For the first time, the UFC is performing in the UAE on Saturday, Sept. 7. In this long-awaited title-breaking bout, champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces interim champion Dustin Poirier. Here's how to watch.
How to watch the fight live in the United States
UFC 242 is exclusive to ESPN +, ESPN's streaming service, in the United States. The only way to watch the fight live is online. For this you need to sign up for ESPN + and then buy the fight as an à la carte event.
The main battle card coverage begins at 2:00 pm Eastern Time and the first preliminary rounds begin at 10:00 am Eastern Time.
ESPN + usually runs $ 4.99 a month, although you can sign up for a free seven day trial. To watch UFC 242 live you will have to pay an additional $ 60.
If you are a new subscriber to ESPN +, you can also buy UFC 242 PPV with one year ESPN + subscription for $ 79.99.
At present, there is no way to watch the battle live on cable TV or any other streaming service in the United States. You can watch the preliminary games in the United States (and the main map outside the United States) via UFC COMBAT PASS.
Do you have problems bypassing geographical restrictions? Use a VPN
Whether you come from your home country or live in a place where the restrictions are ridiculous, the solution to work around the restrictions is always to use a VPN, which gives the impression that you come from a different place. Our VPN choices are:
ExpressVPN: This choice of VPN is incredibly fast, easy to use and offers very user-friendly clients for each platform. Here's how to watch the fight:
Download VPN Express.
Log in to a server located in the United States if you want to use ESPN + or to a server on which UFC TV is available if you plan to watch it that way.
Head toward ESPN + and buy the fight. You will need to provide a valid postal code.
StrongVPN: This VPN is not as user-friendly, but very fast and useful for getting around restrictions because it is not as well known.
In general, the way around the restrictions is to switch the VPN server to another country that has access to the website you are trying to view. If it's still stuck, try another server. Both choices offer free trials, so you do not have to pay for something that does not work for you.