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The Ultimate Fighting Championship—UFC—has grown its viewership quickly over the past few years. This is thanks to the rise and fame of people like Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey.
Now, the UFC is far and away the most popular mixed martial arts company in the world, and it even ranks as one of the world’s most valuable sports companies along with competitors like Puma, Adidas, and Sky Sports.
Although the sport is well-known and heavily watched, watching a fight is not as easy as watching a Premier League game. The UFC shows its high-profile fights—the numbered events—through pay-per-view service. In 2018, the UFC averaged just shy of 500,000 viewers for each pay-per-view event.
The actual number of viewers is surely higher as many fans will watch together and share the cost of the price, typically around $70, while others will go to their local bar who’s paid for the event.
If you’re new to UFC, and you want to watch at home, you’ll likely want to find a way to get around the steep pay-per-view cost. Luckily, there are ways—the following are your best ways to watch UFC pay-per-view free.
Get a VPN
The first thing you need to do before trying to watch UFC for free online is find a quality VPN as they provide immense benefits to all internet users. Virtual private networks increase your online safety by creating a secure tunnel to access the internet.
This secure tunnel allows you to surf the internet as you normally would while your IP address remains hidden. This is because the VPN assigns you a new IP address thereby disguising your computer.
As your IP address is hidden, your physical location is also hidden meaning your internet search results are not subject to your geographical location. What’s more, the best VPNs allow you to choose your preferred location.
If you’re in the UK, but you want to watch something on Netflix in the United States, you can use your VPN to watch Netflix in the US by selecting the country when you turn on your VPN.
Finding Free UFC Streams for Live Watching
The easiest way to watch a UFC pay-per-view fight for free online is through an online video streaming service. These websites often have various categories of sports that hold all the fights and games shown on any given day.
The problem with using online streams is that they are not the safest websites. Online streaming a private event like a UFC pay-per-view fight is not legal—therefore, these websites operate in the shadows. Many of the websites are caught, taken down, or moved to different domain names.
Most of the websites will have a lot of click advertisements, and they may be taking your online information. For that reason, it’s important to access these websites only when using a reliable VPN service. Furthermore, you should brush up on online privacy and internet safety before visiting any of these websites.
With that said, the following sites are places to check out if you’re looking to watch a pay-per-view fight for free online.
BuffStreams is a live streaming site that holds content for all sorts of sporting events. Here, you can find UFC big-ticket fights, formula 1, football, American football, and plenty of others. Often, you can find several streams for one event that range in quality and even language.
MamaHD is a website tailored to fans of the UFC and any other fighting sports. Users can visit the website shortly before an event to find a suitable stream. The website always has pay-per-view fights for free in addition to other UFC events. Streams are reputable, in HD, and lag-free.
Like the two previous websites, CrackStreams is a popular website for those who want to watch paid sporting events for free. Here, you can find all the UFC’s pay-per-view events live for free.
When you sign up for an account with ESPN+, you get full access to all the UFC’s content. Each subscription comes with UFC Fight Night, exclusive content, and pay-per-view fights. The subscription costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 for a year when you pay upfront.
However, ESPN+ is restricted to only those within the United States. That said, as long as you have a VPN, you can access the internet from an IP address from the US, thereby unlocking ESPN+ regardless of where you live.
For those that are outside of the US who don’t want to use a VPN, DAZN is your best option. The service is available in various European countries, Brazil, Japan, the US, and Canada. DAZN is a sports streaming service similar to ESPN+ that has access to all of the UFC’s events, including pay-per-view fights.
For those in the UK, DAZN will cost £7.99 per month. In the EU, DAZN costs €9.99 per month or €99.99 per year.
The Bottom Line
The UFC is an exciting company that holds some of the world’s greatest entertainers. On any given big-ticket event, the UFC will show several fights with incredible athletes that make for a captivating experience. Unfortunately, these big-ticket events are held behind the paywall that is the pay-per-view model.
You can watch these events if you pay the one-off fee, have a subscription service that includes the fights, or attend a paid event like a bar or restaurant that puts the fight on for customers.
However, there are more stealthy ways to access these pay-per-view events for free. They require the use of a quality VPN and an adequate online streaming website. Before visiting one of these sites— like those mentioned above— be sure to check that your VPN is active.