How to stream UFC 238 and get 1 year of ESPN+ for free

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UFC returns to the Windy City.

The wait is finally over. In mere hours, UFC 238 will kick off at the United Center in Chicago, and you can live stream all of the action.

Flyweight Henry Cejudo takes on Marlon Moraes in the main event with the vacant bantamweight championship belt on the line. It’s a classic tortoise-and-the-hare storyline: Cejudo (14-2), the former Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medalist, has had a meteoric rise in UFC, with impressive victories over longtime champion Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw. But Moraes (22-5-1 D), more than a decade into his career, poses a deadly threat. He has the highest knockdown average in UFC bantamweight history (1.72 per 15 minutes), and he has serious momentum entering the fight. 

Elsewhere on the card, Valentina Shevchenko defends her flyweight belt against Jessica Eye. Both fighters have hit their stride in the 125-pound division, and the bout should be thrilling to watch. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone hopes to continue the momentum from his UFC Fight Night victory with a quick-turn matchup against the always-threatening Tony Ferguson, and Jimmie Rivera (22-3) looks for redemption against Petr Yan after being destroyed by Moraes last year.

UFC 238: Cejudo vs. Moraes

  • When: Saturday, June 8
  • Where: The United Center in Chicago
  • Streaming: ESPN+

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UFC 238: How to watch Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes

There’s only one way to watch UFC 238—and it’s not Amazon Prime or Sling TV. Following a massive seven-year deal, ESPN+ is now your one-stop shop for UFC. There are are a couple of reasons why that should excite you, but let’s start with the most immediate: ESPN+ is offering UFC 238 for $5 less than you’re used to paying for UFC PPVs. Here’s how it breaks down:

UFC 238 cost:

In short, you can buy UFC 238 for just $59.99, but if you spend $20 more, you’ll get one year of ESPN+ for free. That’s a $50 value, and if you’re a serious UFC fan, you’ll be thankful later. In addition to tons of exclusive live events (see below), you’ll be able to watch 20 UFC Fight Night events every year with ESPN+.

If you’re not a current ESPN+ subscriber, you can purchase UFC 238 from your desktop or smartphone here. If you’re already a subscriber, you can easily buy the PPV from the ESPN app by simply clicking on the event in the ESPN+ tab.

To be clear: Only the UFC 238 Main Event will be featured on ESPN+ (full schedule and watch guide below):

  • Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone
  • Jimmie Rivera vs. Petr Yan
  • Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov

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What is ESPN+?

  • Devices: Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku players and TV, Oculus Go, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices

ESPN+ is ESPN’s new subscription service. It works as an extension of the ESPN you probably already have downloaded. Ever notice the live events, articles, or series tagged with a gold “E+” in the corner of the app? Those are the ones locked behind the ESPN+. We’re talking about literally thousands of events per year, including the aforementioned 20 UFC Fight Nights per year and a bunch of exclusive Top Rank boxing events. You’ll also get the entire 30 for 30 catalog online, daily MLB action, every out-of-market MLS game, and international soccer, and more college sports than you’ll know what to do with. ESPN+ is also starting to ramp up its original series as well. It’s best known for Kobe Bryant’s Detail, but there are three shows that will be of interest to MMA fans: UFC DestinedAriel & the Bad Guy, and Dana White’s Contender Series. Your ESPN+ subscription also gives you fewer ads across the ESPN network. TL;DR: It’s a great deal and essential for sports fans of all stripes.

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UFC 238 live stream: ESPN prelims

As a reminder: Your ESPN+ subscription will not allow you to watch the ESPN prelims for free. You’ll still need a cable or live TV subscription. But here are the matches you’ll be able to watch on ESPN:

  • Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff
  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Alexa Grasso
  • Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar

If you don’t already have a way to watch ESPN online, every major live TV streaming service carries the channel, and all of them offer at least a one-week free trial to get started. And once you download the ESPN app and punch in your credentials, you can watch the prelims and the main event from one convenient location.

1) Sling TV

2) Hulu with Live TV

  • Cost: $44.95 per month (after a free 7-day trial)
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices

3) YouTube TV

4) PlayStation Vue

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UFC 238 live stream: Fight Pass prelims

For the die-hards out there, UFC’s Fight Pass carries the early prelims, which start at 6:15pm ET. Here’s the full Fight Pass lineup:

  • Yan Xiaonan vs. Angela Hill
  • Bevon Lewis vs. Darren Stewart
  • Eddie Wineland vs. Grigory Popov
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood

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UFC Fight Pass launched in 2014. The service hosts the undercard bouts of every UFC PPV, but it’s also where you’ll find the smaller, more local UFC events that aren’t picked up by ESPN. The app is incredibly versatile. You can download it via Apple TVXbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung smart TVs, LG smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices.

UFC 238 schedule

All times ET.

UFC 238 PPV Main Card | 10pm on ESPN+

  • Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone
  • Jimmie Rivera vs. Petr Yan
  • Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov

UFC 238 Preliminary Card | 8pm on ESPN

  • Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff
  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Alexa Grasso
  • Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar

UFC 238 Early Prelims | 6:15pm on UFC Fight Pass

  • Yan Xiaonan vs. Angela Hill
  • Bevon Lewis vs. Darren Stewart
  • Eddie Wineland vs. Grigory Popov
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.