How to watch UFC 244 Masvidal vs Diaz online in Australia
The UFC's first unofficial BMF title is on the line this weekend as Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz come face to face at Madison Square Garden.
UFC 244 will be huge for MMA fans. Not only is this UFC's 500th live event, but it's headlined by a highly anticipated bout between two of the fiercest fighters in the sport, Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz.
After Diaz won against Anthony Pettis during UFC 241, he proclaimed himself to be the "baddest mother****er in the game" and issued a challenge to Masvidal. Which brings us to this weekend, when a celebratory "BMF" belt will be awarded to the winner.
The full card features plenty of action, including a Kelvin Gastelum vs Darren Till middleweight fight and a Stephen Thompson vs Vicente Luque welterweight bout. All in all, this is shaping up to be one of UFC's biggest nights of the year, a must-watch for mixed martial arts. Luckily, the event will be available in Australia, so you can tune in live and cheer on your favourites.
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When does UFC 244 Masvidal vs Diaz start?
The preliminary card is scheduled to start on Sunday 3 November at 11am AEDT. The main card will begin at 1pm AEDT.
Where is UFC 244 Masvidal vs Diaz?
UFC 244 will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
How to watch UFC 244 preliminary card
The main card is only available on pay-per-view, but the preliminary card will be live on ESPN. That means you can watch via Kayo Sports, Foxtel IQ, Foxtel Now and Fetch from 11am AEDT on Sunday. Here's a quick look at all your options:
How to live stream UFC 244 with Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world, both live and on demand. The list includes plenty of exciting MMA content, as ESPN broadcasts a lot of UFC events live. In other words, you can enjoy a fair share of action without breaking the bank. Not to mention the fact that you'll gain access to a generous content library and several excellent features that will help you stream your favourite events with ease.
For instance, SplitView lets you watch up to four videos at once on the same screen on selected devices, while Interactive Stats gives you an entire world of statistics and figures you can get lost in during a match. For those running late, you can hide scores using the No Spoilers setting or can jump straight to the action that matters in selected match-ups with Key Moments. And when you're short on time, Kayo Minis offer condensed versions of selected events that deliver the goods in less than 20 minutes. These are available shortly after the event concludes.
A Basic subscription to Kayo Sports costs $25/month and lets you stream on two different devices simultaneously, while a Premium subscription costs $35/month and allows you to watch on three different devices at once. Whichever option you choose, new users get a 14-day free trial. In other words, you can stream the UFC 244 preliminary card completely free, while also figuring out if the service is a good fit for you in the long run.
Kayo Sports is available via web or you can download the app to your iOS or Android smartphone/tablet. The platform is also compatible with Apple TV, Chromecast, Telstra TV and Android TV, so you can watch on the big screen. Read our Kayo Sports review to find out more about what the service has to offer.
How to watch with Foxtel IQ
ESPN is available with Foxtel IQ subscriptions that include the Sport HD pack $25/month, so you can watch the UFC 244 preliminary card on TV or stream the action to your mobile device or laptop with either Foxtel GO or WatchESPN. Both apps are free for Foxtel sports pack subscribers.
They also get the iQ4, the telco's advanced set-top box that lets you record live TV and watch content in 4K. The Sport channel pack can be added to your subscription on top of the base Foxtel Plus pack $49/month.
Not to worry, Foxtel IQ deals are always available, so you can save big on fees and installation costs or even score a discount if you're willing to bundle multiple channel packs.
How to live stream UFC 244 with Foxtel Now
Alternatively, you can stream ESPN with Foxtel Now, as the platform lets you watch Foxtel content live.
You will need the Sport pack, which is priced at $29/month, on top of the base Essentials pack, which is $25/month. This one comes with a mix of lifestyle and pop channels. As a result, you'll pay at least $54/month for Foxtel Now with the Sport pack.
Foxtel Now can be accessed via web and on smartphones and tablets with the Foxtel GO app. It's also compatible with Sony Android TVs, Chromecast/Airplay, Telstra TV, PS4 and the Foxtel Now box. New subscribers get a 10-day free trial to test-drive the platform.
