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How to watch UFC 242: Khabib vs Poirier

UFC 242 returns to Abu Dhabi today as Lightweight Champion Khabib aims to defend his title against Dustin Poirier

Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to the Octagon after 11 months, for UFC 242, to face the American, Dustin Poirier, who has a four-fight winning streak against current and former UFC champions.

Their fight takes place early today (late evening UK, afternoon US) because the venue for UFC 242 is The Arena at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, instead of the regular UFC home in the US.

Nurmagomedov will best be remembered from his epic bout last October at UFC 229 where his superior grappling skills put an end to Conor McGregor’s UFC Lightweight Championship reign. The fight was the highest pay-per-view event in UFC history.

Soon after the infamous Irishman submitted, the Russian leapt out of the arena and attacked McGregor’s corner, for which he was served with a nine-month suspension, and he is now making his Octagon comeback.

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Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov is ranked #2 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings and he holds the longest undefeated streak in the MMA, with 27 victories and zero losses.

His opponent Poirier is no slouch either. ‘The Diamond’ last got the better of featherweight champion Max Holloway in a five-round classic back at UFC 236 in Atlanta, Georgia, for an interim belt. UFC President Dana White confirmed the winner will get the coveted chance to compete for Khabib’s title.

Poirier has 25 wins having taken down some of the biggest UFC champions in Holloway, Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez, but the American also has five losses. He will need to hand Khabib his first if he wants to win the lightweight title at Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

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Apart from the title fight, the UFC 242 main card is littered with several other promising lightweight bouts. The co-main event is a rematch between Edson Barboza and Paul Felder.

They last met in the Octagon more than four years ago, when Barboza, known for his lethal kicks, won via unanimous decision to dent Felder’s then-flawless 10-0 record. The other two fights in the featherweight class are between Islam Makhachev and Davi Ramos, and Mairbek Taisumov and Diego Ferreira.

Unlike most UFC contests which are mainly fought in America, UFC 242 returns to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to close the Abu Dhabi Showdown Week. The advantage of that for British viewers is that the early prelims card starts at 3pm, while the title fight between Nurmagomedov and Poirier should take place around 10pm.

Usually, these title fight bouts take place at around 4am in the UK. US viewers can watch all the action, from Saturday morning onwards, so clear your plans for the day.

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UFC 242 Main Card

UK: Saturday, 7 September, 7pm onwards on BT Sport Box Office

US ET: Saturday, 7 September, 2pm onwards on ESPN+

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier for the Lightweight Title
  • Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder in the Lightweight Bout
  • Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos in the Lightweight Bout
  • Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov in the Heavyweight Bout
  • Mairbek Taisumov vs Diego Ferreira in the Lightweight Bout

UFC 242 Prelims Card

UK: Saturday, 7 September, 5pm onwards on BT Sport Box Office

US ET: Saturday, 7 September, 12pm onwards on ESPN+

  • Joanne Calderwood vs Andrea Lee in the Women’s Flyweight Bout
  • Zubaira Tukhugov vs Lerone Murphy in the Featherweight Bout
  • Liana Jojua vs Sarah Moras in the Women’s Bantamweight Bout
  • Ottman Azaitar vs Teemu Packalen in the Lightweight Bout

UFC 242 Early Prelims Card

UK: Saturday, 7 September, 3pm onwards on UFC Fight Pass

US ET: Saturday, 7 September, 10am onwards on ESPN+

  • Belal Muhammad vs Takashi Sato in the Welterweight Bout
  • Nordine Taleb vs Muslim Salikhov in the Welterweight Bout
  • Omari Akhmedov vs Zak Cummings in the Middleweight Bout
  • Don Madge vs Fares Ziam in the Flyweight Bout

How to watch UFC 242 in the US: ESPN+

ESPN+ has exclusive rights to broadcast every single UFC PPV event, including UFC 242. In the US, UFC 242 takes place on Saturday morning because the event is held in Abu Dhabi. If you don’t have an existing ESPN+ subscription, the best way to rewatch UFC 242 is to subscribe to the ESPN+ and UFC 242 bundle.

This gives you one year’s access to ESPN and UFC 242 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 242 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 242 Main Card in the UK: BT Sport Box Office

Unlike other UFC tournaments which are available via the regular BT Sports subscription, UFC 242: Khabib vs Poirier is a pay-per-view event, available to buy for £19.95.

BT Sports Box Office HD will broadcast the entire preliminary and main card from UFC 242, starting from 5pm onwards on Saturday, 7 September.

If you have BT TV, you can order UFC 242 very easily. To do this, simply press the BT Player button on your remote, then press the ‘Buy Now’ button on the event.

Sky TV customers who have purchased previous BT Sport Box Office events will see the option to purchase UFC 242 on their remote.

If you have Virgin TV, simply press On Demand on your remote, then select Live Event to order UFC 242.

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How to watch UFC 242 wherever you are: use a good VPN service

Both ESPN+ and BT Sport are geo-restricted, meaning you won’t be able to watch UFC 242 if you’re away from the US and UK when the event is broadcast on Saturday. The only way to access both services when from outside the UK and the US 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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