This is the card that was supposed to be UFC 196, but when both Cain Velasquez and Fabrico Werdum suffered injuries, the UFC decided to not replace the main event at the last second and instead keep the card intact and shift it over to Fox Sports 1. What we’re left with is a decent card for a Fight Night event.
At the top we have an interesting match between Johny Hendricks and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Will Hendricks rely on his wrestling to grind out a decision against the striker, or will Wonderboy’s high-level kickboxing lead him to a KO win over a former UFC welterweight champion? Should be interesting either way.
Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt, Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux, Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky, Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson, and Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer round out the rest of the main card. The prelims feature Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons, Damian Grabowski vs. Derrick Lewis, Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins, and Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas. On the Fight Pass prelims we have Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson and Artem Lobov vs. Alex White. Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson is worth checking out because Gall is rumored to be the man to face CM Punk in his debut fight if he can get past Michael Jackson.
How to Watch the Televised Prelims and Main Card with Fight Pass
Both the preliminary card and the main card of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 82 event will be airing on Fox Sports 1 if you have a cable or satellite subscription. Since you’re visiting this website, I’ll assume that you don’t have access to either and you’re wanting to live stream the event without a traditional TV sub.
To do this, you’ll first need a UFC Fight Pass subscription. Now, if you live in one of the countries where the UFC has a television deal, you’ll see a “blacked out” message in your Fight Pass account if you try and watch tonight’s event. Don’t worry though, there’s an easy way around this regional blackout restriction.
With a DNS service like Unlocator–my personal favorite–you can bypass these regional restrictions. To put it in layman’s terms, it works by making it look like you’re somewhere else. Without Unlocator, the UFC knows you live somewhere it has a television deal so it blacks out the content. With Unlocator, it looks like you’re somewhere the UFC doesn’t have a television deal, allowing you to live stream televised UFC events through your existing Fight Pass account.
Unlocator does cost a little bit of money, but it’s in my opinion a necessity if you’re a cord cutter who’s also a UFC fan. While Pay-Per-Views still cost money, all the free events that air on TV will be open to watch in your Fight Pass account.
Unlocator has a seven-day free trial so you can try it out before committing. There’s also month-to-month, six-month, and twelve-month subscriptions available. I subscribe to the yearly plan to ensure I always have access to live UFC events.
The Unlocator service can be configured on phones, tablets, streaming devices, and even routers. It’s easy to do, and you can be up and running in literally minutes.
Make the Event More Fun with DraftKings
DraftKings lets you (possibly) win money by “betting” on fights without literally betting or having to learn the odds or mortgage your house to play. It works like this:
- sign up for a free DraftKings account using my special link
- enter the MMA $50K Haymaker and have the $3 contest entry fee waived
- stay within your bankroll and choose who/how/when you think they will win
- score points based on how well you do
- win money if you do well!
That’s it! DraftKings is fantasy sports, not betting, so you only have to worry about the small entry fee to enter each contest. As I mentioned, tonight’s MMA $50K Haymaker is free to enter (the $3 entry fee is waived) with my special link, so you have a real opportunity to make a bit of coin if you know your stuff.
But best of all, DraftKings can make even the most boring fights fun since you have some money on the line! Give it a try if you’ve never used the service before and you could win your slice of $50,000!
Here’s How to Live Stream the Fights
Tonight’s event kicks off at 7 PM ET on UFC Fight Pass with two fights, followed by four preliminary fights at 8 PM ET, and then the main card starts at 10 PM ET with six fights. This is going to be a long night.
Here are the devices you can use to live stream the fights:
If you have an Android TV device like the Nexus Player, Razer Forge TV, or Nvidia Shield Android TV, there is now a UFC Fight Pass app available. Simply find it in the app store and install.
Amazon Fire TV
There is now an official UFC.tv and Fight Pass app available for all of the Amazon Fire TV devices. Install via the device’s app store.
If you have a Google Chromecast, you can stream the event to your Chromecast through your Apple iPhone or iPad or with your Android device through the UFC.tv app, or by visiting the UFC.tv website on your computer.
If you have a Roku, you can download the UFC.tv and Fight Pass app to watch the fights on your television.
Download the official UFC.tv and Fight Pass app for the Apple TV to watch UFC and Fight Pass content on your television without the need to use AirPlay from your web browser or iOS device.
If you have an Xbox Live Gold account, you can download the UFC app and watch live events directly from your Xbox 360 your Xbox One console.
You can watch live UFC events on your Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 through the Sony Entertainment Network. You will need to install the Live Events Viewer on your PS3 or PS4 to watch the fights live.
If you have an LG or Samsung smart TV, search for “UFC” in the television’s app store to download the UFC.tv and Fight Pass app to stream the fights live.
Smart Phones and Tablets
This is probably the least ideal way to watch a UFC event, but if you’re stuck and need to watch the fights on your phone or tablet, simply download the UFC.tv app from Apple’s App Store for your iOS device, via Google Play for your Android device, or if you’re a one of those poor souls using a Blackberry, you can also find a UFC.tv app in Blackberry’s App World.