UFC 279 live streams: Get the PPV and a whole year of ESPN Plus

Fight Live:You're going to need ESPN Plus(opens in new tab) to watch UFC 279 live streams — and all the upcoming numbered UFC PPVS — so let's talk about the best deal to make this happen. 

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You can get UFC 279 plus a year of ESPN Plus for $124.98, which is savings of $50 (ESPN Plus costs $99.99 per year and UFC 279 costs $74.99). If these numbers seem higher than usual, this is the first UFC under the new ESPN Plus pricing.

Well, that was weird. Where do we even start?

Let's start with Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev. That was the fight that was supposed to headline UFC 279. But Chimaev missed weight massively, coming in 7.5 pounds over the 171 limit. To save the card, the UFC had to rearrange the entire main card. 

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After negotiations between the fighters, there's a new main event. And one that, bizarrely, makes a lot more sense.

Instead of being outmatched by Chimaev, Nate Diaz is now facing off against fellow UFC legend Tony Ferguson. 

Chimaev is now fighting Kevin Holland at a 179-pound catch weight in the co-main event. Considering these two have been circling each other, sending gibes each other's way for months, this fight may also make a lot of sense.

Li Jingliang, who was initially going to fight Tony Ferguson, is now facing off against Holland's old opponent, Daniel Rodriguez.

In short we've gone from...

  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang
  • Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez

To...

  • Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson
  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland 
  • Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez

Probably the biggest loser here is Li Jingliang, who's gone from a prestige co-main event with a legend in Tony Ferguson, to a really tough fight with a bigger man in Daniel Rodriguez.

But the card is alive.

Press conference canceled?

It's been a chaotic few days. Before the weigh-in circus, UFC President Dana White was forced to cancel the UFC 279 press conference at the very last minute, after a huge scuffle backstage featuring Chimaev and Kevin Holland, another fighter on the undercard.

The pair had been arguing back and forth before things got physical. Reportedly, members of Diaz's entourage also got involved, with bottles being thrown. 

MMA reporter Ariel Helwani has the full story.

The main prelim fights are on ESPNEWS, so those who haven't subscribed to the latter yet can get a taste of it all for themselves, before forking out the cash. 

ESPNEWS is available on most cable packages, as well as two of the best streaming services: namely Sling TV (Orange + Sports Extra) and FuboTV. 

UFC 279 Early Prelim fights start at 6 p.m. ET on UFC FightPass(opens in new tab), which is $9.99 per month. Then, the higher-up set of prelim fights that start at 8 p.m. ET, on ESPNEWS.

 

You're gonna need ESPN Plus for UFC 279. While UFC 279 live streams cost $74.99 (on top of ESPN Plus), new subscribers and those on current monthly plans can save $50 by getting UFC 279 and the annual ESPN Plus subscription for $124.98. That subscription will renew at $99.99 for your second year.

 

Sling TV: ESPNEWS is available with the Sling TV Orange + Sports Extra combo package. This also gets you the MLB Network, ESPN U and much more. 

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How to watch UFC 279 in the UK and Australia

UFC 279 is another late-night affair for fight night fans in the UK — you'll likely Ferguson vs Diaz start at approximately 5 a.m. BST (on Sunday morning) if you're tuning in live. It's live on BT Sport Box Office(opens in new tab), where it costs £19.95. Prelims are on UFC Fight Pass.

Just a heads up, though, the UFC 279 live stream is not available via a web browser, but through apps on Now TV devices, PlayStations, Xbox, Apple TV and some Smart TVs.

In Australia, UFC 279 is live on Sunday at 12 p.m. AEST on Kayo(opens in new tab), where it costs AU$54.95.

How to watch UFC 279 live streams in Canada

Our neighbors in the great white north will watch the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, while the prelims are on TSN and RDS. UFC 279's main card is available on various providers, including BELL and Rogers.

UFC 279 fight card

Early prelims (6 p.m. ET) on UFC Fight Pass

  • Norma Dumont vs Danyelle Wolf [Women's Featherweight]
  • Chad Anheliger vs Alatengheili [Bantamweight]
  • Melissa Martinez vs Elise Reed [Women's Strawweight]
  • Darian Weeks vs Yohan Lainesse [Welterweight]

Prelims (8 p.m. ET) on ABC and ESPN

  • Hakeem Dawodu vs Julian Erosa [Featherweight]
  • Jailton Almeida vs Anton Turkalj [Catchweight]
  • Denis Tiuliulin vs Jamie Pickett [Middleweight]
  • Jake Collier vs Chris Barnett [Heavyweight]

Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN Plus)

  • Tony Ferguson vs Nate Diaz [Welterweight]
  • Li Jingliang vs Daniel Rodriguez [Catchweight]
  • Kevin Holland vs Khamzat Chimaev [Catchweight]
  • Irene Aldana vs Macy Chiasson [Women's Bantamweight]
  • Johnny Walker vs Ion Cutelaba [Light Heavyweight]