UFC is closing out the year with a Pay-Per-View event that pulls out all the stops. This Saturday night, there will be three big title fights on the main card. That will include a woman who is a two-division champion as well as a co-main event featuring one of the biggest fan favorites as a fighter. Then the night will be capped off with the Welterweight title match with a proud new champion and hard charging challenger. You can stream it all with UFC 245 Pay-Per-View featuring Usman vs. Covington in the ESPN app.
What is UFC 245?
UFC 245 is the newest major MMA event from the biggest promotion in the sport. UFC 245 will broadcast live on Saturday, Dec. 14 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This will be a split-broadcast event available with cards on ESPN+, ESPN2 and PPV, so you will need multiple subscriptions and logins to see everything in the ESPN app. The Early Prelims come first at 6:15 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+ and ESPN2. At 8 p.m., the Prelims are exclusively on ESPN2. Finally, the Main Card will be on at 10 p.m. as a PPV via ESPN+, headlined by Usman vs. Covington.
UFC pay-per-view events are now available exclusively on ESPN+. The streaming sports service is packed with additional UFC content, including regular UFC Fight Night events, Dana White's Contender Series, UFC Post Shows, and exclusive analysis on "Ariel and the Bad Guy". If you aren't sure what is needed so you can watch UFC 245 PPV on ESPN+, here's a breakdown to help.
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 or get ESPN+ through the Disney+ bundle, 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.
How to order UFC 245 Pay-Per-View
If you already subscribe to ESPN+, you can buy UFC 245 PPV Main Event on the streaming devices you use to watch all the action. too. 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 245 PPV on the event page of ESPN+. 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 245 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!
UFC 245 Usman vs. Covington — The Main Event Preview
Kamaru "The Nigerian Nightmare" Usman (15-1) is the UFC Welterweight Champion, and this is his first title defense. Usman won the belt back in March of this year, when he scored a unanimous decision over Tyron Woodley at UFC 235. It's been quite the rise for Usman since he joined the UFC in 2015 as part of The Ultimate Fighter Season 21. He won the finale of that season over Hayder Hassan, and has been undefeated in the UFC ever since.
This will be Usman's first time headlining a pay-per-view main event. Usman was the main event headliner in a UFC Fight Night and The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters event, but his past pay-per-view main card appearances have been as featured fights. That includes the fight that won him the belt, when Kamaru balanced his wrestling ground game and Jiu-Jitsu to dominate Woodley, winning every round on all three judges' scorecards. Usman is rated tenth of the UFC pound-for-pound top rankings, which is the lowest of any men's champion, and also behind one challenger, Tony Ferguson, and one women's champion, Amanda Nunes. If he hopes to move up as elite among this field, he will need another convincing win.
Colby "Chaos" Covington (15-1) is the number two contender in the welterweight division, and he's been waiting well over a year for this shot. Covington joined the UFC back in 2014, and one minor stumble aside he has been climbing steadily up the ranks. In 2018, then-champion Tyron Woodley was sidelined with shoulder surgery, so Covington and Rafael dos Anjos faced off for the Interim championship. Colby won, and was expected to fight a unification fight against Woodley once he returned. That was derailed when Colby needed a surgery of his own, and the interim title was stripped from Covington once Woodley had his next successful defense.
When Convington returned to action earlier this year, he battled former UFC Welterweight champ Robbie Lawler in August. This fight came together after Lawler was expected to fight Tyron Woodley until Woodley had to withdraw due to a hand injury. Enter Covington, how won every round of their fight and then used his post fight interviews to challenge and insult the champion Usman. Now 18 months after becoming the Interim title holder, Covington has the fight he's been chasing.
UFC 245 is sending the year out with a bang by featuring three different championship matches. Featherweight champ Max Holloway will have his third title defense when he faces Alexander Volkanovski. Plus two-division champion Amanda Nunes, who has been atop the Bantamweight division for over three years, will have her fifth defense as she battles Germaine de Randamie in a rematch of their 2013 fight.
How to get UFC 245 Prelims on ESPN2
ESPN networks owns over 10 different channels, but for the UFC 245 Prelims you only need ESPN2. The Prelims Card includes four big fights, and features a major welterweight showdown. This will be just the fifth UFC fight for Geoff Neal, but he has already risen to rank 14th among welterweights. He'll battle Mike Perry in the feature fight of the ESPN2 card, a former boxer turned MMA fighter who is 2-4 in his last six fights.
