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The UFC will crown an undisputed Middleweight Champion this Saturday. The main event of the big MMA event this weekend will set the current champ against the interim champ in a unification match. There's no need for you to take the long flight down under, and you don't need cable either. You can see it all online by streaming UFC 243 Pay-Per-View featuring Whittaker vs. Adesanya in the ESPN app.

What is UFC 243

UFC 243 is the latest in the signature event series from the biggest MMA promotion. UFC 243 will broadcast live on Saturday, Oct. 5 from Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. This split-broadcast event is available with cards on ESPN+, ESPN2 and PPV, so you will need multiple subscriptions and logins to use in the ESPN app. The Early Prelims kick things off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+. At 8 p.m., the Prelims switch over to ESPN2. Then at 10 p.m., the Main Card will be on PPV via ESPN+, finishing up with Whittaker vs. Adesanya.

UFC pay-per-view events are only available exclusively on ESPN+. The streaming sports service also has a full card of other MMA content, including weekly UFC Fight Night events, Dana White's Contender Series, UFC event Post Shows, and exclusive UFC analysis on Ariel and the Bad Guy. If you aren't sure what you need to do to watch UFC 243 PPV on ESPN+, here's a quick rundown of the big points.

How much will UFC 243 Pay Per View cost?

New & monthly subscribers can both save over 25% by combining UFC 243 PPV and a one year plan for ESPN+

New subscribers and current subscribers on monthly plans have a special offer that includes more than just one event. It packs in a subscription to ESPN+, which usually costs $4.99 a month, or $49.99 a year. Bundling UFC 243 PPV and a year of ESPN+ for $79.98 gains new and monthly subscribers a big discount on this sports streaming service. 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. Then they will be ready to buy other UFC PPV events over the next year.

How to order UFC 243 Pay-Per-View

If you already subscribe to ESPN+, you can buy UFC 243 PPV Main Event on the streaming devices you use to watch all the action. This feature is available on the ESPN app for TV platforms, and only takes a few taps on your remote.

For new subscribers, ESPN makes it easy to buy UFC 243 PPV on the ESPN+ event page. Just create an account and purchase this event on your computer. Then login with that account on a streaming device to activate the PPV in the ESPN app.

Both new and existing subscribers should buy UFC 243 early if they can. ESPN+ has shown that they can handle a rush of late orders, but you don't want to miss part of the event waiting to pick a new password or your purchase to process. It is quick and easy to sign up now and then sign in on your devices before the event. Take care of this ahead of time, and you can focus on the fights and the snacks when Saturday night hits!

The Main Event

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Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker (21-4) is the current UFC middleweight title holder, and the hometown hero for this event. He was born in New Zealand, and he lives in Sydney, Australia; just a few hours away from this fight. Whittake fought his first eleven bouts in Australia with the Cage Fighting Championships promotion. He joined UFC just under seven years ago, and started off with a bang by winning the international version of The Ultimate Fighter TV series. Whittaker is riding a nine fight win streak, which includes his title victory and first title defense. Both of those were against Yoel Romero, and each went the distance. However, Whittaker has 14 of his 20 victories by KO or submission, so he won't want to leave his title in the hands of the judges.

Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya (17-0) is the current UFC interim middleweight champ, and ranked as the #1 challenger to Whittaker. Adesanya is undefeated as a pro, which explains why he's been such a fast rising newcomer in the UFC. He was only fought under the UFC banner for just over 20 months, but he's made the most of that short time. He's racked up six UFC victories, including Fight of the Night or Performance of the Night in his last four matches. He even defeated legend of the game Anderson Silva eight months ago. If Adesanya is able to claim the undisputed championship this early in his career, he has the potential to challenge Silva's record reign.

Adesanya is going to need a strong defensive strategy to avoid one of Whittaker's signature stoppages. Watch as UFC showcases Robert Whittaker's top finishes.

