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How to watch UFC: live stream every 2021 PPV and Fight Night card anywhere

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The world's best known MMA promotion, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship in full) runs both weekly Fight Night events and blockbuster PPV cards every month. Follow our guide as we explain how to watch a UFC live stream online from anywhere in the world. Catch all the 2021 PPV action, plus every Fight Night event by following our guide below.

Whether you're a dedicated UFC Fight Night fan, just tune in for the big cards featuring names like McGregor, Khabib and Nunes, or simply enjoy Sean O'Malley's hairstyles, the often vicious and always unpredictable nature of MMA fights mean that title belts change hands regularly - making for a great spectacle for die-hard fans and new enthusiasts alike.

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UFC Fight Nights take place every week at venues all over the world, while the big ticket 'numbered' fights are held monthly - usually in America. For those in the US, a final thing to know is that ESPN Plus has the rights to UFC action in the country.

Or more recently, UFC 254 where Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Justin Gaethje in the second round of their Lightweight Championship fight to secure his legacy as one of the sport's all-time greatest fighters. The Eagle retired immediately after the emotional fight, leaving the hyper-competitive Lightweight division in a state of flux - and seemingly primed for the aforementioned McGregor comeback.

On top of that, a second-tier of events exist called UFC Fight Nights. These are held on a weekly basis and occur all over the globe, usually featuring up-and-coming local fighters. They're still a darn big deal, though, being held at huge international venues with tickets changing hands for hundreds of dollars. 

Both types of UFC events are shown exclusively on ESPN and the ESPN Plus streaming service in the US, usually taking place on Saturday nights. There's also a third series of Octagon bashes called 'UFC on ESPN' - these occur intermittently and air on one of ESPN's TV channels in America. For the events that matter most, follow our guide and find out the best ways to watch a UFC live stream wherever you are this November.

Live stream UFC 2021 PPVs and watch Fight Night events in the US with ESPN+

Octagon fanatics in the US may already know that ESPN and ESPN+ enjoy the rights to UFC live stream action - from Fight Nights to the big pay-per-views.

To watch UFC Fight Night events, all you need is a regular ESPN+ subscription, which costs just $5.99 a month and is even better value when bought as part of combined bundle that includes ESPN+, Hulu and Disney Plus for just $13.99 a month.

Things get a bit more complicated when it comes to watching UFC PPVs.

By way of example, tuning in to a typical PPV card like UFC 254 earlier in the year cost $69.99 for existing ESPN+ subscribers, though every month the streaming service offers an updated UFC Bundle that costs $89.98 and includes the next PPV along with a year's subscription to ESPN+ (worth $59.99 on its own). 

This is easily the best value way to stream UFC pay-per-views online, though note that they're time sensitive and the latest deal may not go live until a week or two before the event.

ESPN+ also offers plenty of added value content for UFC fans, like Dana White’s Contender Series, UFC Destined, and Ariel & The Bad Guy, plus the ability to watch classic fights and replays. It also offers live MLB, NHL, MLS, Serie A, and FA Cup games - when they are being played, of course.

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UFC live stream: how to watch MMA online in the UK

In the UK and Ireland, BT Sport has exclusive broadcast rights to UFC events. The good news for subscribers is that every UFC Fight Night is shown on BT Sport as standard - check your TV listings before each event for the exact channel and times, but they're almost always there complete with prelim coverage and post-fight analysis.

The even better news is that those 'numbered' events we've talked about are increasingly being shown on BT Sport at no extra cost - while in the rest of the world they remain pricey PPV-only offerings. This isn't always the case, but when it is, folks in the UK really luck out.

The broadcaster's coverage of UFC is also available via the BT Sport app and on its website, so you can live stream UFC on most devices these days - and don't forget that you can now get BT Sport without a massive commitment thanks to a BT Sport Monthly Pass.

Timings vary, especially for UFC Fight Night events as they're held all over the world, but big cards generally see coverage start at around 1am BST on the relevant Saturday night/Sunday morning, with the main fights getting underway at around 3am.

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How to watch UFC: live stream Fight Night and 2021 PPV events online in Australia

Streaming service Kayo Sports is ESPN's partner in Australia and this means there's heaps of UFC content available on its fantastic value packages. Basic costs just $25 a month and lets you stream on two screens, while Premium is a mere $35 a month for simultaneous viewing on up to three devices. 

Of the two, Kayo Sports Premium represents the best value as it offers multi-screen support - which means you can effectively split the price of a monthly subscription between friends or family and pay less.

Kayo also lets you watch a load of other great sports and there's even a free 14-day Kayo Sports trial on offer, so you can check it out for yourself without committing a penny, and its app works across PCs, Macs, smartphones, tablets, select smart TVs and more - console support is the only obvious outlier but it's said to be "coming soon".

