UFC 281

Two championships will be decided at UFC 281, broadcast from New York City’s Madison Square Garden at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on November 12, 2022. Here’s how and where you can stream it live.

How to Stream UFC 281 Live in the United States

UFC 281’s main card, headlined by the middleweight title bout between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira, streams exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States. If you subscribe to ESPN+ ($9.99 per month or $99.99 per year) or the Disney Bundle (featuring ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu’s ad-supported tier for $13.99 per month), you can purchase the UFC 281 broadcast for an additional $74.99. New subscribers can get a year of ESPN+ along with UFC 281 for $124.98.

Adesanya and Pereira will face off for the third time, and the first in the UFC, to see if Pereira can take Adesanya’s middleweight title. The women’s strawweight title is also on the line, as Zhang Weili takes on current champion Carla Esparza. The UFC 281 main card also features a lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler, a bantamweight bout between Frankie Edgar and Chris Gutiérrez, and a lightweight bout between Dan Hooker and Claudio Puelles.

The preliminary bouts will be available to all ESPN+ and Disney Bundle subscribers at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, and the early preliminary bouts will stream on UFC Fight Pass ($14.99 per two months or $95.99 per year) at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.

Bypass Geographic Restrictions With a VPN

If you live outside the United States or are traveling abroad, and you still want to stream UFC 281 on ESPN+ or UFC Fight Pass, your best option is to use a VPN. With a VPN, you can bypass geographical restrictions and stream UFC 281 on its designated platforms.

ExpressVPN is our choice for the best overall VPN and the best VPN for streaming. It’s a quick and easy way to watch UFC 281 anywhere you’re located. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Download ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server located in the United States.
  3. Head to ESPN+ to purchase the main card broadcast, or sign in to your ESPN+ or UFC Fight Pass account to watch the preliminary bouts. You will need to supply a valid U.S. ZIP code.

ExpressVPN also offers a free trial, so if you aren’t satisfied with the service, you can cancel right after watching UFC 281.

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