As it turns out, there are a few ways easy and completely legal ways to watch UFC online. Here are your best options.
What UFC Channels Do I Need?
UFC fight coverage is pretty simple: It’s either on the ESPN family of networks, or exclusively in Pay-Per-View. You can check out the UFC schedule for details.
Pay-Per-View UFC events are now exclusively on ESPN+. You will not be able to get PPV fights through your cable provider or other sources any more. ESPN+ is its own service, not a channel – we’ll explain more about this below.
For international coverage, UFC Fight Pass is a good choice, covering some international UFC Fight Nights, exclusive preliminary fights, and more.
For cord cutters, here are the best options to stream UFC fights.
Watch UFC Fight Nights and PPVs on ESPN+
ESPN+ is the exclusive home for all the biggest UFC fights, plus tons of free Fight Nights
ESPN+ is a new standalone streaming service from ESPN itself. It’s available without cable, and costs just $4.99 a month. It provides subscribers with access to a wide variety of live and on-demand sports coverage, including tons of UFC Fight Nights. More importantly, ESPN+ is the ONLY place to get UFC Pay Per Views – you can’t even get them from cable providers any more!
If you’re a UFC fan, you’ll definitely want to make the investment into ESPN+. Click here to try a free 7 day trial!
Exclusive UFC Coverage
ESPN+ is a must-have for UFC fans. It recently became the ONLY place to get live UFC PPV events. Most events will cost around $59.99, and you must be a ESPN+ subscriber to purchase one. ESPN+ itself costs $4.99 a month, and covers tons of (free) UFC Fight Nights, plus original series, archival UFC footage, and much more.
- ESPN+ costs just $4.99 a month, with no contract
- You can cancel any time you want
- For that, you get live coverage of select UFC Fight Nights (see schedule here), archival “Best of the UFC” footage, UFC original shows, and much more
- You’ll also get live coverage of tons of other sports, from soccer to baseball and beyond
- You can also purchase UFC Pay-Per-Views on ESPN+
- Most PPVs will cost $59.99, and you have to be a ESPN+ subscriber to purchase them
- You can use ESPN+ on most devices, from streaming players (like Apple TV, Roku, etc.) to mobile devices and computers
So to recap, for $5 a month you will be able to watch many UFC Fight Nights live, plus enjoy on-demand access to unique and exclusive UFC content. You’ll also get access to live sports coverage from other sports. See our ESPN+ review to learn more.
If you want, you can also purchase UFC Pay-Per-Views from ESPN+. It’s now the exclusive home of these title fights.
Enjoy Endless Entertainment and UFC Streams with Hulu Live
A great channel selection (including ESPN), plus a huge on-demand library
Hulu Live is a one-stop-shop for all your entertainment needs. For 45 bucks a month, subscribers get live streaming access to more than 60 great TV channels, including ESPN and ESPN2, which air lots of UFC, and FS1, TBS, FOX/NBC/CBS, and much more! Plus, Hulu comes with an absolutely massive library of on-demand content to enjoy any time. UFC streaming is available via ESPN and ESPN2.
Entertainment – for Everyone
Hulu Live does a great job of covering all the bases and providing valuable entertainment for the whole family. It’s a well-rounded offering, with plenty of sports, news, TV shows, movies, and more! And the mix of both live and on-demand mean that there’s always something good to watch!
- Pay just $45 a month, and never sign a contract
- ESPN/ESPN2 included for Ultimate Fighting Championship streaming
- Tons of live sports covered
- Great coverage of local channels like FOX and NBC
- HUGE on-demand library to enjoy any time
- Hulu Live offers a 7-day free trial!
Budget Streamers Can Enjoy UFC Streaming on Sling TV
Watch UFC without cable for as low as $25 a month
Sling TV is another great option to stream UFC competitions live from your home or on the go. Like its competition, Sling TV is a complete cable replacement service giving you access to your favorite channels and events without relying on expensive subscriptions and contracts. Sling TV has two basic packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue. We recommend the Sling Orange package for UFC fans. It starts at $25 per month and gets you over 30 networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and a lot more. Because of the addition of the ESPN networks, you’ll have access to plenty of UFC events to keep up with the fighting world.
Skip the Bundle, Save a Bundle
Sling TV skips the huge bundles offered by cable TV in favor of small channel packages that are highly customizable. This allows you to get the actual channels you want, without paying for a bunch you never actually watch!
- No contract, and plans are just $25/mo and up
- Expand your selection with channel add-ons
- Get UFC fights live stream whenever they air on ESPN’s networks
- Enjoy live TV from tons of other popular channels
Start with a FREE 7-day trial of Sling TV and watch the UFC live stream free.
