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One of the most electric champions in all of MMA takes to the octagon on Saturday night for his first full title defense. After an unrivaled two year stretch, the UFC Middleweight champ starts 2020 with a tough fight against a worthy challenge who is in the midst of a rough stretch. See this match, plus the Women's Strawweight title match as part of a full night of fights easily with UFC 248 Pay-Per-View featuring Adesanya vs. Romero in the ESPN app.

What is UFC 248?

UFC 248 is the latest major MMA event from the biggest promotion in the sport. UFC 248 will broadcast live on Saturday, March 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This will be a split-broadcast event available with cards on ESPN+, ESPN and PPV, so you will need multiple subscriptions and logins to see everything in the ESPN app. The Early Prelims come first at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+. At 8 p.m., the Prelims are exclusively on ESPN. Finally, the Main Card will be on at 10 p.m. as a PPV via ESPN+, headlined by Adesanya vs. Romero.

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 248 PPV on ESPN+, here's a breakdown to help.

How much will UFC 248 Pay Per View cost?

New & monthly subscribers can both save big by combining UFC 248 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 248 PPV for $84.98. This gives new and monthly subscribers a big savings on this sports streaming service compared to the regular prices. That subscription includes a full year of live UFC Fight Nights, many Top Rank Boxing cards, daily games from MLB & NHL, a full slate of MLS games, Men's College Basketball, and so much more.

How to order UFC 248 Pay-Per-View

If you already subscribe to ESPN+, you can buy UFC 248 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 248 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 248 early if they can. 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 248 Adesanya vs. Romero — The Main Event Preview

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Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya (18-0) is the newly crowned UFC Middleweight Champion, and this undefeated fighter made a fast rise to become a titleholder. Adesanya joined the UFC just two years ago, and he started off with a splash by scoring a Performance of the Night bonus for his second round TKO of Rob Wilkinson on Feb. 11, 2018. Adesanya stayed active, notching four fights in 2018. Then in 2019, he had three major fights that changed his career. In February 2019, he beat UFC legend and former champion Anderson Silva in a hard-fought unanimous decision. After the fight, the two men bowed to each other in the ring and then embraced.

The UFC Middleweight Champion at the time, Robert Whittaker, was sidelined with a hernia injury, so Adesanya next faced Kelvin Gastelum for the interim title. In what became the UFC 2019 Fight of the Year, Adesanya and Gastelum went the distance. Gastelum scored an early knockdown and landed multiple power punches, but Israel didn't fold. In the late rounds, the fight turned into a stand-up slugfest, with Adesanya proving to be the better man with late knockdowns and a unanimous decision. His next challenge would be to unify the title by facing Whittaker on his return. Watch the full fight below, and enjoy a phenomenal knockout left hook.

See Adesanya unify the Middleweight titles as he gives Robert Whittaker a beat down in the second round.

Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero (13-4) is the third ranked contender among UFC Middleweights, and that weight has treated him much better after he started his career at light heavyweight. He's been fighting in the UFC for almost seven years, and he's built his own impressive resume with wins over Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo Souza and Chris Weidman. Romero also has several Fight or the Night and Performance of the Night awards.

Unfortunately, Romero has been his own worst enemy in his pursuit of the Middleweight title. Romero has had two championship fights turned into non-title bouts for him because he missed weight. In his only valid title fight, he lost to Robert Whittaker in 2017 by unanimous decision. His recent losses can't be discounted, as he's 1-3 over his last four fights, but if Romero makes weight expect him to give everything he has in this big opportunity.

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UFC 248 has more for MMA fans than just one big main event fight. This event also includes another massive title fight as UFC Women's Strawweight champion Zhang "Magnum" Weili (20-1) will face challenger Joanna Jędrzejczyk (16-3). Zhang's rise to a UFC title was meteoric, as she upset Jéssica Andrade in only her fourth UFC fight just one year after she joined the promotion. Jędrzejczyk is the former Strawweight title holder looking to regain glory at the lighter weight after trying and failing to win the Women's Flyweight championship.

