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Hit pause on the current show you’re binge-watching because UFC 296 is finally here. The highly anticipated matchup between Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington is happening on Saturday (Dec. 16), and will determine who the welterweight champion of the season is. You can tune in starting at 6 p.m. ET for the early preliminaries, or skip to the main card event at 10 p.m. ET.
There’ll be one fight less taking place this time around as welterweight competitor Ian Machado Garry had to drop out of his fight with Vicente Luquedue due to pneumonia, according to ESPN.
The mixed martial arts event will be occurring live at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and you can still get tickets here. If you weren’t able to score travel deals to see the MMA event live, then you can still livestream the main event through pay-per-view on ESPN+.
Before Edwards vs. Covington takes place, there will be a co-main card fight taking place with flyweight’s Alexandre Pantoja vs. Brandon Royval battling it out for the title. Early preliminaries and preliminaries will see Randy Brown vs. Muslim Salikhov (welterweight), Martin Buday vs. Shamil Gaziev (heavyweight), Andre Fili vs. Lucas Almeida (featherweight), Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Cody Durden (flyweight), Alonzo Menifield vs. Dustin Jacoby (light heavyweight), Casey O’Neill vs. Ariane Lipski (women’s flyweight), Cody Garbrandt vs. Brian Kelleher (bantamweight), Irene Aldana vs. Karol Rosa (women’s bantamweight) and Josh Emmett vs. Bryce Mitchell (featherweight).
Keep reading to learn the streaming options available.
When & How to Watch UFC 296: Edwards vs. Covington
Edwards vs. Covington’s main card event will air live exclusively through PPV on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday (Dec. 16). You can tune in to the early preliminaries on ESPN+ at 6 p.m., and if you have cable, preliminaries will air on ESPN2, which you can watch on any channel ESPN is offered, as well as ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET.
The main card event requires an ESPN+ membership in order to purchase the PPV fight. If you already have an ESPN+ subscription, you just need to log into your account and you’ll be able to purchase the PPV under scheduled live events.
Don’t have ESPN+? The streaming platform doesn’t have a free trial, but it is one of the most budget-friendly options out there. Rather than signing up for a membership first, ESPN+ is making it easier for you to get the PPV match and a membership at the same time with a bundle for $134.98. This includes an annual membership to ESPN+ (which is over 15% cheaper than a monthly subscription) as well as access to Edwards vs. Covington. Click here or the button below to snag both.
Outside of the Edwards vs. Covington match, an ESPN+ membership will provide you access to the entire ESPN+ library such as live sports, exclusive content and originals including The Captain, America’s Caddie, Man in the Arena With Tom Brady, More Than an Athlete With Michael Strahan, Our Time: Baylor Basketball, Al Davis vs. The NFL, Vick, Be Like Water, Breakaway and the entire 30 for 30 series.