On TV, Foxtel Sports is where Aussie UFC fans should look for Fight Night action - you'll need the network's Sports Package, but Foxtel subscribers benefit from access to the Foxtel Now streaming app.

Watching UFC pay-per-view events is another matter. Kayo shows some undercard fights but to watch a full main event card you'll have to cough up a few bob. 

On TV, you can buy these fights via Foxtel Main Event - or live stream them with UFC Fight Pass. Expect these fights to cost around $54.95 whatever option you choose, with coverage of the numbered events generally starting around 12pm AEST on the Sunday.

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Live stream UFC Fight Night and PPVs in Canada

Canadian fight fans also have a few options for watching UFC on TV and online. In the main, big cards like this month's big fight will be pay-per-view events on TV and should be offered by most major cable providers, including the likes of Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Telus, Eastlink - expect to pay around $64.99 for the privilege.

To live stream UFC's biggest events, your safest bet is therefore likely to be UFC Fight Pass, as it is in other countries. Expect similar pricing to TV pay-per-view costs. Beyond that, UFC Fight Nights are a lot cheaper and easier to find. Generally, they're shown on TSN (The Sports Network), which offers streaming-only access from $4.99 a day or $19.99 a month.

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UFC live stream in New Zealand: how to watch every 2021 event online

Fans based in New Zealand can catch the major UFC events on Sky Arena. Similar to most other streaming platforms, you will have to cough up for PPVs - usually to the tune of $39.95.

Big UFC fans wanting to watch Fight Night events as well will find that a UFC Fight Pass is the best option to tune in to MMA action weekly. 

UFC: latest news and results

UFC restarted in May 2020 with Fight Night: Smith vs Teixeria - held behind closed doors in Jacksonville, Florida. It steadily regained momentum from there, the early highlight of the resumed calendar with out a doubt being Justin Gaethje's spectacular, career defining victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.

After that, UFC 250 saw Amanda Nunes dispatch Felicia Spencer by unanimous decision to retain her featherweight title - and historic position as the first ever women's two-division champion. Kamaru Usman defeated fan favourite Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 to cement his seemingly unassailable position atop the welterweight ranks - though the fight of the night was undoubtedly Rose Namajunas' split-decision defeat of Jessica Andrade.

Fast forward to UFC 254 and we had the biggest card in October, headlined by Khabib vs Gaethje. The Eagle cemented his place as one of, if not the greatest UFC lightweight fighters of all-time, submitting Gaethje in the second round of an emotional fight hat saw Khabib competing for the first - and at present last - time following the death of his father and trainer, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who died tragically in July of coronavirus-related complications. 

Khabib broke down in tears after the fight was over, and what followed was one of the finest moments of sportsmanship of the year, Gaethje consoling his conqueror on the mat in a moment that defied everything we've come to expect from 2020. 

In between the actual fights, UFC poster boy Conor McGregor decided to 'retire' from the sport once again, while all-time great and reigning light heavyweight champion Jon 'Bones' Jones finds himself engulfed in a pay dispute with Ultimate Fighting Championship supremo Dana White. At the heart of the conflict is Jones' proposed move up to the heavyweight class with a view to fighting Francis Ngannou.

Jones says he has nothing left to prove at light heavyweight - though top title contender Dominick Reyes no doubt takes a different view. Jones defeated Reyes by unanimous decision back at UFC 247 - though many pundits scored the fight definitively in Reyes' favour. 

This year? 2021's UFC 257 main event saw Conor McGregor's much-hyped return dampened by Dustin 'The Diamond' Poirier, who avenged his earlier to defeat to Mystic Mac in emphatic style.

Jon Jones will almost certainly will be back in the Octagon sooner rather than later. Who he faces and under what banner is another matter entirely - the most enticing prospect for most fight fans would be a cross-promotion rematch against Bellator's Ryan Bader.

Where to buy UFC merch, gear and clothing

Now that UFC has resumed, MMA fans may be considering adding to or upgrading their merch collection - and we're pleased to say that the official UFC store is loaded with tempting swag. 

To absolutely nobody's surprise, Fight Island is the theme of the promotion's latest collection - yet much to our amazement, some of the new apparel that's on sale is actually fit to be worn in public. 

Recent additions include UFC-branded face masks, and best of all, you can save 10% on your first purchase just by signing up to the UFC email list - you've got a dummy address for this kind of thing, right?

Free shipping is available on orders over $75 and standard items should arrive within two weeks (international shipping times and taxes vary), so check out the UFC Store today.

James Laird

James is a technology journalist with nearly 10 years experience and currently Sports and TV Streaming Editor at Future, where he works across TechRadar, T3 and Tom's Guide. He is here to help you find the best ways to watch sports, TV shows and movies online. Previously, he was News and Features Editor at Trusted Reviews, Editor of Lifehacker UK, and Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.