Catch every bone-crunching blow live and on-demand as we compare UFC Fight Pass, Foxtel Main Event, Kayo Sports and more.
It's not cheap being a UFC fan. Tickets for fights typically cost well in excess of $100 each and that's for seats way up the back. Plus you then need to look at the hefty airfares and accommodation necessary to follow the international competition as it flies from country to country. Even staying home and watching pay-per-view broadcasts can set UFC Australia fans back a small fortune. No matter what way you spin it, watching each and every fight of the 2019 UFC calendar is expensive.
However, there's another way to watch UFC that won't break the bank.
Much like Netflix, UFC offers a monthly subscription service called UFC Fight Pass that combines live coverage of a range of UFC events with a massive library of past fights from numerous combat disciplines. For a fifth of the price for a single Fight Night pay-per-view through Foxtel Main Event, you can watch hundreds of hours of UFC content, anytime and anywhere.
Additionally, if you are a UFC Australia fan, you can also catch selected events on ESPN via Foxtel and Kayo Sports. Here are all your options for watch UFC in Australia.
Option 1: Live streaming UFC in HD with Kayo
Kayo Sports offers selected parts of all the UFC Main Events with replays available as well. In almost all cases these are the four fights that make up the Undercard., not the full evening's fightpass. (The Main Card can only then be watched through UFC Fight Pass and Foxtel Main Event.) The streaming app Kayo Sports app is a new service that UFC Australia fans would do well to check out. As well as featuring over 50 sports, it has a tonne of exclusive viewing features (such as SplitView, picture-in-picture, Key Moments, hide scores and more).
UFC on Kayo Sports works with Macs/PCs, iOS and Android smartphones and laptops, ChromeCast, Telstra TV, Android TV and Apple TV. Subscribers get to choose between two price points - $25/month to be able to watch on two screens at the same time or $35/month to enjoy three simultaneous streams. A 14-day Kayo free trial is available for new customers, too, so you can check it out with ease.
Option 2: Live streaming UFC in HD with Foxtel
Foxtel broadcasts the same selected parts of UFC events, including live coverage of UFC Fight Night, as Kayo Sports. To be able to watch, you will need the Sport Package, which is a premium add-on to the standard entertainment package regardless of whether you subscribe to Foxtel Now or Foxtel IQ. The minimum price per month for these services is $40 and $68 respectively as a result.
Once subscribed to Foxtel IQ, you can watch UFC and MMA events on your TV. Alternatively, you can stream Foxtel content to your laptop or mobile device with the Foxtel GO app, which you get for free as a Foxtel client. UFC Australia fans can download the app from Google Play or the App Store, enter your Foxtel ID, and enjoy. To stream on your laptop, check out the Foxtel website.
Foxtel Now, on the other hand, is a purely streaming service, and therefore the better option for those who want to stream UFC. Foxtel Now works on PCs/Macs, mobile devices, Chromecast/Airplay, PS4, Telstra TV, and the Foxtel Now Box. New subscribers get a 10-day free trial.
To watch the Main Card of any UFC or MMA event, you can access the Foxtel Main Event pay-per-view experience. You will need to order Foxtel Main Event in advance and prices can vary depending on the magnitude of the clash, but expect to pay around $54.95.
What is the Foxtel Main Event fightpass?
Foxtel Main Event is the pay-per-view service that can be accessed through Foxtel. It is an extension of the Main Event website made more user-friendly in that you can purchase it through the TV you intend to watch UFC or MMA events through. Typically, given that getting the full UFC fightpass evening costs around $54.95, many Australians have taken to getting some mates around and splitting the cost to make it more affordable.
Option 3: Watching UFC with Fetch TV
Fetch is an official partner of the UFC. EDGEsport, available in the Vibe Pack, enables fans to watch weigh-ins, prelims, pre and post-fight shows and 20 of the 28 Fight Nights on channel 119, or on mobile devices using the Fetch app. You can also tune in for pay-per-view events on your TV on Channel 991, or on your mobile device using the Fetch app. Fights are available to purchase via your Fetch box two weeks before the fight.
The UFC Fight Night events are included in the Vibe Pack, which costs only $6/month. Although the total price of your Fetch subscription will change based on whether you get your Fetch box through a broadband provider or buy it outright. For the full UFC fightpass experience, however, you will still need to purchase the main UFC events through Main Event at $54.95 each.
Option 4: Watching UFC through PlayStation 4
It is possible to purchase and watch the full fightpass evening of UFC through a PlayStation 4. If you head to the LiveEvents section of the PlayStation Store, you can purchase access for $71.49 (or $64.34 if you are a PlayStation Plus member) and then watch it through the My Videos app. The experience is comparable to the UFC Fight Pass or Foxtel Main Event experiences.
Option 5: Streaming UFC with UFC Fight Pass
Dubbed "Netflix for fight fans", UFC Fight Pass is a subscription streaming service providing live and on-demand streams of the biggest fights and events on the UFC calendar. Compatible with TVs, PCs, Macs, and IOS and Android mobile devices and tablets, UFC Fight Pass gives fans 24/7 access to the world of UFC.
