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Photo: UFC263 poster

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is owned and operated by Endeavor Group Holdings along with Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and MSD Capital via Zuffa, LLC. It is the largest MMA promotion company in the world and features some of the highest-level fighters in the sport on its roster. The UFC produces events worldwide that showcase twelve weight divisions (eight men's divisions and four women's divisions) and abides by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. As of 2020, the UFC has held over 500 events. Dana White has been UFC president since 2001. Under White's stewardship, the UFC has grown into a globally popular multi-billion-dollar enterprise.

UFC live stream: how to watch MMA online for FREE and low paid in the UK and Ireland

BT Sport

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Photo: BT Sport

In the UK and Ireland, BT Sport has exclusive broadcast rights to UFC events. The good news for subscribers is that every UFC Fight Night is shown on BT Sport as standard - check your TV listings before each event for the exact channel and times, but they're almost always there complete with prelim coverage and post-fight analysis.

The even better news is that those 'numbered' events we've talked about are increasingly being shown on BT Sport at no extra cost - while in the rest of the world they remain pricey PPV-only offerings. This isn't always the case, but when it is, folks in the UK really luck out.

The broadcaster's coverage of UFC is also available via the BT Sport app and on its website, so you can live stream UFC on most devices these days - and don't forget that you can now get BT Sport without a massive commitment thanks to a BT Sport Monthly Pass.

Timings vary, especially for UFC Fight Night events as they're held all over the world, but big cards generally see coverage start at around 1am BST on the relevant Saturday night/Sunday morning, with the main fights getting underway at around 3am.

Sky Sports

Sky Sports is a group of British subscription television sports channels operated by the satellite pay-TV company Sky, a division of Comcast. Sky Sports is the dominant subscription television sports brand in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It has played a major role in the increased commercialisation of British sport since 1991, sometimes playing a large role in inducing organisational changes in the sports it broadcasts, most notably when it encouraged the Premier League to break away from the Football League in 1992.

Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League, Football, Cricket, Golf, F1, Action, and Arena are available as a premium package on top of the basic Sky package. These channels are also available as premium channels on nearly every satellite, cable and IPTV broadcasting system in the UK and Ireland. Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Racing, and Sky Sports Mix are all provided as part of basic packages. The Sky Sports network is managed by Rob Webster.

BT TV

If you have BT TV you'll be pleased to know that you get BT Sport in standard definition for free. If you want to see the fights in shiny HD, you'll have to pay an extra £5 per month on top of your current subscription.

You can find more information on the best sports TV packages on our Sky, Virgin Media and BT provider pages.

Watch Live UFC streaming with a VPN in UK and Ireland

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Photo: TheSportsRush

Obviously, the first step is to get a VPN that fits your budget. If you’re currently penny-pinching, you need not worry. ExpressVPN offer affordable plans, money-back guarantees, and free trials. It costs you absolutely nothing to catch watch UFC online free of charge.

Signing up for a VPN service is easy because most of them have similar procedures. The general procedure goes like this:

Go to the VPN’s official website (we recommend ExpressVPN) and sign up for an account

Download the VPN app and install it on your computer or mobile device.

Open the app and connect to a server location where the UFC does not blackout fights. Servers that are geographically close to you will have faster speeds.

Make sure that you’ve successfully connected to the server.

Go to the UFC website or app and log in with your Fight Pass account.

Enjoy UFC live stream free online with no additional cost from VPN providers or extra broadcasting rights!

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Recommended VPNs for you to choose in UK

1. ExpressVPN

2. NordVPN

3. Surfshark

4. Hotspot Shield

5. CyberGhost

UFC 2021 Schedule

EVENT

DATE

MAIN EVENT

WEIGHT CLASS

LOCATION

UFC Fight Night

June 19

Korean Zombie vs. Dan Ige

Featherweights

Las Vegas

UFC Fight Night

June 26

Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov

Heavyweights

Las Vegas

UFC 264

July 10

Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor

Lightweights

Las Vegas

UFC Fight Night

July 17

Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez

Featherweights

Las Vegas

UFC Fight Night

July 24

Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw

Bantamweights

Las Vegas

UFC 265

Aug. 7

Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Julianna Pena

Bantamweight title

TBD

UFC Fight Night

Aug. 21

Jared Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Middleweights

Las Vegas

UFC 266

Sept. 4

Jan Blachowicz (c) vs. Glover Teixeira

Light heavyweight title

TBD

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