The rematch between Pereira and Adesanya is going to be huge. Here's how to stream the main event from anywhere in the world.
UFC 287 is about to host the latest chapter in the the long-running feud between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira.
After losing to Pereira twice in kickboxing bouts, the narrative going into their very first UFC fight was simple: Adesanya would be too experienced for Pereira, a relative latecomer to mixed martial arts.
And that narrative was accurate. At UFC 281, for four straight rounds, Adesanya largely controlled their first MMA fight but then, in the final round, Pereira hurt Adesanya on the feet, before laying a brutal barrage of punches on the former middleweight king, forcing the referee to stop the fight. An upset win? Sort of. Most expected Adesanya would win, but no-one doubted that the incredibly destructive Pereira had a puncher's chance.
Tonight it's rematch time. Adesanya is now 0-3 against Pereira but seemed to be cruising in their last fight before the finish. Does that mean Adesanya will win the rematch? Not exactly. You only have to look at the recent fight between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman to see why. After winning via a Hail Mary knockout in their first title fight, Edwards outclassed Usman in their recent rematch. Point being: Pereira knows he can finish Adesanya in an MMA fight and that sort of confidence changes everything.
Either way, this is a fantastic rematch. I, for one, can't wait to see how it plays out.
The UFC 287 main card starts tonight, April 8, at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). Here are all the details from multiple time zones.
It's hard to say exactly when the main event will take place, but if you're looking to only watch the fight between Pereira vs. Adesanya, you should jump on at 11.30 p.m ET (8.30 p.m. PT) to make sure you don't miss out.
The UFC now has a partnership with ESPN. That's great news for the UFC and the expansion of the sport of MMA, but bad news for consumer choice. Especially if you're one of the UFC fans who want to watch UFC in the US.
In the US, if you want to watch UFC 287, you'll only find the fight night on pay per view through ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options to watch UFC on ESPN, according to ESPN's site:
You can do all of the above at the link below.
Folks in the US can watch UFC 287 for $75, above and beyond the ESPN Plus subscription price ($10 per month for the stand-alone service, or $100 per year). Alternately, you can bundle ESPN Plus with Disney Plus and Hulu starting at $13 per month for the ad-supported plan.
MMA fans in the UK can watch UFC 287 exclusively through BT Sport.
BT Sport has the rights to UFC PPVs in the UK.
There are more options if you live in Australia. You can watch UFC 287 through Main Event on Foxtel. You can also stream via Kayo for AU$55. You can even order using your PlayStation or using the UFC app on your Xbox. I usually buy direct from the UFC website.
You can check out the PPV on Kayo in Australia.
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