From Khabib Nurmagomedov’s dominance to the return of the brawler Nate Diaz, 2019 was a memorable year for British UFC fight fans. From all the pre-fight news conferences to the final bell, the US promotion continues to dominate the international mixed martial arts landscape going into 2020.
As we head into the new year, attention now turns to who can make a challenge for World Titles. Whether watching the coverage live and uninterrupted on your couch or from your mobile device, you’re guaranteed not to miss a moment of the action.
How to Watch the UFC on UK TV
In 2019, UFC saw some of the hardest fought contests in recent memory, a reminder of why it remains so popular to real fight fans and casual viewers alike. One of the major highlights has been BT Sport’s UK coverage, with the network securing exclusive rights to show every moment of the action from every major event on the calendar.
UFC fighters are experts in multiple fight disciplines, which is also known as Mixed Martial Arts. These disciplines include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Thai Boxing and Western Boxing. There is no protection other than small, fingerless gloves and fights take place in an Octagon, which has a nine-metre diameter canvas surrounded by a two-metre high cage fence.
Among the must-see events in 2020 is UFC Fight Nights, which take place three times a month, and the UFC World Title bouts which take place monthly – both of which cover a range of weight categories. During these events some of the most skilled Mixed Martial Artist’s fight across 5×5 minute rounds, with judges scoring fights that aren’t concluded by submission or knockout.
UFC Live on BT Sport TV
BT Sport has signed an exclusive deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, bringing you UFC events live on UK TV. From 2018 to 2020, the network is showing every UFC Fight Night live and in high definition – including all the lead-up, pre-fight talk and undercard fights. The experienced BT Sports team comes via ESPN, with John Anik, Todd Grisham and Brendan Fitzgerald bringing you the insider’s scoop and top-shelf analysis of all the sport’s most skilled fighters, with every moment – from the opening bell to the judges’ scorecards – available in Ultra HD.
The UFC on Free to Air
Unfortunately, their is no UFC free to air provider in the UK, meaning that it is not an option for terrestrial TV viewers. The channel has held the rights to UFC since 2013, with the current deal set to expire in 2020. It looks like the partnership between BT and UFC is set to go beyond this current agreement, so there is little chance that we will see the MMA promotion on Freeview or terrestrial TV in the near future.
UFC on Sky / NOW TV
You can still subscribe to BT Sport if you are a Sky TV customer, however, this option is not available on Sky’s alternative streaming platform, Now TV. If you have any type of Sky TV subscription, you can add the BT Sport package by contacting your service provider directly. Sky customers can choose either a twelve-month contract or a rolling monthly plan which can be cancelled at any time.
UFC McGregor vs Corrone TV Preview
The next major event, UFC 246, features an encounter between two powerhouses. Irishman and former multiple weight UFC Champion Connor McGregor will make his long awaited return to the Octagon against American Donald Cerrone, to start 2020 with a bang. McGregor hasn’t fought since his controversial loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who he will hope to fight in a rematch later in the year starting with a win here.
This contest will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a 20,000 capacity venue that is used regularly to stage both UFC and Boxing events. As well as the main event, there will be a number of undercard matchups that will have MMA fans excited. Former Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm will take on fellow American Raquel Pennington, who is ranked number 5 in the division.
There’s also another welterweight contest between Brazillian Rafael dos Anjos and Ultimate Fighter Live Champion Michael Chiesa. Whilst featherweights Josh Emmett and Arnold Allen will also be hoping to show Dana White their World Title credentials over three rounds.
Watch or Stream the UFC Live
In 2020, BT Sport is televising all major UFC fights live, in Ultra HD, with replays of the bouts you may have missed. This includes every undercard and main event broadcast live, as well as the option to stream the UFC free to a variety of eligible mobile devices using the BT TVt app should it be more convenient. With the online BT TV app you can have up to four devices registered on your subscription at any time, while you can add a new device above the limit once every 30 days. You can also watch on up to two devices at once.
UFC 2020 Live TV Fixtures Schedule
|Saturday Jan 18||UFC 246: McGregor vs Corrone – 10.00pm (PPV)||BT Sport Box Office|
|Sunday Jan 26||UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Dos Santos – 12.00am||BT Sport|
Shown as General Mean Time (GMT), adjust for regional differences.
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