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How to watch UFC 257 on ESPN+ PPV via live online stream

We go over how to watch the UFC’s first pay-per-view of 2021, which has the heftiest price tag in MMA history.

JANUARY 21: In this handout image provided by the UFC, Opponents Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor pose face off for media during the UFC 257 press conference event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 21, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC 257 will be one of the more anticipated recent cards in MMA, headlined by the return of Conor McGregor to the octagon. Though he’s the lesser-ranked fighter on the list of contenders against Dustin Poirier, he’s also the biggest draw in combat sports, and a huge favorite on the betting lines.

McGregor makes any bout where he competes a spectacle, and with limited fans allowed in the brand-new Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, this will be the first fight card in almost a year that could have some big-event feel. And it’s one fans of mixed martial arts have been anticipating.

Add to that rising stars such as Dan Hooker and Amanda Ribas, and you get a show many people will pay for across the world. So how do you watch it?

The prelims for UFC 257 will be live streamed on ESPN+, and are free for those that pay monthly for the channel. But everyone will need to pay for the last five fights on the main card, and that will be $69.99 added to your credit card by ESPN. You can click on the buy portion of the app to get the show in full.

Also keep in mind UFC President Dana White is making threats about arresting people for pirating the bouts as well. You can see that prices were raised about $5 per fight card from 2020 to 2021.