If you're a UFC fan who has cut the cord and are looking to still watch the fights, ESPN+ might well be the best $5 you spend each month. With the first of 20 exclusive fights under its belt, ESPN+ — the streaming arm of the global sports giant — is celebrating some fairly impressive numbers after Henry Cejudo's quick finish Saturday night of T.J. Dillishaw.
ESPN, which will stream 41 more fights this year, said it signed up a more than a half-million new subscribers on Saturday night alone.
Last night's UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ debut, featuring 13 fights live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, saw Henry Cejudo successfully defend his flyweight championship against bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in a stunning 32-second finish, and led to a record-setting night with 568,000 new subscribers for ESPN+ on Friday and Saturday combined – over 525,000 Saturday alone. It marks the largest event and subscription catalyst for ESPN+ thus far.
The UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ Prelims card aired on ESPN (English) and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) from 8:15 -10 p.m. ET. The telecast averaged a 1.4 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated UFC Fight Night Prelims on cable since at least 2013.
Saturday's event was the first of a five-year deal between the UFC and ESPN, and the latter's parent company, The Walt Disney Company.
In addition to the live fights, ESPN+ is still serving up replays, so you can catch that 32-second masterpiece for some time to come.
ESPN+ is available to watch almost any device, including in a computer browser. You can watch ESPN+ on iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, as well as Amazon Fire Tablets. You can also watch it on Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku-powered devices and smart TVs. Gamers can catch ESPN+ on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, too.
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