ESPN+ is a premium streaming service that launched last year and brought sports fully into the digital internet age. ESPN+ was a specially welcome sight for cord-cutters, as it allows sports fans to stream more than 1,500 live events along with all sort of other content like interviews, press conferences, and exclusive shows – and given ESPN’s cozy relationship with UFC, it’s also the place to watch the UFC 243 live stream on pay-per-view this weekend.
ESPN and UFC have stated that the mixed martial arts (MMA) company’s pay-per-view events will be broadcast exclusively on the network’s ESPN+ digital subscription service through 2025, starting with UFC 236 on 13th April. Anyone who wants to purchase the PPVs, which usually feature the biggest names in the sport and take place once a month, will need a subscription to ESPN+, which costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year and is accessed through the company’s mobile app or ESPN.com.
Watch UFC 243 Main Card on ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET):
- Middleweight title unification bout: Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya
- Lightweight: Dan Hooker vs. Al Iaquinta
- Heavyweight: Sergey Spivak vs. Tai Tuivasa
- Welterweight: Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
- Women’s Bantamweight: Raquel Pennington vs Holly Holm
What is ESPN+?
ESPN+ is ESPN’s OTT subscription service. It works as an extension of the ESPN app you probably already have on your mobile device. Ever notice the live events, articles, or series tagged with a gold “E+” in the corner of the app? Those are the ones that are locked behind the ESPN+ paywall. It’s literally thousands of events per year, including the aforementioned 20 UFC Fight Nights and a bunch of exclusive Top Rank boxing events. You’ll also get all of the best 30 for 30 episodes, daily MLB action, every out-of-market MLS game, international soccer, and more college sports than you’ll know what to do with.
ESPN+ is also starting to ramp up its original series as well. It’s best known for Kobe Bryant’s Detail, but there are three shows that will be of interest to MMA fans: UFC Destined, Ariel & the Bad Guy, and Dana White’s Contender Series. Your ESPN+ subscription also gives you fewer ads across the ESPN network.
How To Sign Up For ESPN +
You can sign up for the service by updating your mobile app or even deleting it and downloading again. But the least frustrating way to do so may be via a computer.
Signing up via the ESPN App
First of all depending on what device you have take note. On mobile devices, you do not access ESPN + via the “Watch ESPN App” You will need to download the “ESPN” app. This is the one that was primarily used for scores and highlights. The “Watch ESPN” app is still in many cases set up to be a TV everywhere app for subscribers to the TV Network. Also be sure you have an ESPN account already.
- Download the ESPN App.
- Click Login (or create a login).
- Choose whether you will sign in with Facebook or an email
- Enter your email address or follow the Facebook prompts
- Enter your credit card info
- Click on the Play button or where it says Introducing ESPN +.
- To start your free preview click on any video and you will be prompted.
How to watch ESPN+ on your TV
- Open the ESPN App on your streaming device. If it’s not yet installed, get it from your device app or channel store.
- Highlight the settings gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Click to enter the settings menu.
- Open Account Information.
- Choose Login to ESPN Account to see your activation code.
- Visit es.pn/activate on your phone, tablet, or PC.
- Follow the directions on the site to login with your ESPN+ account.
- Your TV will confirm when you’ve successfully linked your account.
- Back on the ESPN TV App main screen, select ESPN+.
- Now your TV is all set up to watch ESPN+ content.
The ESPN+ section has live content and original shows including documentaries all waiting for you. Just select the ESPN+ section each time you open the app to see what’s new.
If You Don’t Have ESPN+
New subscribers to ESPN+ can get a special deal that includes a one-year subscription to ESPN+ ($49.99 value) and UFC 242 ($59.99 value) for $79.98. You can purchase that bundle right here.
Essentially, you’re getting the UFC PPV for $5 cheaper than it used to be through UFC’s digital platforms, you’re getting a year of ESPN+ (more on what that fully includes can be found below) for a discounted $20, and then for any future PPV’s you want in the next year, you’ll just have buy them individually like normal.
Or, if you want to purchase them separately, you can sign up for a month of ESPN+ for $4.99 right here, and then once you’re signed in buy UFC 242 separately for $59.99 right here.
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 Already Have ESPN+
You can order UFC 242 right here for $59.99. If you’re not already signed into your ESPN+ account, you’ll sign in after selecting “Buy Now” and the price will change to $59.99.
Just like other events on ESPN+, once you’ve purchased the PPV, you can then watch the fights on your computer via ESPN.com, or 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.