How to Watch UFC 266 Online: Volkanovski vs. Ortega Live Stream, Fight Card, Start Time

By Sachin Sharma / September 22, 2021

After what feels like forever, the UFC is finally back with its next live pay-per-view event set to take place this weekend, and Dana White & co. have assembled a stacked card that MMA fans can look forward to. So be sure to set all your alarms and reminders because UFC 266 is almost upon us and is not one you will want to miss.

The UFC 266 main event will be Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega, who will go into what should be a very exciting and stellar match-up. This battle will take place between two of the best and most relentless strikers in the sport. And there is absolutely no doubt in our minds that the two featherweights will put on a show at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday night.

But that is not the only fight we are excited to watch. We will go into more detail about the UFC 266 card a little later on, but before that, let us give you all the information you need on where and how to watch UFC 266 live online from anywhere.

When and Where to Watch UFC 266?

As with every event in the sport, UFC 266 will get underway with the Early Prelims, followed by the Prelims bouts. The main card fights are expected to kick off at around 10 PM ET, and the Main Event between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega will occur sometime around midnight, depending on how long the other fights go.

How to Watch UFC 266 in the US Without Cable?

If you live in the United States and would like to watch this weekend's UFC 266 event live, we have all the information you need. You can live stream the UFC 266 event on ESPN+ thanks to a partnership between the two giant companies.

With UFC 266 being a pay-per-view event, you will need to pay a one-time fee to watch it - but you will also need a subscription to ESPN+ in addition to that. There are some complicated cost structures that have been introduced by ESPN for UFC, but we will try to explain them and make it easier for you.

If you are a new ESPN+ Subscriber: UFC fans who currently do not have an ESPN+ subscription can buy their first and only UFC pay-per-view event live in HD for $89.99. The best thing about this plan is that you will also get an annual subscription to ESPN+ along with it. This deal means you will, in effect, only be paying an extra $30 for the UFC 266 pay-per-view event as an annual ESPN+ subscription costs $59.99 by itself.

If you are an existing ESPN+ Subscriber: However, the above offer will not work for you if you are already an existing ESPN+ subscriber. There are a couple of options for you to choose from. The first is to switch from your monthly ESPN+ subscription to a yearly one with the same deal as we have mentioned before. Or you can purchase the UFC 266 PPV event for a one-time fee of $69.99.

We recommend you get a deal with the ESPN+ subscription, as it has several benefits. An ESPN+ subscription is a must-have for all sports fans as it offers a ton of great live sporting events on this streaming service. Other events that ESPN+ has rights to include the German Bundesliga, NHL, boxing fights, tennis and golf events, etc. You can read our review of ESPN+ here.

Do keep in mind that getting an ESPN+ subscription only allows you to watch the UFC 266 main card. If you are a hardcore UFC and MMA fan who does not want to miss any of the fights, you will need ESPN, ESPN+, and ESPN Deportes to watch the Prelims, while UFC Fight Pass and ESPN will broadcast the Early Prelim bouts.

If you do not have an ESPN subscription, you can easily watch the Prelims and the Early Prelims live on one of the streaming services listed below.

One of the most used streaming services globally is fuboTV, which will allow you to watch all of your favorite sporting events live for a fee starting at just $64.99 a month. It also includes a ton of other channels that you can customize.

Another great service is Sling TV, which has ESPN as part of two of its available bundles. Depending on the bundle you choose, it will cost you between $35/mo or $50/mo to get a Sling TV subscription. There are also several other alternatives that you can choose from, such as Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.

Where to Watch UFC 266 in the Other Countries?

UFC is one of the most popular sports in the world, and millions of people tune in to watch every event. UFC 266's stacked card means that this highly anticipated will get large viewing numbers.

Here we have all the information you need on how to watch UFC 266 live from select countries across the world.

UFC 266 Fight Card

UFC 266 has an absolutely loaded card filled with some very important fights that could change the landscape of this sport. This event will play a key role in deciding a number of storylines moving forward. And with the explosive fights in store for us, all eyes will be on the Octagon in Las Vegas this weekend.

Headlining the event will be featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, who defends his title for the second time ever, as he takes on Brian Ortega. The champion is 9-0 inside the Octagon and has shown some incredible skill, relentlessness, talent, and confidence switching from rugby. He dethroned Max Holloway and now finds himself at the top of the chain. This intriguing fight could go either way, as both combatants are capable of producing incredible moments inside the Octagon - this fight has all the ingredients to be a classic.

The co-main event will have the women’s flyweight title is on the line as Valentina Shevchenko faces off against Lauren Murphy. The champion is on a stunning run and has five consecutive successful title defenses to her name. The challenger is also on a five-fight winning streak and has climbed up the rankings very quickly. This could be another very exciting contest that could answer some big questions in the division.

Veteran fighters Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz will also compete against each other at UFC 266, more than 17 years after their first meeting, at UFC 47. There is no love lost between the two fighters, and this is somewhat of a dream match for many fans. Even as they reach the twilights of their careers, they are still capable of putting on a hard-fought contest and stealing the show.

Heavyweights Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Curtis Blaydes will also be in action this weekend as they look to boost their standing in the division. The winner of this contest could certainly find himself in the title hunt, and so there is a lot at stake in this one.

Kicking things off in the main card will be Jessica Andrade and Cynthia Calvillo. The former will want to return to winning ways after her unsuccessful title challenge against flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. Both fighters will want to get back in the title contention, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

In addition to these main card fights, there are also some scintillating bouts in store in both the Early Prelims and the Prelims, which are not to be missed. Below we have the full card for UFC 266.

Main Card
Category Fighters
Featherweight title Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Brian Ortega
Women’s Flyweight title Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Lauren Murphy
Welterweight Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler
Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Women’s Flyweight Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Prelims and Early Prelims
Category Fighters
Bantamweight Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dvalishvili
Lightweight Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Heavyweight Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukaus
Women’s Flyweight Manon Fiorot vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Middleweight Karl Roberson vs. Nick Maximov
Welterweight Matthew Semelsberger vs. Martin Sano Jr


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