Khabib and Gaethje are two of the UFC’s best fighters – but who is the best? We’ll find out when UFC 254 gets underway tonight. The main card is a pay-per-view and Khabib vs Gaethje is the big attraction. Follow our guide below on how to watch a UFC 254 live stream from anywhere in the world.
UK fans will be able to watch UFC 254 on BT Sport Box Office for £19.95. In the US, it’s on ESPN+ for $64.99. Going to be abroad? Remember you can use a VPN to safely access your preferred streaming service from anywhere. Here is a full list of UFC broadcasters covering the rest of the world.
UFC 254 will be an emotional event for Khabib Nurmagomedov. The legendary Russian fighter, 32, competes for the first time since the death of his father and coach, Abdulmanap, in July.
While Nurmagomedov dealt with that personal tragedy, Justin Gaethje assumed the interim champion title. There’s little love lost between the pair. As Gaethje said: “I’m gonna go out there and I’m gonna try and break his face, I promise you.”
UFC 254 – dubbed Desert Storm – takes place at Fight Island, UFC’s base at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. This will be the final bout from the Middle East, as UFC 255 returns to Las Vegas in November. There are lots of ways to grab a UFC 254 live stream, so you won’t miss a second of the bone-crunching action.
But what time does UFC 254 start? According to UFC president Dana White: “It will be time-friendly for the European audience.” Early prelims start at 3.15pm BST, then it’s prelims at 5pm and the main card at 7pm. Khabib vs Gaethje is expected at around 10pm BST.
Read on to find a UFC 254 live stream and watch Khabib vs Gaethje from anywhere in the world…
UK: UFC 254 live stream – Khabib vs Gaethje
BT Sport 3 HD has the rights to show UFC 254 in the UK. Subscribers can watch the prelims from 5pm for free. But to watch the main card – including a Khabib vs Gaethje live stream – you’ll need to tune to BT Sport Box Office and pay-per-view. It costs £19.95 for full access through your BT TV box.
You don’t need to be a BT TV customer to watch Khabib vs Gaethje on BT Box Office. Virgin Media customers can also access the UFC 254 live stream through the ‘On Demand section and chose ‘Live Events’.
Likewise non-Virgin and non-BT customers can can buy the fight and watch through the BT Sport Box Office app for iOS and Android. Got Chromecast or Airplay? You can cast it to your TV as well then. There’s also the BT website too. Don’t forget to use a VPN if you’re a UK customer trying to watch from abroad.
Prefer to listen to the commentary? Full radio commentary for the event will be live on talkSPORT 2.
UFC 254 live stream anywhere in the world using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant rights holders, you won’t be able to access these streaming services when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the fight, and pick a server which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming service and you’re in.
US: UFC 254 live stream – Khabib vs Gaethje
ESPN+ has the exclusive rights to broadcast UFC 254 in the States. Existing subscribers can watch the prelims for free but the main card will be a pay-per-view affair. It’s a one-off fee of $64.99 – ouch!
New subscribers to ESPN+ get a far better deal. They can get a discount bundle that includes a year’s ESPN+ subscription (worth $49.99) plus this weekend’s main card for a total of only $84.99.
Australia: UFC 254 live stream – Khabib vs Gaethje
It’ll cost AU$54.95 and you’ll need to set your alarm as the main card gets underway at 5am AEDT on Sunday 25th October.
UFC 254 fight card
Lightweight – Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje
Middleweight – Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier
Heavyweight – Alexander Volkovvs Walt Harris
Middleweight – Jacob Malkoun vs Phil Hawes
Women’s Flyweight – Lauren Murphy vs Liliya Shakirova
Light Heavyweight: Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cuțelaba
Preliminary card (ESPN 2 / ESPN+)
Heavyweight – Stefan Struve vs Tai Tuivasa
Catchweight (140lb) – Nathaniel Wood vs Casey Kenney
Catchweight (173 lb) – Alex Oliveira vs Shavkat Rakhmonov
Light Heavyweight – Da Un Jung vs Sam Alvey
Early preliminary card (ESPN 2 / ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
Women’s Flyweight: Liana Jojua vs Miranda Maverick
Catchweight (159.5 lb): Joel Álvarez vs Alexander Yakovlev