How to get UFC 243 Prelims on ESPN2

ESPN networks owns over 10 different channels, but for the UFC 243 Prelims you only need ESPN2. The Prelims Card includes four big fights, and is anchored by another Australian fighter. Jake Matthews will represent his home country as he faces newcomer Rostem Akman in a fight that will have a big impact on each fighter's career. Both are coming off of losses, so each will be desperate to avoid a prolonged slump.

You can get the UFC 243 Prelims from ESPN2 on five of the largest live TV streaming services. Sling TV's Orange Plan offers the lowest regular price, but some of the other services offer a variety of free trials. Take a look at these options, and pick the best one for you. You can use the login and password for these streaming services in the ESPN app to watch the Prelims easily too.

Sling TV - Sling Orange

Big Matches, Small Price

Sling Orange

Get the Prelims without busting your budget.

Sling is the more economical way to get ESPN2. It costs about half the price of other services and still gets you access to the UFC 243 Prelims.

Hulu with Live TV

Tap Out Cable

Hulu with Live TV

Get ESPN2 & the UFC 243 Prelims without cable

Hulu has live TV, plenty of sports options, and a huge back catalog of shows. ESPN2 is part of Hulu, which means the UFC 243 Prelims are here.

PlayStation Vue - Access Plan

  • The cost: $50 a month after a free trial
  • UFC 243 Prelims on PlayStation Vue: Yes, with ESPN2.

More on PlayStation Vue:

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PlayStation Vue

ESPN2 and so much more.

PlayStation Vue's base Access Plan includes ESPN2 so you will be all set for the UFC 243 Prelims. Check out the rest of the lineup and you may find more shows to enjoy.

AT&T TV Now - Plus Plan

  • The cost: $70 a month after a free trial
  • UFC 243 Prelims on AT&T TV Now: Yes, with ESPN2.

More on AT&T TV Now:

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The Plus Plan lets you see the UFC 243 Prelims easily.

AT&T TV Now has a long list of channels in their lineup. The Plus Plan has ESPN2 to allow you access to the UFC 243 Prelims. Every plan includes HBO too.

YouTube TV

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YouTube TV

OK Google, Watch the UFC 243 Prelims

YouTube TV is one of the easiest streaming services to understand, with a single plan, a ton of channels — including ESPN2 for the UFC 243 Prelims.

How to watch UFC 243

You will need to use the ESPN app to watch UFC 243. Our advice is to install the app, and log in with your ESPN+ account and your Live TV streaming credentials before the event begins. The ESPN app is available on the major streaming platforms and game consoles including iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

UFC 243 Schedule and Fight Card

  • Early Prelims: 6:45 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
  • Main Card: 10 p.m. Eastern on PPV
  • Post Show: 1 a.m. on ESPN+

The full fight card, subject to change as always, is as follows:

Main Card Pay Per View

  • Robert Whittaker (21-4) vs. Israel Adesanya (17-0)
  • Al Iaquinta (14-5) vs. Dan Hooker (19-8)
  • Tai Tuivasa (10-2) vs. Serghei Spivac (9-1)
  • Luke Jumeau (13-4) vs. Dhiego Lima (16-7)
  • Justin Tafa (3-0) vs. Yorgan De Castro (5-0)

Prelims on ESPN2

  • Jake Matthews (14-4) vs. Rostem Akman (6-1)
  • Callan Potter (17-8) vs. Maki Pitolo (12-4)
  • Brad Riddell (6-1) vs. Jamie Mullarkey (12-2)
  • Megan Anderson (9-4) vs. Zarah Fairn dos Santos (6-2)

Early Prelims on ESPN+

  • Nadia Kassem (5-1) vs. Ji Yeon Kim (8-2-2)
  • Khalid Taha (13-2) vs. Bruno Silva (10-3-2)

You can order UFC 243 Whittaker vs. Adesanya today. New ESPN+ subscribers pay $79.99 for this pay-per-view and 1 year of ESPN+. Existing subscribers can pay just $59.99 for just the event, or $79.99 to upgrade from monthly to a 1 year subscription with the event. Either way, you will get an exciting night of top fights including Whittaker vs. Adesanya.


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