How To Watch UFC 242 Online And Its Unusual Start Time

UFC 242 on ESPN Plus

Watch UFC 242 PPV Online Only with ESPN Plus

This weekends UFC Lightweight pay-per-view match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier is a bit unusual in a couple of ways…first is that it is only available through the ESPN Plus streaming service and second is that it is pretty early for a UFC event.

Earlier Start Time – Read This First

Before you go out and plan a party to watch UFC 242, you gotta know this. The main event of Khabib vs Poirier starts early, and by early I mean VERY EARLY! 2pm EST (1pm CST) is the main card which means the early prelims are very, very early at 10:15am EST and the prelims are at Noon EST. Usually, UFC PPV matches aren’t until 9pm so this is quite a deviation from standard fight times – be prepared!

UFC 242 Is Only on ESPN Plus

ESPN Plus is making a subscriber push going into this fall as the Disney + launch comes closer. ESPN’s parent company, Disney, is try to build up the value of ESPN plus, not a a full cord-cutting service, but as a good, solid supplemental service for ESPN products including UFC PPV fights, 30 for 30 programming as well as live sports including MLB, college football games and more. At only $4.99/mo, it’s a pretty good deal for UFC fans.

UFC 242 Fight Cards

Here is a quick overview of the fights planned for UFC 242…

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier– UFC Lightweight Championship 
    • Khabib – Current lightweight champion and undefeated at 27-0. #2 Ranked pound for pound fighter, 3x World Sambo Champion. Born in Russia
    • Poirier- Interim lightweight champion, won title by beating Max Holloway at UFC 236 ending his 13 fight win streak. Fights out of Lafayette, LA
  • Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder Co-Main Event

      • Edson Barboza– #7 ranked UFC lightweight, multiple Muay Thai champion. Made UFC debut in 2010, 6x Fight of the Night winner, born in Rio de Janiero, Brasil.
      • Paul Felder- #10 ranked UFC lightweight, nicknamed the Irish Dragon. Current UFC commentator and fights out of Philadelphia
  • Other fights

LightweightIslam Makhachevvs.Davi Ramos
HeavyweightCurtis Blaydesvs.Shamil Abdurakhimov
LightweightMairbek Taisumovvs.Carlos Diego Ferreira
Preliminary Card (FX)
Women’s FlyweightJoanne Calderwoodvs.Andrea Lee
FeatherweightZubaira Tukhugovvs.Lerone Murphy
Women’s BantamweightLiana Jojuavs.Sarah Moras
LightweightOttman Azaitarvs.Teemu Packalén
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
WelterweightBelal Muhammadvs.Takashi Sato
WelterweightNordine Talebvs.Muslim Salikhov
MiddleweightOmari Akhmedovvs.Zak Cummings
LightweightDon Madgevs.Fares Ziam

(fight card information from the Wikipedia UFC 242 Page)

Deal on UFC 242 and a Year of ESPN Plus

For only $79.98, you get a full year subscription to ESPN+ and the UFC 242 PPV which is a discount of around $30 bucks. You can check out all the details and pricing here.