How to watch with Fetch TV
ESPN is available on Fetch TV as part of the Vibe channel pack, which costs $6/month. The total price of your subscription will depend on whether you purchased a Fetch box through a broadband provider or you bought it outright.
How to watch UFC 244 Masvidal vs Diaz on pay-per-view
While you can watch/stream the preliminary card via Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Fetch TV, the main card is only available as a pay-per-view event, being broadcast from 1pm AEDT on Sunday. As a result, you'll need to purchase the fight to be able to tune in live or enjoy a replay later on. Here's how you can watch the Masvidal vs Diaz pay-per-view event live:
How to watch with Main Event
Foxtel subscribers can order the UFC 244 Masvidal vs Diaz fight from the Main Event website, the My Foxtel app, via remote or phone. If you're an Optus TV featuring Foxtel user you'll need to do it by phone, which incurs a $2 booking fee. The pay-per-view costs $54.95. After the fight, replays will be available at 7pm AEDT on 3 November and at 7am AEDT and 7pm AEDT on 4 November.
How to watch with UFC Fight Pass
You can also purchase UFC 244 through the official UFC website. You'll have to pay $60.49 to be able to stream the event in SD or $71.49 for the HD experience. Or, you can take advantage of a special deal and get the pay-per-view bundled with a discounted 6-month UFC Fight Pass subscription for $98.46.
UFC Fight Pass is compatible with desktops and laptops, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, iPad, iPhone, Android devices, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs and LG Smart TVs. There's a seven-day free trial for new customers.
How to watch on your PlayStation 4
Another way to watch the UFC 244 event is through your PS4 console. Find it under Live Events in the PlayStation Store for $71.49. If you're a PlayStation Plus member, you can purchase it at a discount for $64.34. Once bought, you can watch the fight through the "videos" menu.
How to watch with Fetch TV
The pay-per-view event is available to purchase via Fetch for $54.95. To order it, go to "Manage", then "Subscriptions" on your Fetch box. Once purchased, you'll be able to watch it live on your TV on Channel 991 or on your mobile device using the Fetch app.
UFC 244 Masvidal vs Diaz full card
Here's the full card for the highly anticipated UFC 244 event:
Main card (Main Event, UFC website, PS4, Fetch TV)
- Welterweight: Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz
- Middleweight: Kelvin Gastelum vs Darren Till
- Welterweight: Stephen Thompson vs Vicente Luque
- Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs Blagoy Ivanov
- Lightweight: Kevin Lee vs Gregor Gillespie
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV)
- Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson vs Johnny Walker
- Featherweight: Shane Burgos vs Makwan Amirkhani
- Middleweight: Brad Tavares vs Edmen Shahbazyan
- Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Early preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
- Women's Flyweight: Jennifer Maia vs Katlyn Chookagian
- Welterweight: Lyman Good vs Chance Rencountre
- Featherweight: Julio Arce vs Hakeem Dawodu
Who will win Masvidal vs Diaz?
There was some controversy ahead of the Sunday fight as Diaz claimed in a tweet that he won't be able to make the event due to a failed out-of-competition drug test. However, the fighter was exonerated shortly after by USADA, the UFC's anti-doping partner and the matter was resolved.
Diaz is a fans favourite and was welcomed with open arms when he made his long-awaited UFC return back in August following a three-year lay-off. He proved to be in great shape, winning the fight against Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision.
As for Masvidal, he also took a 16-month lay-off and returned this year, scoring 2 wins in the process, against Darren Till in March and Ben Askren in July. He won the Askren fight via a flying knee five seconds into the first round, marking the fastest knockout in UFC history.
All in all, the two are pretty evenly matched, although Diaz is perceived as the underdog. Even so, this fight is undoubtedly going to be massive, with the gimmick of the BMF making things that much more fun.
Which pubs are showing the Masvidal vs Diaz fight?
If none of the options above sound good, you may be able to tune in for the big fight at your favourite pub. Here's a list of all the pubs in Australia with access to Foxtel and therefore Main Event. Remember to call ahead and make sure the pub will broadcast the bout to avoid unpleasant surprises.
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