You can get the UFC 245 Prelims from ESPN2 on five of the largest live TV streaming services. Hulu with Live TV and some of the other services offer a variety of free trials, while Sling TV's Orange Plan offers the lowest regular price. Check out the options, and select the one that is best for you. Then you can use the login and password for these streaming services in the ESPN app to watch the Prelims.
Hulu with Live TV
- The cost: $45 a month after a one week free trial
- UFC 245 Prelims on Hulu - Yes, with ESPN2.
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Get ESPN2 & the UFC 245 Prelims streaming live.
Hulu has live TV including sports networks along with a huge back catalog of shows. ESPN2 is on Hulu, which means the UFC 245 Prelims are ready to go.
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Get the Prelims and keep more of your cash.
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 245 Prelims.
AT&T TV Now - Plus Plan
- The cost: $50 a month after a free trial
- *UFC 245 Prelims on AT&T TV Now: Yes, with ESPN2.
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The Plus Plan is your key to the UFC 245 Prelims.
AT&T TV Now has a long list of channels in their lineup. The Plus Plan has ESPN2 so you can access the UFC 245 Prelims. Every plan includes HBO too.
- The cost: $50 a month after a free trial
- UFC 245 Prelims on YouTube TV: (Make sure to mention the channels and specific plan if necessary)
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YouTube TV is one of the easiest streaming services to understand, with a single plan, a ton of channels — including ESPN2 for the UFC 245 Prelims.
How to watch UFC 245
The ESPN app has everything you need to watch UFC 245. 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 245 Schedule and Fight Card
All times shown are Eastern time.
- Early Prelims: 6:15 p.m. on ESPN+
- Prelims: 8 p.m. on ESPN2
- Main Card: 10 p.m. on PPV
- Post Show: 1 a.m. on ESPN+
The full event fight card, subject to change as always, is as follows:
Main Card — Pay Per View
- Kamaru Usman (15-1) vs. Colby Covington (15-1)
- Max Holloway (21-4) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (20-1)
- Amanda Nunes (18-4) vs. Germaine de Randamie (9-3)
- Marlon Moraes (22-6-1) vs. Jose Aldo (28-5)
- Petr Yan (13-1) vs. Urijah Faber (35-10)
Prelims — ESPN2
- Geoff Neal (12-2) vs. Mike Perry (13-5)
- Ketlen Vieira (10-0) vs. Irene Aldana (11-5)
- Ian Heinisch (13-2) vs. Omari Akhmedov (19-4-1)
- Matt Brown (21-16) vs. Ben Saunders (22-12-2)
Early Prelims — ESPN+
- Chase Hooper (8-0-1) vs. Daniel Teymur (7-3)
- Brandon Moreno (15-5) vs. Kai Kara-France (20-7)
- Jessica Eye (14-7) vs. Viviane Araujo (8-1)
- Punahele Soriano (6-0) vs. Oskar Piechota (11-2-1)
You can order UFC 245 Usman vs. Covington 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 Usman vs. Covington.
UFC 245 Rocks the Octagon
Three titles. Three champions. Three challengers. One night only.
ESPN+ has major UFC events on the regular, including this Pay-Per-View event. This year end edition has three championship fights on a single card. You can also get a year of live on ESPN+ if you choose the bundle.
How to stream UFC 245 even if you're outside the United States
If you are pumped up for this UFC 245 event but have reservations to take off abroad, you might believe that you're out of luck. Streaming U.S. based sports like the UFC can be as frustrating as a split decision draw. It's all because streaming services often block their feeds if you're not in America. Suddenly, your streaming subscriptions look like they've lost all their value.
However, there are ways to get things working again by using a VPN. Those three little letters mean "Virtual Private Network," and that sends your internet traffic from wherever you are through a specific set of servers. Then it pops your internet traffic back into the United States even while you're abroad. That means you can sail away while your internet stays on the shores of the USA.
Does a VPN sound appealing to you? It's easy to get a great one with subscription services that, for a few bucks a month, tunnel your traffic through your choice of a variety of locations. It can also give you security and peace of mind on open WiFi connections, because a VPN protects you against snoopers on any network. Give one a try to see if it works for you, and then put it to good use. Even enjoy your football from a half a world away.
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