Fighters are returning to the octagon as UFC 249 welcomes a stacked card to VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Florida in a return to live action sports.
After ordering the UFC 248 PPV through ESPN+, you can then watch the fights on your computer, phone, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or any other connected-to-TV streaming device via the ESPN app.
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How to Order UFC 249 If You Don’t Have ESPN+
You can get a special bundle deal that includes a one-year subscription to ESPN+ ($49.99 value) and UFC 249 ($64.99 value) for $84.98, which works out to about 26 percent savings:
Or, if you want to purchase them separately, you can first subscribe to a month of ESPN+ right here ($4.99 for ESPN+, or $12.99 for a bundle of ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+), and then follow the below directions for existing ESPN+ subscribers.
However, with the amount of UFC (and other sports) content on ESPN+, most MMA fans are probably going to keep ESPN+ long-term, meaning the value of the bundle is the better way to go if you don’t already have ESPN+.
How to Order UFC 249 If You Already Have ESPN+
Current ESPN+ subscribers can purchase the UFC 249 PPV by itself right here. Make sure you’re logged into your ESPN+ account, then select the “Only looking for UFC 249? Get it for $64.99 here” link:
Additionally, if you want the special bundle price, you can still get it even if you’re already an ESPN+ subscriber. The only difference is instead of starting a new ESPN+ subscription, you’ll just extend your current subscription by a year and get the UFC 249 PPV for a total of $84.98. You can get that bundle right here:
Where to Watch UFC 249
Once you’re signed up for ESPN+ and you’ve purchased the PPV, there are a number of different ways you can watch Ferguson vs Gaethje and the complete UFC 249 main card.
You can watch the fights on your computer via ESPN.com, or you can watch on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or other compatible streaming device via the ESPN app.
For all of those options, you’ll need to sign in with your ESPN+ account to watch both the prelims (ESPN+) and the main card (ESPN+ PPV).
UFC 249 Preview
There will be two belts on the line as the UFC returns to live action. But there are still many questions around the fighting organization’s return and if it was too soon.
What made news on Friday was that Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who was scheduled to fight Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout, tested positive for coronavirus. Despite that, the night is expected to go on as planned, sans that scrap. Souza lives and trains in Florida.
“UFC’s medical team examined Souza and his two cornermen and found them to be currently asymptomatic, or not exhibiting the common symptoms of COVID-19,” the promotion said in a statement. “As per UFC’s health and safety protocols, all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely and will provide assistance with any necessary treatment.”
UFC President Dana White said that the promotion did through testing leading up to the fights.
“We administered 1,200 tests this week, on 300 people,” UFC president Dana White said. “It’s not unexpected one person would test positive. The system works. And what’s good about this is now we know Jacare tested positive, he’s doing what he needs to do, and we’re in a position to help him if he needs it.”
As for the fights still happening, there will be two belts on the line — the interim lightweight belt and the batamweight belt.
Here is the full lineup for the highly-anticipated card:
- Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje: Interim lightweight title fight
- Henry Cejudo (champ) vs. Dominick Cruz: bantamweight title fight
- Francis Ngannou vs. Jair Rozenstruik: Heavyweight
- Calvin Kattar vs. Jeremy Stephens: Featherweight
- Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro: Heavyweight
- Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone: Welterweight
- Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price: Welterweigh
- Fabricio Werdum vs. Aleksei Oleinik: Heavyweight
- Ronaldo Souza vs. Uriah Hall: Middleweight
- Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson:- Women’s strawweight
- Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa: Featherweight
- Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey: Light heavyweight
Ferguson has waited patiently to get in the win for a shot at the title, although it was supposed to be against the champ Khabib Nurmagomedov (hence the interim tag on the fight). However, Nurmagomedov, but he has been unable to leave Russia.
In the other title fight, Henry Cejudo is defending his title for the first time against Dominick Cruz, who hasn’t fought since losing to Cody Garbrandt in 2016.