Stream UFC Events on PlayStation Vue and Entertain the Whole Family
Get ESPN UFC streams, plus entertainment for the whole family – on up to 5 devices at once
PlayStation Vue from Sony is another viable option to stream UFC fights. Like the others discussed here, it offers access to ESPN and ESPN2, so you don’t have to miss out on your favorite fighters and events. PlayStation Vue starts at $44.99 for their basic package which includes ESPN’s networks. This package offers over 45 channels in total.
5 Simultaneous Streams
Vue is a particularly good choice for families and larger households. That’s because the service allows you to watch on up to 5 devices at the same time. So, each household member can watch what they want, when they want, where they want – at the same time!
- No-contract packages from $45/mo
- Stream UFC Main Event, Fight Nights and more on ESPN and ESPN2
- Entertainment for the whole family
- Cloud DVR included
Use YouTube TV to Access UFC Streaming and Enjoy Local Content
For $50/mo, get ESPN for UFC fights, local channels, and more
YouTube TV is a newer streaming service than many discussed here, but it’s quickly gaining steam. Backed by Google, the service offers an affordable way to stream live TV – 70+ channels are included for $50 a month. This includes ESPN and ESPN2, so you can catch any UFC fights that air on those networks.
Feature-Rich, with Room to Grow
YouTube TV is a slick service with some cool features. For instance, it includes a cloud DVR with unlimited storage. That said, the service is lacking in some areas – it’s missing some key entertainment channels, for example. There’s definitely room for improvement, but overall it’s a great service.
- $50/mo, no contract needed
- ESPN and ESPN2 streaming is included
- Watch UFC fights without cable when they air on these channels
- Record fights to watch later with built-in DVR
Watch the UFC Live Stream on ESPN via DIRECTV NOW
This cable-alternative offers many different packages to choose from
DIRECTV NOW offers a good way to watch ESPN and ESPN2 online, which will get you access to lots of UFC coverage. It starts at $50 per month for a package of over 40 networks. Like the other streaming TV services, DIRECTV NOW works without cable or satellite. All you need is a good, reliable high speed internet connection and you’re ready to stream UFC events live as they air. You can watch at home or on the go making it impossible to miss your favorite shows and specials.
A Wide Selection for the Whole Family
A big selling point of DIRECTV NOW is that it’s got a killer selection. From 40 channels in the base package all the way up to 125+ networks in the larger packages, it’s tough to beat this selection. That said, the larger packages are quite expensive.
- A huge channel selection (if you’re willing to pay more)
- Get the UFC fights live stream whenever they air on ESPN/ESPN2
- No contract, plans from $50 per month
- Watch on all your devices – mobile, computers, streaming players and more
And start out with a FREE 7-day trial of DIRECTV NOW to watch UFC online and see for yourself.
Watch Select UFC Content with UFC Fight Pass
Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t at least briefly tell you about the direct-from-UFC service that gives you access to their competitions. This option comes straight from the UFC and gives all fans a chance to stream events without access to cable.
UFC Fight Pass starts at $9.99 per month, or you can sign up for 6 or 12 months and get it for a reduced rate. You can stream it to your TV or with your smart devices and watch FC streaming live or on demand. The service covers international UFC Fight Nights, plus exclusive prelims that are only available on Fight Pass, and other UFC-related content. Content that airs on ESPN (and pay-per-view content) is blacked out, however, so this service is usually best in combination with another option discussed on this page.
But, for fans of UFC, there is still plenty of other content to enjoy when you stream UFC Fight Pass.
Buy UFC Pay-Per View Events without Cable
All the biggest fights in the UFC will air on pay-per-view, or PPV. There’s no way to get these fights for free (other than going to a local bar – which probably won’t be “free” in the end!). For the big fights, you gotta pay up and get the PPV. Luckily, you can do this without cable.
Starting in early 2019, ESPN+ became the exclusive provider of UFC PPV fights. In other words, you can ONLY get Pay-Per-Views through ESPN+. UFC.com has a good FAQ page if you have questions about this new system for PPVs.
The fights typically cost around $60, and you must also be an ESPN+ member ($5/mo). The service provides a lot of value for UFC fans, so we recommend signing up for it whether you plan to buy PPVs or not. Click here to learn more about ESPN+ or to purchase the next PPV fight!
Okay, that is everything we have about how to watch the UFC live stream legally without cable. Do you have more questions about the Ultimate Fighting Championships? Ask below in the comments.