How to get UFC 248 Prelims on ESPN

ESPN networks owns over 10 different channels, but for the UFC 248 Prelims you only need ESPN. The Prelims Card includes four competitive fights including a Bantamweight battle between two rising stars. Sean "Sugar" O'Malley (10-0) is an undefeated fighter in only his second UFC fight, after appearing on Dana White's Contender Series and the reality TV series "The Ultimate Fighter". Jose "El Teco" Quinonez (9-3) was also on a reality show — "The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America" — and he's 5-1 over his last five years in the UFC.

You can get the UFC 248 Prelims from ESPN 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

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Hulu with Live TV

ESPN & the UFC 248 Prelims live streaming straight to you.

Hulu has live TV including sports networks along with a huge back catalog of shows. ESPN is on Hulu, which means the UFC 248 Prelims will be online on Hulu.

Sling TV - Sling Orange

Big Punches, Small Prices

Sling Orange

Sling the UFC 248 Prelims anytime & from anywhere.

Sling is the more economical way to get ESPN. It costs about half the price of other services and still gets you access to the UFC 248 Prelims.

AT&T TV Now - Plus Plan

  • The cost: $65 a month after a free trial
  • *UFC 248 Prelims on AT&T TV Now: Yes, with ESPN.

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AT&T TV Now

The Plus Plan brings you the UFC 248 Prelims.

AT&T TV Now has a long list of channels in their lineup. The Plus Plan has ESPN so you can access the UFC 248 Prelims. Every plan includes HBO too.

YouTube TV

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YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is one of the easiest streaming services to understand, with a single plan, a ton of channels — including ESPN for the UFC 248 Prelims.

How to watch UFC 248 on your devices

The ESPN app has everything you need to watch all of UFC 248 online on your TV. Your best play is to install the app, and log in with your ESPN+ account and your Live TV streaming credentials before the event begins. If you need help, we can guide you through how to login and watch ESPN+ on your TV. 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 248 Schedule and Fight Card

All times shown are Eastern time.

  • Early Prelims: 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. on ESPN
  • 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 (Winners shown in bold):

Main Card — Pay Per View

  • Israel Adesanya (18-0) vs. Yoel Romero (13-4)
  • Zhang Weili (20-1) vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk (16-3)
  • Beneil Dariush (17-4-1) vs. Drakkar Klose (11-1-1)
  • Neil Magny (21-8) vs. Li Jingliang (17-5)
  • Alex Oliveira (19-8-1) vs. Max Griffin (15-7)

Prelims — ESPN

  • Sean O'Malley (10-0) vs. Jose Quinonez (9-3)
  • Mark O. Madsen (9-0) vs. Austin Hubbard (11-3)
  • Rodolfo Vieira (6-0) vs. Saparbeg Safarov (9-2)
  • Gerald Meerschaert (29-12) vs. Deron Winn (6-1)

Early Prelims — ESPN+

  • Emily Whitmire (4-3) vs. Polyana Viana (10-4) - Cancelled due to Whitmire hospitalization
  • Giga Chikadze (8-2) vs. Jamall Emmers (17-4)
  • Danaa Batgerel (6-2) vs. Guido Cannetti (11-6)

How to stream UFC 248 even if you're outside the United States

UFC 248 features a title defense by Israel Adesanya, but you might not be able to watch it online if you're going to be in Israel. Streaming U.S. based sports like the UFC from overseas can be as frustrating as a first round disqualification. It's all because streaming services often block their feeds if you're not in America.

However, there are ways to get things working again by using a VPN, which is short for "Virtual Private Network". It sends your internet traffic from far away through a specific set of servers, then pops it back into the United States.

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.

A Top VPN Contender

ExpressVPN

Use the subscriptions you pay for even if you've gone far from home.

ExpressVPN has all the things you want from a VPN, including multiple plans at different price points. It also has servers in 94 countries and apps for all major platforms.

UFC 248 livestream

You can order the livestream of UFC 248 Adesanya vs. Romero 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 Adesanya vs. Romero in March 8.

UFC 248 Rocks the Octagon

ESPN+ UFC Pay-Per-View

Adesanya vs. Romero is bringing the Middleweight Madness exclusively on UFC 248.

ESPN+ has major UFC events on the regular, including this Pay-Per-View event. UFC 248 has two title matches, including Adesanya vs. Romero. You can also get a year of live sports on ESPN+ if you choose the bundle.

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