Media streaming services seem to be at their peak - with a diverse offer available right now, as well as new platforms being released often. With that said, it's no wonder that streaming sports events online isn't as troublesome as it used to be. You really do have plenty of options today, especially when it comes to watching UFC fights online without cable.
So, among the best streaming services in 2021, what are the best platforms for streaming sports? Well, the answer to that question depends on your needs, as well as what type of sports you enjoy watching. In terms of UFC fights, your best bet right now is ESPN+. However, that's not the only option you have, especially if you want an affordable package that caters to your entire family.
So, let's waste no more time. It's time to start talking about how to watch UFC fights online without cable in 2021. We'll also make sure to provide plenty of additional information, tips, and tricks that every UFC fan is going to love. Here's all you need to know.
The next major UFC event is just around the corner - as we're sure you already know! And yes, we're talking about UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor, happening on January 23rd, 2021. If you only want to focus on watching this event live, check our dedicated guide to streaming UFC 257: McGregor vs. Poirier (2).
Upcoming UFC Events - Schedule for 2021!
Last year, UFC's schedule was constantly changing, as we've all experienced numerous issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, numerous fights have taken place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, also known as 'Fight Island,' since the traveling restrictions were not as harsh as in the United States.
With that said, it doesn't come as a surprise that upcoming UFC events will also take place in Abu Dhabi. You can learn more about those events just below. And if you'd like to check out the official information, head over to UFC's official website.
UFC Schedule for 2021
|January 16, 2021.||UFC Fight Night||Holloway vs. Kattar|
|January 20, 2021.||UFC Fight Night||Chiesa vs. Magny|
|January 24, 2021.||UFC 257||Poirier vs. McGregor|
|February 14, 2021.||UFC 258||(to be determined)|
How Can I Live Stream UFC 257 Fights?
Over the years, UFC fights have been broadcasted by several channels, but nowadays, it all goes to ESPN in the United States. More specifically, the main cards are all available via ESPN+.
Thankfully, you can get a special deal by picking an ESPN+ subscription and then adding up PPV UFC events whenever they're up, or simply enjoying the Fight Nights. ESPN+ overall offers subscribers some really cool features, including exclusive events such as UFC fights, football, soccer, and more, as well as articles, videos, and similar.
There are two subscription options for ESPN+ - one where you pay every month, and one where you pay for the full year and save a few bucks.
You can enjoy ESPN+ content through the regular ESPN app, which is already available for Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, Xbox, Oculus Go, Samsung smart TVs, and more.
Here's how to set up an ESPN+ account and start watching UFC events:
- You will have to start by visiting ESPN+ and finding the "Sign Up Now" button.
- Once you do this, you'll get redirected to another page where you have to fill in your personal details, such as your name, email address, and to pick a password.
- Next, you will have to decide if you're going to pay for ESPN every month or shell out for the full year. You'll also have to provide your credit card details or sign in using your PayPal account.
- If there's a UFC PPV event coming up, you'll be able to make the purchase as a bundle and save even more money. If you already have an ESPN+ account when the fights are up, you can add them up to your account and pay for each event individually.
ESPN+ is also part of a bundle that includes Disney+ and Hulu, which you'll get for $12.99 per month. That way, you can make sure that your entire family is covered and has access to pretty much any type of movies, TV shows, and sports-related content.
What Should I Know About UFC 257? - Schedule, Fight Card & How to Live-Stream the Event!
We're certain that many of you are interested in live-streaming UFC 257, which has already created a lot of hype. So, in this segment, we'll talk about the upcoming McGregor vs. Poirier fight, as well as provide additional details about the upcoming event.
How to Watch UFC 257 Online, Without Cable?
Without any doubt, the best way to watch UFC 257 online is via ESPN Plus. As you probably know, this is a PPV event, which means that you first need an ESPN+ subscription. If you already subscribe to this platform, you can pay $69.99 for the fight alone.
However, ESPN+ offers another option as well. You can get both ESPN+ and UFC 257 for $89.98 - which gives you access to the platform for a full year. We think this is an amazing deal for any sports fan, as ESPN+ already has plenty of amazing content, with new types of content being released regularly.
If you're looking for additional information about the upcoming UFC 257 event, make sure to visit our dedicated guide to watching UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor.
UFC 257 Info - Date, Location & Start Time
Below, you'll find a table containing the essential information about UFC 257's date, location, and start time - so take a quick look.
UFC 257 - Quick Info
|Date||Saturday - January 23rd, 2021.|
|Location||Flash Forum - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.|
|Start Time||10 p.m. ET (main card).|
UFC 257 Fight Card
Finally, we have one more important bit of information. We now know more about UFC 257's fight card - which includes prelims and the main card. So, let's start with prelims.
- Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (Middleweight)
- Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar (Lightweight)
- Shane Burgos vs. Hakeem Dawodu (Featherweight)
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Andre Muniz (Middleweight)
And, here's what UFC 257 fights are all about. Below, you'll find the event's main fight card, which certainly promises a lot of excitement.
- Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier (Lightweight)
- Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler (Lightweight)
- Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood (Women's Flyweight)
- Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio (Light Heavyweight)
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas (Women's Strawweight)
What Are the Other Ways to Watch UFC Online (Without Cable) in 2021?
As you surely know, ESPN+ is all about sports - and it presents the best way to watch UFC fights without cable in 2021. However, you have other options as well, especially if you need a more comprehensive streaming service for your entire family.
- Sling TV - UFC PPV prelims can also be watched via Sling TV because the platform features ESPN channels. These channels are available in the 'Orange' and 'Orange + Blue' bundles. 'Orange' subscribers can watch content on one device at a time, while 'Orange + Blue' subscribers can enjoy four simultaneous streams. There are also a ton of channel packs and premium networks to add. You can start your Sling TV subscription by saving money for the first month. There's no option to add PPV events.
- fuboTV is another platform that can help you watch ESPN channels. You'll find them in the main bundle, which you can get as is, or as part of a plan that includes extra channel packs and premium networks. There are also add-ons you can get to expand the number of simultaneous streams or the capacity of the DVR feature. Start your free trial on fuboTV now! You can't watch the PPV event here, but you can enjoy the prelims.
- Hulu - Another platform that features regular ESPN channels is Hulu, which will help you watch UFC PPV prelims. You'll find both ESPN and ESPN 2 in the main bundle. A lot more channels can be added by picking any of the extra packs and premium networks. Start your 7-day free trial on Hulu now! There's also no way to add PPV events here, but you can watch the prelims.
- UFC Fight Pass - Another way you'll be able to enjoy a ton of UFC content is by subscribing directly to UFC Fight Pass. This one will cost $9.99 per month or $95.99 for the full year. This will get you access to prelims for all PPV events, other live martial arts events from all over the world, plus loads of original series and shows. PPV events are going to cost you extra, just like with the ESPN+ account. To learn more, turn to our UFC Fight Pass review.
Can I Watch UFC Events in Other Countries (Outside the United States)?
If you live in almost any other country than the United States, there are still ways to watch UFC events. In fact, the UFC Fight Pass is available everywhere in the world, except for Brazil.
You can subscribe to the service from anywhere and buy any PPV event you want. The price will vary depending on your local currency, but the subscription generally costs about $9.99 per month or $95.99 for the whole year.
It's also good to know that PPV events have varying prices, depending on the country you're in, so you may want to check that as well.
With that said, we conclude our guide on how to watch UFC fights online without cable in 2021. If you have any questions, make sure to post your comment below. Thanks for reading!