UFC 281 will bring two title fights to New York City’s Madison Square Garden on November 12. UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will defend his title against Alex Pereira, while women’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza will take on Zhang Weili.
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Adesanya is undefeated at middleweight in 12 UFC fights; Pereira has quickly risen to the top of the weight class, winning three fights since his UFC debut in November 2021. Esparza has won six straight fights dating back to 2019, claiming the strawweight title with a split decision win over Rose Namajunas in May. Weili lost the strawweight title to Namajunas in 2021 but won her last fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in June.
Fan favorite Dustin Poirier will also return to the octagon for his first fight of 2022 against former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler. Poirier’s last fight was for the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 269, where he lost to Charles Oliveira.
How to watch UFC 281 Live
You can watch the main event of UFC 281 on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET on November 12. The main card requires an ESPN+ subscription ($10/month) and an extra pay-per-view fee of $75.
Before the main event, the early prelims will be broadcast at 6 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass, and the prelims will be aired at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNews and ESPN+ without an extra fee.
You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung smart TVs, and more.
- Date: Saturday, November 12
- Time: 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT (Main Event)
- Location: New York City
- Venue: Madison Square Garden
Where to Watch UFC 281 Israel Adesanya vs Alex Pereira
You’ll need ESPN Plus to watch UFC 281 live streams — and all the upcoming numbered UFC PPVS — so let’s talk about the best deal to make this happen. And this is the last UFC PPV before the upcoming ESPN Plus price
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You can get UFC 281 plus a year of ESPN Plus for $99.98, which is savings of $45 (ESPN Plus costs $69.99 per year, and UFC 281 costs $74.99). Starting September 23, ESPN Plus goes up to $9.99 per month and $99.99 per year, so annual pricing is ripe for the picking.
The main prelim fights are on both ABC and ESPN, so those who haven’t subscribed to the latter can get a taste of it before forking out the cash.
ESPN is available on most cable packages and two of the best streaming services: Sling TV (Orange) and fuboTV. ABC is not on Sling, but it is on fuboTV.
UFC 281 Early Prelim fights start at 6 p.m. ET on UFC FightPass(opens in new tab), which is $9.99 monthly. Then, the higher-up set of the prelim fights start at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Plus.
- Existing ESPN Plus subscribers
If you already enjoy the fruits of ESPN Plus, then it’s very straightforward. It’s a classic pay-per-view scenario, and you’ll need to spend $74.99 to watch UFC 281.
- UFC 281 + ESPN Plus
You’re gonna need ESPN Plus to stream the UFC 281. While UFC 281 live streams cost $74.99 (on top of ESPN Plus), new subscribers and those on current monthly plans can save $45 by getting UFC 281 and the annual ESPN Plus subscription for $99.98. That subscription will renew at $99.99 for your second year.
- Sling TV
ESPN is available with the Sling TV Orange + Sports Extra combo package. This also gets you the MLB Network, ESPN U, and more.
How to Stream UFC 281 in the UK and Australia
UFC 281 is another late-night affair for fight night fans in the UK — you’ll likely see Adesanya vs. Pereira start at approximately 5 a.m. BST (on Sunday morning) if you’re tuning in live. It’s live on BT Sport Box Office(opens in new tab), which costs £19.95. Prelims are on UFC Fight Pass.
How to Watch UFC 281 Live Stream in Canada
Our neighbors in the great white north will watch the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, while the prelims are on TSN and RDS. UFC 281’s main card is available on various providers, including BELL and Rogers.
The available options for live-streaming UFC 281 include:
- Hulu + Live TV
- Sling TV
- YouTube TV
- Sony LIV
Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN Plus)
- Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira for Adesanya’s UFC middleweight title
- Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili for Esparza’s UFC women’s strawweight title
- Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler; Lightweight
- Frankie Edgar vs. Chris Gutierrez; Bantamweight
- Dan Hooker vs. Claudio Puelles; Lightweight
Early prelims (6 p.m. ET) on UFC Fight Pass
- Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar; Lightweight
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez; Women’s strawweight
- Michael Trizano vs. Choi Seung-woo; Featherweight
- Julio Arce vs. Montel Jackson; Bantamweight
- Carlos Ulberg vs. Nicolae Negumereanu; Light heavyweight
Prelims (8 p.m. ET) on ABC and ESPN
- Brad Riddell vs. Renato Moicano; Lightweight
- Dominick Reyes vs. Ryan Spann; Light heavyweight
- Molly McCann vs. Erin Blanchfield; Women’s flyweight
- Andre Petroski vs. Wellington Turman; Middleweight