UFC 281: Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira meet for the third time this weekend in a buzzy middleweight championship bout for Adesanya’s belt — here’s how to live stream the UFC 281 online for free.
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Event: UFC 281
Date: Saturday, 22nd November
Start Time: 10 pm ET
Live Stream: Watch UFC 281 Live Here
UFC returns to New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden tonight, with a middleweight title fight between familiar foes Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira at UFC 281. The two fighters faced each other in the Glory of Heroes kickboxing promotion before they made the switch to UFC, with Pereira coming out as a winner in both meetings in decisive style. Read on to discover how to watch a UFC 281 live stream online from anywhere today.
Since then, Adesanya has gone on to become one of MMA’s biggest names. Having claimed the UFC 185lb crown in 2019, he remains unbeaten at middleweight since joining the promotion. Pereira meanwhile only signed up with the UFC late last year, but his glittering reputation in Glory of Heroes has seen him fast-tracked to this title challenge after just three successful fights at this level.
Adesanya is well used to rematches – his last three appearances in the UFC have been follow-up fights against recent opponents, but this third against a bogeyman from his past may be his toughest Octagon showdown yet.
Alongside the headline act, UFC 281’s card also sees Carla Esparza making her first defense of her strawweight title against Chinese contender Weili Zhang in the co-main event. Follow our guide below as we explain how to watch a UFC 281 live stream, and see Adesanya vs Pereira and the rest in the Octagon today.
How to Watch UFC 281 live stream: Adesanya vs Pereira in the US
The exclusive rights for US coverage are with UFC on ESPN Plus, meaning it is the one place to watch it. The main card starts at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT, with Adesanya vs Pereira expected to enter the Octagon sometime between 1 am ET / 10 pm PT – depending on the pace of the other fights.
There are three options on cost, which depend on whether or not you already subscribe to the service.
- 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
If you don’t subscribe to ESPN Plus, you can take advantage of the value offer. You’ll need to go for the UFC Bundle, costing you $99.98. That gets you both the UFC 281 PPV and a year-long subscription to ESPN+ that would normally cost $60 alone.
- UFC 281 + Disney Plus/ESPN Plus/ Hulu bundle
Your final option is to buy access to UFC 281 and, with it, get one month of access to the Disney Plus Bundle. So that’s 30 days of everything on Disney Plus – Marvel, Pixar, The Simpsons, Star Wars, and stacks more – the full catalog of live sports and documentaries on ESPN+, and the hundreds of box sets and films on Hulu.
How to Watch UFC 281 live stream with the Disney Plus
Get your UFC 281 plus a month of sports and entertainment with the Disney Bundle. So, that’s your UFC 281 PPV plus a month’s access to ESPN+, Hulu, and Disney Plus streaming services. It’s then $13.99 per month thereafter if you’d like to continue with the streaming package. No contract. Cancel at any time.
How to Watch UFC 281 live stream without a PPV in Europe
As we say, you’re kind of stuck if you’re in the US. It’s PPV or bust. Not so in Europe! Instead, it’s sports streaming specialist DAZN that has the rights.
So if you’re a UFC fan in any of Austria, Italy, Germany, or Spain, then get yourself over to the DAZN website.
Depending on your region, DAZN offers Serie A and La Liga football, NFL, and a whole host of other top-rank live sporting content.
How to watch Adesanya vs Pereira: live stream UFC 281 in the UK
BT Sport has exclusive broadcast rights to UFC events in the UK right now.
The great news is that unlike UFC 280, UFC 281 is not a PPV event, with coverage kicking off at 1 am GMT on Saturday night/ Sunday morning on BT Sport 2 and the main card action set to follow at 3 am GMT. So, all you need is a standard BT Sport subscription or BT Sports pass.
Don’t forget that you can now get BT Sport without a big commitment thanks to a BT Sport Monthly Pass. It costs £25 and gets you all of BT Sport’s goodies – including Premier League football and Premiership rugby – for a whole month.
The broadcaster’s coverage of UFC is also available via the BT Sport app and on its website, so you can live stream UFC on most devices this day.
How to Watch Adesanya vs Pereira: live stream UFC 281 in Canada
There are a host of pay-per-view providers offering an Adesanya vs Pereira live stream in Canada on Saturday.
You can head to the likes of Shaw, Bell, Rogers, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, or Eastlink with pricing at CAD$64.99. It’s also available on the UFC Fight Pass PPV.
Tune into the main card from 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT on Saturday, November 12.
How to Watch UFC 281 live stream: how to watch Adesanya vs Pereira online in Australia
As usual, UFC 281 and Adesanya vs Pereira are available on PPV in Australia, setting you back AUD$59.95.
The main card is set to kick off at 2 pm AEDT on Sunday. Adesanya vs Pereira is expected to make their way toward the Octagon at around 5 pm AEDT.
So to watch the fight, you’ll need to sign up via the Foxtel site or Kayo Sports Main Event. Click the link where you can sign up to watch, where you’ll then be able to live stream the whole event via your web browser and devices like Android, iOS, Samsung TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, and Chromecast.
UFC Fight Pass can also catch all the prelims and the main card.
How to watch Adesanya vs Pereira live stream: how to watch UFC 281 in New Zealand
Sky Arena is offering New Zealand viewers an Adesanya vs Pereira live stream – with the PPV priced at NZ$39.95 for all the main card action.
You’ll want to make sure you’re watching from at least the 4 pm NZST main card start time on Sunday, November 13 to get all the action.
The headline Adesanya vs Pereira fight is expected any time from 9 am NZDT, depending on how the rest of the card plays out.
- Israel Adesanya vs Alex Pereira – UFC middleweight title
- Carla Esparza vs Zhang Weili – UFC women’s strawweight title
- Dustin Poirier vs Michael Chandler – lightweight
- Frankie Edgar vs Chris Gutierrez – bantamweight
- Dan Hooker vs Claudio Puelles – lightweight
- 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
- 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