Catch every bone-crunching blow live and on demand.
It's not cheap being a UFC fan. Tickets for fights typically cost well in excess of $100 each, and that's not counting the hefty airfares necessary to follow the international competition as it flies from country to country. Even staying home and watching pay-per-view broadcasts can set you back a small fortune, with individual Fight Nights starting at $50 each. No matter what way you spin it, that's a lot of money.
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, you can watch hundreds of hours of UFC content, anytime and anywhere.
What is UFC Fight Pass?
Dubbed the "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, computers and mobile devices, UFC Fight Pass gives fans 24/7 access to the world of UFC.
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 fights 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.
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 a month; a 6-month contract will drop the cost to $8.99 a month; and signing up for 12 months will reduce it further to $7.99 a 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 Fight Pass, UFC also sells individual events for $49.99 in Standard Definition (SD) and $59.99 in High Definition (HD).
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.