The UFC is holding its final numbered event of the year tonight and we have all the details on how you can watch Jorge Masvidal defend his Welterweight title against Kamaru Usman. Whether you’re rooting for Masvidal, Kamaru Usman or just want to see the UFC’s last pay-per-view event of the year, we’ll show you exactly how to watch UFC 261 from anywhere in the world.
After defeating Alex Perez in round 1 by submission at UFC 256 just 41 days ago, Deiveson “Deus Da Guerra” Usman will return to the octagon to take on Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Burns in another flyweight title bout. In fact, tonight’s fight will be the quickest turnaround in UFC championship history as Masvidal verbally agreed to defend his belt against Usman less than two hours after defeating Perez.
UFC 261 Live Stream
While the stakes are high for Jorge Masvidal, they’re also high for Usman as a win tonight would make him the first Mexican UFC champion. Usman is going into tonight’s fight with a three fight win streak after defeating Brandon Royval by knockout in round 1 at UFC 255, Jussier Formiga by decision in round 3 back in March and Kai Kara-France by knockout in round 3 in December of last year.
UFC 261’s co-main event will see the highly anticipated return of Tony Ferguson after his loss to Justin Gaethje that ended a 12 fight win streak back in May. Ferguson will take on Charles Oliveira, who is on a seven win fight streak, in a lightweight bout.
Elsewhere on the card, Mackenzie Dern and Virna Jandiroba will meet in the octagon for a women’s strawweight bout, Kevin Holland will face off against Jacare Souza in a middleweight bout and Junior Dos Santos will go up against Ciryl Gane in a heavyweight bout.
UFC 261 – When and where?
UFC 261 will be held at the UFC Apex, Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, March 27, 2021. The Early Prelims will kick off at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT, the Prelims will follow after at 8pm ET / 5pm PT and the Main Card will start at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.
How to watch UFC 261 from anywhere
We have all the details on how you can watch UFC 261 in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia further down in this guide. However, if you’re currently traveling or live in a country without an official broadcast option you won’t be able to watch Masvidal vs Usman live.
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How to watch UFC 261 in the U.S.
Since the UFC has entered into an exclusive agreement with ESPN until 2025, the network’s streaming service ESPN+ is the only place where you’ll be able to to watch the UFC 261 PPV in the U.S. If you already have an ESPN+ subscription, you can purchase access to the PPV for $65 whether you’re a monthly or annual subscriber. However, if you haven’t signed up for ESPN+ yet, the network is running a promotion where you can get the UFC 261 PPV and an annual subscription to the streaming service for just $84.98. While this may seem expensive at first, an annual ESPN+ subscription normally costs $50 on its own.
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MMA fans with a cable subscription will be able to watch the Early Prelims at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT as well as the Prelims at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. However, you will need to purchase the PPV and have an ESPN+ subscription to watch the Main Card at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.
Don’t want to sign up for cable just to watch the Early Prelims and Prelims on ESPN? Don’t worry as there are now a number of streaming services, all at different price points, which will give you access to the network so you can watch all the action before the Main Card online. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below to make things easier for you.
*Hulu with Live TV – $54.99 per month – As well as giving you access to ESPN, the service also includes its own Hulu Originals and supports a wide variety of streaming devices.
*Sling TV – $30 per month – In order to get access to ESPN, you’ll have to sign up for Sling TV’s Sling Orange package. The service also lets you watch on three screens simultaneously and record live TV with its Cloud DVR.
*YouTube TV – $65 per month – YouTube TV gives you access to ESPN as well as over 70 other TV channels and a free 14-day trial available.
*AT&T TV Now – $55 per month – AT&T TV Now’s plus plan gives you access to ESPN as well as over 45 other live TV channels and you can also record up to 20 hours of content using its cloud DVR.
Live stream UFC 261 in Canada
Unlike in the US, Canadian UFC fans have plenty of options to watch this Saturday’s UFC 261 PPV as Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus , Eastlink and UFC Fight Pass will all show the Main Card at 10pm ET / 7pm PT for $64.99.
The Prelims will begin two hours earlier at 8pm ET / 5pm PT and you can watch them on either TSN or RDS. You can also watch the Early Prelims in Canada at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT on either UFC Fight Pass or TSN.
If you have a cable subscription, then ordering the PPV from your cable provider might be the easiest way to watch it. However, if you’ve already cut the cord, then UFC Fight Pass makes a great deal of sense as it will give you access to both the Early Prelims and the Main Card.
How to watch UFC 261 in the UK
Just like with previous UFC events, UFC 261 will be available exclusively through BT Sport in the UK. If you’re already a BT Sport subscriber, you’ll be able to watch the Main Card for free beginning at 3am GMT early Sunday morning on BT Sport 1. If that’s a bit late for you don’t worry as the network has a spoiler-free replay page so you can watch UFC’s Main Card at your convenience. You can also stream UFC on your smartphone using the BT Sport app and on your computer via the network’s website. If you’re not interested in signing up for a lengthy contract with BT, you can always purchase a BT Sport Monthly Pass for just £25.
The Early Prelims will begin at 1am GMT and you can watch them on UFC Fight Pass or BT Sport 1 while the Prelims will only be shown on UFC Fight Pass at 12:30am GMT.
Watch UFC 261 in Australia
Australian UFC fans also have several options to watch UFC 261’s Main Card as it will be shown on Main Event, Fetch TV and on UFC Fight Pass at 2pm AEDT on Satday, April 24.
The PPV itself costs $54.95 but you will need a subscription to UFC Fight Pass to watch the Early Prelims at 11:30am AEDT and the Prelims at 12pm AEDT. Cable subscribers will also be able to watch the Prelims on ESPN in Australia.