It's important to note that on the big main numbered UFC events, only the Undercard prelims are shown live through UFC Fight Pass. The Main Card is found live through Foxtel Main Event. However, these fights do come to UFC Fight Pass at a later date.
How do I sign up for UFC Fight Pass and what does it get me?
UFC Fight Pass is available via a monthly subscription and comes packed with plenty of bang for your buck. In addition, to live coverage of UFC events from all over the world, you'll get access to the world's largest fight library, a collection of original UFC programming and documentaries, and an archive of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. Subscribe to UFC Fight Pass and catch the latest UFC matches live from your computer, smart TV or smartphone.
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All live coverage on UFC Fight Pass is completely exclusive to the service. This includes unique Fight Pass events as well as the opening fights from every UFC event on the calendar, even pay-per-view events. Fight Pass also offers live, unrestricted access to all international UFC Fight Night events. US Fight Night events are not streamed live, but will be available on demand approximately 30 days after their ticket date.
Pay-per-view fights offered through UFC.TV are not available live through UFC Fight Pass. Full replays of these fights will make it to Fight Pass roughly one month later.
Beyond the UFC, Fight Pass features over 100 live combat sports events every year, including MMA events from Invicta FC, Pancrase, Victory FC, Titan FC, BRACE, Shooto Brazil, EFN, Cage Warriors, Shooto Japan, XFO, Vale Tudo Japan, Tech-KREP and AFC. For fans of kickboxing and submission grappling, Fight Pass also offers live coverage of GLORY and EBI events.
As the biggest collection of fights in the world, the UFC Fight Pass library covers over 25 different MMA and combat sports organisations, with more than 10,000 fights available to stream on demand from the likes of UFC, Strikeforce, PRIDE FC, WEC, Affliction, EliteXC, WFA, Invicta FC, Pancrase, King of the Cage, Cage Rage, Extreme Challenge, XFO, UCMMA, Hook N Shoot, TKO, King of the Cage, IVC, IMMAF, Shooto Brazil, Tuff-N-Uff, EFN, GLORY and EBI. The library is constantly growing, with hundreds of new fights added each month.
How much does UFC Fight Pass cost?
UFC Fight Pass operates on a monthly subscription model, with three different contract options available depending on how long you want to sign up for. A no-commitment, month-to-month contract will run you $9.99/month; a 6-month contract will drop the cost to $8.99/month; and signing up for 12 months will reduce it further to $7.99/month.
All three contracts currently come with a free seven-day trial, giving you a chance to test out Fight Pass with the option to cancel at any time within the seven days.
If you can't wait the 30 days for a pay-per-view event to make it to UFC Fight Pass, UFC also sells individual events at Standard Definition (SD - $60.49) and High Definition (HD - $71.49) price levels.
What devices are compatible with UFC Fight Pass?
UFC Fight Pass works with a wide range of modern devices, including computers, smart TVs, mobile phones and tablets.
To watch Fight Pass on your computer, you'll need to log in to the UFC Fight Pass website with either a Windows PC running Windows XP or later, or a Mac computer running OS X 10.4 or later. You'll also need Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or later and a compatible web browser. UFC recommends either Internet Explorer 6 or later, or Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or later.
If you want to keep up with all the UFC action while you're out and about, you'll want to download the UFC mobile app for your Apple or Android device. The iOS UFC app supports iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices running iOS 8.0 and up, while software requirements for the Android UFC app vary by device, so you'll need to load the Google Play store page on your phone or tablet to determine whether it's compatible.
Plenty of options are available for watching Fight Pass content on your TV. If you've got an Apple TV, an Amazon Fire TV or an Xbox One/Xbox 360 gaming console, you'll find the UFC app available in each of their respective app stores. Similarly, if you own a Samsung, LG or Sony smart TV, you can download the UFC app through each of their digital marketplaces.
Alternatively, the UFC mobile app supports streaming to both Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay devices over a local Wi-Fi network.
How much data does UFC Fight Pass use?
The amount of data UFC Fight Pass uses depends on both the length of a given fight and the video quality you're streaming it in. Fight Pass requires a minimum 750kbps Internet connection to stream in SD and a solid 3Mbps connection to stream in HD.
A single fight might only go for around 15 minutes, which comes out at approximately 85MB for SD and 225MB for HD. However, a full UFC event often runs for around 3 hours, which works out at roughly 990MB for SD and 4GB for HD.
Option 6: Watching UFC and MMA on free-to-air
In 2018 there was a landmark deal, whereby Network Ten got to broadcast two major UFC events live and free through the course of the year. As a side bonus, MMA fans could watch the new season of The Ultimate Fighter. All events were shown on the station's digital channel, One. The deal marked the first time UFC Australia fans could watch UFC or MMA events on free-to-air TV, but so far in 2019 another deal has not been announced. UFC Fight Pass and Foxtel Main Event retain control.
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