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 253 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 253: Adesanya vs Costa on your Roku device or Roku TV:
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How to Order UFC 253
The first step to watching UFC 253 on your Roku is to purchase the PPV. When doing so, you have a couple different options, which depend on whether or not you already have a subscription to ESPN+:
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 253 ($64.99 value) for $84.98, which works out to about 26 percent savings:
If You Already Have ESPN+: You can buy the UFC 253 PPV by itself for $64.99 right here. Or, if you currently have a monthly subscription (and don’t have the Disney+ bundle), you can also get the special package deal. In that case, you’ll simply extend your current ESPN+ subscription by a year and get the UFC 253 PPV for a total of $84.98.
How to Watch UFC 253 on Roku
Once you’re signed up for ESPN+ and have purchased the UFC 253 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 you’re 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 253 main card
Where Else Can You Watch UFC 253?
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:
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+?
Here’s a look at the UFC on ESPN+ upcoming schedule:
|Date||Event||Early Prelims||Prelims||Main Card|
|Sat, Sep. 26||UFC 253: Adesanya vs Costa||ESPN2/ESPN+||ESPN+ PPV|
|Sat, Oct. 3||UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Aldana||ESPN+||ESPN/ESPN+|
|Sat, Oct. 10||UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Sat, Oct. 17||UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Sat, Oct. 24||UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje||ESPN+||ESPN2/+||ESPN+ PPV|
|Sat, Sep 19||UFC 253: Adesanya vs Costa||ESPN/ESPN+||ESPN/ESPN+||ESPN+ PPV|
What Other UFC Content is on ESPN+?
In addition to the aforementioned live events, ESPN+ also comes with an extensive library of on-demand UFC content.
If you’re looking for individual fighters, there are dedicated sections for Conor McGregor (fights vs Eddie Alvarez, Chad Mendes and Khabib Nurmagomedov), Anderson Silva (fights vs Chael Sonnen, Rich Franklin, Chris Leben, Nick Diaz, Michael Bisping and Stephan Bonnar), Max Holloway (fights vs Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas), Michael Bisping (fights vs Luke Rockhold, Silva, Dan Henderson, Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum), Brock Lesnar (fights vs Shane Carwin, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir) and others.
If you just want to binge a random assortment of memorable UFC moments, there are also sections broken up by different themes, such as UFC Reloaded (full event replays of recent PPV’s and Fight Nights), UFC Unleashed (top fights organized into different 45-minute videos), UFC Main Event (provides backstories to certain fights), UFC Top 10 (best submission artists, knockout artists, upsets, title fights, etc.) and UFC 25 Greatest Fights (over 12 hours of content breaking down the top fights in history).
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 Serie A, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Copa del Rey matches in the US. Also includes EFL, Coppa Italia, Copa America, 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 exclusive coverage of every Wimbledon and US Open match not televised on the ESPN or ESPN2
- International cricket: Matches featuring New Zealand, India and others
- International Rugby: Including Guinness PRO14 and Super Rugby matches
- MLB: One daily out-of-market game
- NHL: One daily out-of-market game
- MLS: All out-of-market matches
Documentaries & Films
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.
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