UFC pay-per-views can only be ordered exclusively through ESPN+, and because you can no longer order these events through your cable provider, you’ll need a connected-to-TV streaming device if you want to watch the upcoming UFC 279 and any future PPV events on your TV.
One of the more popular such devices is the Roku. There has been some previous confusion about how to order PPV’s through ESPN+ and then watch on your TV, so here’s a complete guide on how to order and watch UFC 279: Chimaev vs Diaz on your Roku device or Roku TV:
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How to Order UFC 279 PPV
If You Don’t Have ESPN+
You can buy a special bundle that includes a one-year subscription to ESPN+ ($99.99 value) and the UFC 279 PPV ($74.99 value) for $124.98. That’s work out to savings of $50 or about 29 percent:
Or, if you want to purchase them separately, you can first subscribe to a month of ESPN+ right here ($9.99 for ESPN+, or $13.99 for a bundle of ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+), 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+.
If You Have ESPN+
Current ESPN+ subscribers can buy the UFC 279 PPV by itself for $74.99 right here:
Additionally, if you only have ESPN+, there is also the option to upgrade to the Disney Bundle (ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+) and purchase the PPV for a total $88.98:
How to Watch UFC 279 on Roku
Once you’re signed up for ESPN+ and have purchased the UFC 279 PPV, you can then watch the fights through the ESPN channel on your Roku device. Here’s how:
- 1. Navigate to your Roku home screen
- 2. Scroll down and select “STREAMING CHANNELS” to access the Roku Channel Store
- 3. Select “SEARCH CHANNELS” and then type in “ESPN”
- 4. Find the ESPN Channel and select “ADD CHANNEL”
- 4a. If you opted to create a Roku account PIN when setting up your device, you’ll need to enter it
- 5. Return to your home screen and open the now-installed ESPN channel
- 6. Sign into the ESPN+ account you used to purchase the PPV
- 7. Go back to the “FEATURED” tab and select the UFC 279 main card
Where Else Can You Watch UFC 279?
If you don’t want to watch on your Roku, you can do so on any other phone, tablet or streaming device that supports the ESPN app. This includes, but isn’t limited to:
Amazon Firestick or Fire TV
iPhone or iPad
Android phone or tablet
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).
What Other Events are Upcoming on ESPN+?
Not only will every UFC PPV be available for purchase exclusively through ESPN+, but you’ll also be able to watch the prelims at every event, as well as every “Fight Night” main card with a regular ESPN+ subscription.
Here’s a complete look at the list of upcoming UFC events, and where you can watch them:
|Date||Event||Early Prelims||Prelims||Main Card|
|Sat, Sep 10||UFC 279: Chimaev vs Diaz||ESPN+||ESPNNews/ESPN+||ESPN+ PPV|
|Sat, Sep 17||Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Song||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Sat, Oct 1||Fight Night: Dern vs Yan||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Sat, Oct 15||Fight Night: Grasso vs Araujo||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Sat, Oct 22||UFC 280: Oliveira vs Makhachev||ESPN+||ESPNNews/ESPN+||ESPN+ PPV|
|Sat, Nov 12||UFC 281: Adesanya vs Pereira||ESPN+||ESPNNews/ESPN+||ESPN+ PPV|
What Other Content is on ESPN+?
In addition to UFC, ESPN+ features a wide array of other live sports. In almost every case, sports or events that are on ESPN+ won’t be on any other channels in the United States.
- International Soccer: ESPN+ has exclusive rights to all La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Copa del Rey matches in the US. Also includes EFL, Coppa Italia, A-League, Dutch Eredivisie, Indian Super League, W-League and more
- Boxing: Dozens of Top Rank fights, which includes Vasyl Lomachenko and Tyson Fury
- College Sports: Hundreds of football and men’s and women’s basketball games (including many Big 12 games), as well as lacrosse, hockey, wrestling, volleyball, softball, baseball, swimming, gymnastics and more
- Tennis: Grand Slam events, including coverage of Wimbledon and US Open
- International cricket: Matches featuring New Zealand, India and others
- International Rugby: Including Guinness PRO14 and Super Rugby matches
- NHL: Every out-of-market game, as well as one ESPN+ exclusive game per week
- MLB: Daily out-of-market games
- MLS: Most out-of-market matches
Documentaries & Films
Every documentary in the entire 30 for 30 library, including classics such Chuck & Tito, Nature Boy and I Hate Christian Laettner, is included in the vast ESPN+ on-demand movie library.
Additionally, a lot of ESPN documentaries and films that aren’t included in the actual 30 for 30 series are also available on ESPN+, such as D. Wade: Life Unexpected, Venus vs, The ’99ers and others.
The list of ESPN+ originals continues to grow. It includes Ariel & The Bad Guy, Peyton’s Places, The Boardroom with Kevin Durant, NBA Rooks, The Fantasy Show and Alex Morgan: The Equalizer.