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How to watch UFC 237 in the US, UK and abroad

Brazil's Jessica Andrades defeated Rose Namajunas to win the strawweight title in the main event at UFC 237

UFC returned to the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro for UFC 237 on Saturday, May 11. Not surprisingly, the pay-per-view event features some exciting Brazilian MMA fighters.

 UFC 237’s main event will see UFC Women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas take on Jessica Andrade to retain her title. The American ‘Thug Rose’ bravely chose to face the number one contender in her own backyard. Andrades has three consecutive wins and this is her second chance at claiming the strawweight title.

Their fight will be preceded by Jared Cannonier versus Brazilian UFC legend Anderson Silva in the middleweight category. With just one victory from his last seven fights and at the latter end of his storied career, the 44-year old Silva will look to go out on a high facing an opponent that has also lost his last five matches.

In the featherweight category, yet another local hero and the number-one ranked contender José Aldo will go up against Alexander Volkanovski, who has won his last 16 fights. The winner of that bout will get a chance to face champion Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight title.

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UFC 237 Official Fight Card: Winners highlighted

Main CardUFC 237
Women’s Strawweight (Main event)Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade
MiddleweightJared Cannonier vs Anderson Silva
FeatherweightJosé Aldo vs Alexander Volkanovski
WelterweightThiago Alves vs Laureano Staropoli
Lightweight (cancelled)Francisco Trinaldo vs Carlos Diego Ferreira
Preliminary CardUFC 237
Light HeavyweightAntonio Nogueira vs Ryan Spann
LightweightThiago Moises vs Kurt Holobaugh
Women’s BantanweightIrene Aldana vs Bethe Correia
LightweightB.J.Penn vs Clay Guida
Early Preliminary cardUFC 237
Women’s FlyweightLuana Carolina vs Priscila Cochoeira
WelterweightWarlley Alves vs Sérgio Moraes
BantanweightRoani Barcelos vs Carlos Huachin
Women’s BantamweightTalita Bernardo vs Viviane Araujo

How to re-watch UFC 237 in the US: ESPN+

ESPN+ has exclusive rights to broadcast every single UFC PPV event, including UFC 237. In the US, UFC 237 takes place on Saturday evening.

The Early Preliminary Card will take place on ESPN+ from 5:15pm onwards. 
The Preliminary Card will then be available on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from 8pm onwards.
The Main Card events will take place on ESPN+ at 10pm onwards.

If you don’t have an existing ESPN+ subscription, then the best way to rewatch UFC 237 is to subscribe to the ESPN+ and UFC 237 bundle.

This gives you one year’s access to ESPN and UFC 237 for just $79.99, resulting in a saving of around $30 if you were to take ESPN+ ($49.99) and UFC ($59.99) separately. 

This bundle gives you access to 20 exclusive live UFC Fight Nights, original content including Dana White’s Contender series, Ariel and the Bad Guy, classic fights, replays and much more but it does not include a 7-day trial of the service. Existing ESPN+ subscribers will be able to purchase UFC 237 for $59.99.

ESPN+ is brilliant because you can watch the fights live on any of your devices. Apart from your PC, phone and tablet, there are apps for Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and even gaming consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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How to watch UFC 237 in the UK: BT Sport 1

If you live in the UK, then the only way to watch UFC 237 is on BT Sport 1.

The Early Preliminary Card will be broadcast from 11:30pm on Saturday, May 11.
This will be followed by the Preliminary Card which will start on Saturday night/Sunday early morning at 1am
The Main Card draw, featuring Cannonier versus Silva and the main event Namajunas versus Andrades, will follow at 3am

Signing up to BT Sport can be a little daunting: there are no fewer than eight routes in, including via mobile providers like EE and ISPs like Virgin Media. Fortunately, we have a guide to watching BT Sport that covers the process in more detail. If you have BT TV, however, then you’re in luck, as BT Sport is already included in the company’s TV bundles.

If you’re just a broadband customer, then it’ll cost you between £10 and £15 per month. There is a three-month free trial that you can make the most of, though. Sky TV and TalkTalk TV customers can upgrade to BT Sport, starting from £25 per month, with a one-off payment of £20 a month up front on a one-year contract.

Once you have a subscription, you can stream the match online via the BT Sport video player or watch it from your device using the BT Sport app.

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How to watch UFC 237 wherever you are: use a VPN

Both BT Sport and ESPN+ are geo-restricted, meaning you won’t be able to watch UFC 237 if you’re away from the country when the event is broadcast on Saturday/Sunday. The only way to mitigate this is to use a virtual private network or VPN. These services not only encrypt all your traffic as you browse the web but also let you access geo-blocked content. This means you can simply choose which country you want to browse from and the VPN will trick your device into thinking it is actually located in that country.

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We’ve compiled a list of the best VPN services and our top-ranked VPN is ExpressVPN. Apart from being the fastest VPN with connections to the US, Europe and Australia, you can install it on your router to secure all the devices connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

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Our second-favourite is NordVPN. It’s the only VPN that has completed a successful audit of its entire service to prove that it doesn’t log any user data. You can use it on six devices simultaneously, making it a great option to watch UFC 237 for your entire family or between a group of friends.

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