Here’s how you can watch or live stream UFC 251 fights online with Roku for free without cable
Catch Every Moment of UFC 251
Main Card – 10:00 PM/ET
Prelims – 8:00 PM/ET
Early Prelims – 6:15 PM/ET
Unfortunately, there is no free coverage of the match in the United States, but those with access can watch exclusively with a paid subscription with ESPN or ESPN+.
The great news about signing up with ESPN+ is that it costs just $4.99 per month, or you can sign up for a yearly subscription which is $49.99 for the whole year. Each subscription allows three simultaneous connections.
If you enjoy streaming in general you can bundle Hulu and Disney+ services with ESPN+ for $13 saving you around $5.
To watch ESPN+ you just need to download the ESPN app which can be used on the following:
- iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV (generations 3 and 4)
- Android smartphones and TVs
- Xbox One
- PlayStation 4
- Samsung TVs
- Online via ESPN.com
Users will have access to more than twenty sports including tennis, soccer, rugby, boxing, WWE, MLB, NBA, golf, NASCAR, WNBA, and many more.
Ultimately, to watch UFC you must be an ESPN+ subscriber without exception. You will have to pay to play though with PPV events costing $65.
Roku Adds Live Pay-per-view UFC Fights
Cord-cutting fans of the UFC rejoice! The Ultimate Fighting Championship has recently inked a deal with Roku to stream live UFC fights right to your Roku box. Much of the content will be free or you’ll need to sign up for a UFC Vault subscription ($60 for six months). Individual fights can be purchased for $2 each and pay-per-view fights or on-demand archives of recent events will be $45.
Other Streaming Options
There are multiple ways to watch the UFC Fight Night live in USA without cable. None of them come for free obviously but you can try them out individually to see what works for you the best. Here’s a list of options:
- Sling TV
- YouTube TV
- DirecTV Now
- PlayStation Vue
On the other hand, if you’re only now cutting the cord and are looking for a streaming TV package that comes bundled with ESPN channels — particularly the ones where you’ll be able to watch UFC – then you’ve got a few options. All of these premium streaming services work on Android, iOS, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku devices, as well as modern computer web browsers unless otherwise noted:
- Hulu includes ESPN as part of its $55-per-month Live TV plan. You can also add premium channels like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz, for an extra fee. Hulu can be used on your Xbox console, Samsung smart TV, and Vizio SmartCast TV as well as the devices listed above.
- Sling TV has two packages which include ESPN channels: The $30 per month Orange plan and the $45 per month Blue + Orange plan. Premium channels cost extra, although HBO and Cinemax are not available with Sling. Sling is now available on Roku devices and it can be used with LG and Samsung smart TVs as well as the Xbox One.
- YouTube TV, available for $50 per month with additional premium channel subscriptions on offer, comes with ESPN, although it also lacks HBO and Cinemax. You get unlimited DVR cloud storage, however. YouTube TV cannot be streamed on Fire devices (although that’s coming later this year), but it is available on the Xbox One.
- AT&T Now, formerly DirecTV Now, has the widest selection of packages and premium channels but it’s also more expensive on average than most other services. The “Plus” plan rings in at $55 per month while the “Max” plan comes to $80 per month. Both tiers include ESPN and the Max plan also comes with HBO Max, which is a nice bonus you won’t have to pay for as an add-on. DirecTV Now works on all of the standard streaming devices as well as Samsung smart TVs.