There's a funny thing about living in the future — it very much clings to the past. That's the sort of feeling you get, anyway, when you go to watch a sporting event — it could be football, cricket, baseball, UFC, boxing, or whatever — only to find that it's not available on your service of choice because of regional restrictions.
It happens, folks. And it not only happens outside the United States, but it can happen in the U.S. as well due to local blackout rules.
And that brings us to UFC 245, which is taking place on Saturday, Dec. 14, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It's a split-broadcast event, with the early prelims on EPSN+ and ESPN2, the prelims on ESPN2, and finally the main event of Kamaru "The Nigerian Nightmare" Usma taking on Colby "Chaos" Covington in a Welterweight title fight at 10 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+. And that's just the icing on the cake. There's also Max Holloway facing Alexander Volkanovski in a Featherweight title bout. And Germaine de Randamie is looking to take down champion Amanda Nunes in the women's Bantamweight title fight, while Marlon Moraes and Jose Aldo, and Petr Yan and Urijah Faber go at it in a pair of non-title Bantamweight matchups.
But what if you can't get those ESPN+ and UFC 245 where you live, for whatever reason? That's where a VPN could come in handy.
For the uninitiated, a VPN is a Virtual Private Network. It's a way of tunneling your network traffic through a specific route. It's what your company may do to ensure that only the right people are allowed onto its network, for example.
Another cool feature of a VPN is that many of them enable you to choose the country from which your network traffic will appear. That lets you ensure that you're able to watch UFC 245 from a supported region.
VPNs are available all kinds of ways. No, you don't have to know how to manually install credentials on your phone or computer — most consumer-grade VPNs have their own apps that take care of things for you. All you need is your registration information, and it'll take care of all the hard parts of setting up the VPN so you can watch the fight.
Also handy is that most consumer-grade VPNs have several options for service, so you don't necessarily have to pay out for a full year of service if you're not quite sure if you're going to need the VPN for more than watching UFC 245, for example. Choice is always a good thing.
VPN for UFC 245
Making out-of-country viewing easy
ExpressVPN has all the things you want from a VPN. It's got multiple pricing plans. It's got servers in 94 countries. And it has apps for all the platforms, which makes setup a breeze.
How much will UFC 245 Pay Per View cost?
If you are new to ESPN+, you can get a special offer of UFC 245 PPV and a full year subscription to ESPN+ for only $79.98.
If you already have a monthly ESPN+ subscription, you can upgrade to an annual plan to bundle UFC 245 PPV and a full year subscription to ESPN+ for only $79.98.
If you already have any ESPN+ subscription, you can choose to only purchase UFC 245 PPV for only $59.99.
New & monthly subscribers can both save over 25% by combining UFC 245 PPV and a one year plan for ESPN+
New subscribers and current subscribers on monthly plans can choose a special offer with months of sports to enjoy. The deal combines an annual subscription to ESPN+, which usually costs $49.99 a year, with UFC 245 PPV for $79.98. This gives new and monthly subscribers a big savings on this sports streaming service compared to the regular prices. That subscription gives you a full year of live UFC Fight Nights, Top Rank Boxing cards, MLB, NHL, MLS, College Football, and so much more.
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