Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the UFC, which has become the most famous MMA provider, has been able to get back into the ring and provide entertainment for its fans. It was one of the first sports to get back to live action, with UFC head Dana White going to extreme lengths to ensure that his sports business did not stay out of the action for too long. In fact, UFC 252 is almost upon us, and whether you are a fan of MMA or just tune in to watch people beat each other, you can now take in the thrills and spills from anywhere in the world, provided you have an internet connection. This is in keeping with how many sports and events have gone over the last few months, with the Internet coming as a saviour to allow them to keep providing content for their fans even if live sports was not possible. One of the best examples of this has been seen in the online gambling industry, where the number of people who play casino games online for real money has shot up as lockdown measures were implemented all over the globe, and people could not visit their favorite casinos anymore. The popularity of online casino websites has shown that there is definitely a way to provide fans and customers with what they need in this time, and the UFC is also going down this route, doing all it can to ensure that people all over the world can tune in to watch UFC 252.
UFC 252 will see one of the biggest fights of the year so far - Miocic vs Cormier, on Dana White’s ‘Fight Island’, which has now been confirmed as the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. For those who do not know, the numbered UFC events occur every month, and are the biggest events on the UFC calendar. This is followed by the weekly UFC Fight Nights, which usually take place all over the globe and have newbies and up-and-coming fighters trying to make a name for themselves. Finally, there is a third series called UFC on ESPN, which are less regular. All of these events normally air on ESPN and ESPN+ in the USA, but here are the places to watch them if you do not reside in America.
In the UK, BT Sport has the exclusive rights for UFC events, and thus every UFC Fight Night is covered on the network, along with pre and post-fight coverage and analysis. In another great bit of news, the numbered UFC events can also be seen for free on BT, while they remain a pay-per-view event in the rest of the world. UFC can also be streamed on the BT Sport website and app.
Kayo Sports is ESPN’s partner in Australia, which means that it is the place to be for UFC content Down Under. However, Kayo is a streaming service, so if you own a TV, Foxtel Sports is where UFC action takes place on the telly. The numbered events are pay-per-view, on both Kayo and Foxtel.
In Canada, there is no one provider for UFC action. The numbered events are pay-per-view and carried by many broadcasters, while the Fight Nights can be found online on TSN. Your best bet is to pick up a UFC Fight Pass to be able to view UFC events as much as you like, rather than individually shelling out for each pay-per-view event.
Fans in New Zealand can watch the major UFC events on Sky Arena, while they will need to pay extra for the numbered events, like in other countries. Once again, a UFC Fight Pass is the best value option here as well.