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There is a lot of excitement building towards UFC 249, which marks a return to sports in the United States. While your big screen TV is always an appealing option for events like this, fans also get excited to stream quality MMA fights on their mobile devices too. Here's how to watch UFC 249 on iPhones and iPads, featuring Ferguson vs. Gaethje in the ESPN app.

UFC 249 is the latest major MMA event from the biggest promotion in the sport. UFC 249 will broadcast live on Saturday, May 9, from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The Prelims come first at 6 p.m. Eastern on both ESPN and ESPN+. Finally, the Main Card will be on at 10 p.m. as a PPV via ESPN+, headlined by Ferguson vs. Gaethje.

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UFC 249 will be broadcast with fight cards on ESPN+ and ESPN, plus the Main Card only on PPV. You can watch it all conveniently in the ESPN app.

How to watch UFC 249 on iPhone and iPad

You need to start by installing the ESPN app from the Apple App Store. Then you'll need to login to your accounts in the ESPN app.

There are two types of accounts supported in the app. There is an ESPN account, which can access ESPN+ content and is used to purchase the Pay-Per-View card. If you have credentials from a Live TV streaming service or cable that includes the ESPN channel, you can use it as well to unlock extra content from ESPN, like the Michael Jordan documentary "The Last Dance."

How to watch UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje

You can install the ESPN app a couple of different ways. The easiest way is to click over to the ESPN app page on the Apple App Store Store. Then you just need to tap the Get button, followed by the Install button to add the app to your iPhone or iPad. If you have security setup (and we hope that you do), you will need to enter your Face ID, Touch ID, PIN or password before the install will complete.

You'll have the option the first time you open the app to Log In, which gives you the chance to enter your ESPN account or Live TV streaming service credentials. If you miss that chance, simply tap the gear icon in the upper right corner of the app at any time.

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Once you are logged in, you are all ready to watch UFC 249 on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the Watch section to find all the UFC 249 programs, including the Prelims and Pay-Per-View card. You will find a Combat Sports Live & Upcoming section in the Featured tab. There is also a dedicated UFC 249 area in the ESPN+ section.

How much will UFC 249 Pay Per View cost?

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You can order the livestream of UFC 249 Ferguson vs. Gaethje today. New ESPN+ subscribers pay $84.98 for this pay-per-view and 1 year of ESPN+. Existing subscribers can pay just $64.99 for just the event, or $84.98 to upgrade from monthly to a 1 year subscription with the event. Either way, you will get an exciting night of top fights including Ferguson vs. Gaethje on May 9.

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Ferguson vs. Gaethje and UFC 249 are bringing live sports back in a big way.

ESPN+ has major UFC events on the regular, including this Pay-Per-View event. UFC 249 is packed with headliner quality fights, including Ferguson vs. Gaethje. You can also get a year of live sports on ESPN+ if you choose the bundle.

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