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UFC Fight Night 151 will have huge implications for the lightweight class. The May 4 card, which takes place at Ottawa, Ontario’s Canadian Tire Center, features a top-10 match-up, as it pits no. 4-ranked “Raging” Al Iaquinta (14-4-1) against no. 9-ranked Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone” (35-11-1) in the main event. Billed as “Iaquinta vs. Cowboy,” UFC Fight Night 151 will also have implications within the middleweight division as well, as no. 8-ranked Derek Brunson (18-7) takes on no. 13-ranked Ontario native Elias Theodorou (16-2).
But whether fans are pining to see what happens in the main event or how the middleweight bout ends up, there’s an easy way to access all of the night’s action. Here’s everything you need to know to live stream UFC Fight Night 151 for free.
UFC Fight Night 151: Al Iaquinta vs. Donald Cerrone
- When: Saturday, May 4 at 8pm ET
- Where: Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Streaming: ESPN+ (free with one-week trial)
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- Cost: $4.99 per month or $49.99 for 12 months (after 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire Tablet, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku players and TV, Oculus Go, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices
For UFC fans, there’s only one streaming service that will provide the mixed-martial arts coverage they crave: ESPN+. Despite the limited options, UFC aficionados who subscribe to ESPN+ gain an unparalleled resource to follow the sport and binge on other premium athletic and ESPN content.
What prompted the current arrangement? In May 2018, ESPN inked a $1.5 billion deal with UFC to carry 30 Fight Nights, with the company selecting 20 of those events to run on ESPN+, including Fight Night 151. Both ESPN and UFC then extended their partnership in January 2019 to make ESPN the home of all UFC pay-per-view events, which allows active ESPN+ users to purchase any PPV UFC event for $59.99 per event. However, UFC fans who don’t have an ESPN+ account but wish to subscribe can gain a year’s worth of the streaming service with one $79.99 PPV purchase. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
Of course, the self-described worldwide leader in sports makes subscribing to ESPN+ worth it beyond its extensive UFC coverage. ESPN+ subscribers can watch 180 out-of-market MLS matches, MLB games, and tons of college sports action, among other things. Subscribers can also access ESPN’s entire library of its acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series—all for $4.99 per month or $49.99 for the entire year.
Al Iaquinta vs. Donald Cerrone: Why it matters
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is an MMA legend. In his eight-year UFC career, he’s posted a 21-8 record (he went 13-3-1 in five years in the WEC) and turned in seven Performance of the Night results. However, he faces a similar future as Alastair Overeem, as his time to claim a championship belt is running out. Cerrone is 36 years old and can suffer no setbacks as he attempts to get back to the lightweight title, a plateau he’s reached once—before losing to Rafael dos Anjos in December 2015.
Meanwhile, Cerrone’s opponent, Al Iaquinta, is relishing his chance to take a crack at the veteran fighter. In Iaquinta’s most recent fight in December 2018, he clocked a Performance of the Night result, defeating Kevin Lee in a unanimous decision. As he told BJPenn.com in an early April 2019 interview, Iaquinta strongly believes that he’ll be able to slow Cerrone’s return to the lightweight division.
“Stylistically, I think that my youth and my experience is peaking both at the same time right now,” he told the outlet. The 31-year-old Iaquinta then went on to say, “I want to make it easy. I want to make it quick. I want to make it painless on my end.”
A win for either fighter would certainly solidify their standing, but it seems that Cerrone has the most to lose from a negative result.
UFC Fight Night 151 live stream schedule
Main card | 8pm ET on ESPN+
- Al Iaquinta vs. Donald Cerrone
- Derek Brunson vs. Elias Theodorou
- Shane Burgos vs. Cub Swanson
- Merab Dvalishvili vs. Brad Katona
- Walt Harris vs. Sergey Spivak
- Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Andrew Sanchez
Prelims | 5pm ET on ESPN+
- Macy Chiasson vs. Sarah Moras
- Vince Morales vs. Aiemann Zahabi
- Nordine Taleb vs. Kyle Prepolec
- Kyle Nelson vs. Matt Sayles
- Juan Adams vs. Arjan Bhullar
- Mitch Gagnon vs. Cole Smith
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Ryan Joseph is a sports and streaming entertainment reporter. His work has been published in the New York Times, First We Feast, Thrillist, CityLab, Uproxx, and Esquire.