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How to watch UFC 239: Jon Jones vs Thiago Santos and Amanda Nunes vs Holly Holm

Two titles are on the line as UFC 239 takes tonight. Here’s how to watch it wherever you are

UFC 239 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada tonight. The event will have two main headlining title fights.

The main event of the night will be for the Light Heavyweight Title bout, where Jon Jones will aim to defend his title against Thiago Santos.

Jones, a three-time UFC champion, is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional fighters of all time, but retaining his title will be anything but easy against the Brazilian Santos who is second in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.

In tonight’s co-headlining event, current UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion, Amanda Nunes, will aim to defend her title against former champion Holly Holm.

Nunes is the first woman in UFC history to become a two-division champion and to hold two titles simultaneously. She’s currently both the women’s bantamweight and featherweight titleholder. The Brazilian mixed martial artist will make it nine straight wins in a row if she wins on Saturday evening.

But she’s fighting someone who’s taken down a world champion before. Holly Holm will best be remembered as the person who defeated UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey and marked her subsequent decline from the sport.

Coincidentally, Rousey later lost to Nunes via TKO just 48 seconds into the first round, so this can be a historic fight between two deserving fighters.

Their fight will be preceded by Ben Askren vs Jorge Masvidal. Undefeated Askren has been personally calling out Masvidal for months, so this could be an exciting clash between “Funky” Ben and “Gamebred” Masvidal.


UFC 239 Main Card

UK: Sunday 7 July at 3am on BT Sport

US: Saturday 6 July at 10pm ET on ESPN+

  • Jon Jones vs Thiago Santos for the Light Heavyweight Title
  • Amanda Nunes vs Holly Holm for the Women’s Bantamweight Title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs Ben Askren in the Welterweight bout
  • Jan Blachowicz vs Luke Rockhold in the Light Heavyweight bout
  • Diego Sanchez vs Michael Chiesa in the Welterweight bout

UFC 239 Prelims Card

UK: Sunday 7 July at 1am on UFC Fight Pass

US: Saturday 6 July at 8pm ET on ESPN

  • Gilbert Melendez vs Arnold Allen in the Featherweight bout
  • Marlon Vera vs Nohelin Hernandes
  • Claudia Gadelha vs Randa Markos in the Women’s Strawweight bout
  • Alejandro Perez vs Song Yadong in the Bantamweight bout

UFC 239 Early Prelims Card

UK: Saturday 6 July at 11.15pm on UFC Fight Pass

US: Saturday 6 July at 6.15pm ET on ESPN+

  • Edmen Shahbazyan vs Jack Marshman in the Middleweight bout
  • Ismail Naurdiev vs Chance Rencountre in the Welterweight bout
  • Julia Avila vs Pannie Kianzad in the Women’s Bantamweight bout

How to watch UFC 239 in the US: ESPN+

ESPN+ has exclusive rights to broadcast every single UFC PPV event, including UFC 239. In the US, UFC 239 takes place on Saturday evening.

If you don’t have an existing ESPN+ subscription, the best way to rewatch UFC 239 is to subscribe to the ESPN+ and UFC 239 bundle.

This gives you one year’s access to ESPN and UFC 239 for just $79.98, resulting in a saving of around $30 if you were to take ESPN+ ($49.98) and UFC ($59.99) separately.

This bundle gives you access to 20 exclusive live UFC Fight Nights, including Dana White’s Contender Series, Ariel & The Bad Guy, classic fights, replays and much more, but it does not include a seven-day trial of the service. Existing ESPN+ subscribers will be able to purchase UFC 239 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 such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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How to watch the UFC 239 Main Card in the UK: BT Sport

If you live in the UK, then the only way to watch UFC 239 is on BT Sport.

Signing up to BT Sport can be a little daunting: there are no fewer than eight routes in, including via mobile providers such as 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, you’re in luck as BT Sport is already included in the company’s TV bundles. If you’re just a broadband customer, 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 upfront on a one-year contract.

BT Sport often has offers running, including one that lets you get BT Sport for three months with selected packages. All offers include the BT Sport App that lets you watch live sport on all of your devices.

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How to watch UFC 239 wherever you are: use a VPN

Both BT Sport and ESPN+ are geo-restricted, meaning you won’t be able to watch the two UFC 239 title fights 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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