This was supposed to be the card where Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier met for a second time to see who the real light heavyweight champion of the UFC is, but unfortunately DC got hurt and had to pull out of the fight, so we will have to wait for the rematch in the coming months. Ovince Saint Preux agreed to take Daniel’s place, and now we have an interim light heavyweight bout headlining UFC 197.
Some other interesting fights on the card include a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Olympian Henry Cejudo in the co-main event slot. Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis is sure to be a barnburner, and Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker and Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez round out the main card. Action earlier on the card includes fights like Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis, Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima, and Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee.
How to Watch the Televised Prelims and Main Card with Fight Pass
If you’re visiting this page, chances are you’re a cable cutter without a traditional cable or satellite subscription and you want to know how to live stream the fights. This is possible, with your UFC Fight Pass subscription and a DNS service.
A DNS service is something that you might already use. It lets you access region-restricted content that would otherwise be inaccessible. Many people around the world use a DNS service to access American streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Sling TV. The same DNS service can also be used to live stream the televised preliminary fights through UFC Fight Pass.
Typically, most people around the world will be greeted with a “blacked out” message when they try to live stream televised preliminary fights through UFC Fight Pass. This is because the UFC is blocking access to the live stream in countries where it has a television deal with a local broadcaster. A DNS service bypasses this blackout and unlocks the fights for live streaming in UFC Fight Pass.
If you’re unfamiliar with DNS services, they can be easily configured on many devices, from phones and tablets, to streaming devices, computers, and even routers. You don’t need to be a technical whiz to set one up, and most users can configure a DNS service within minutes.
I use and recommend Unlocator. I have used this particular service for going on two years now and use it exclusively for unlocking blacked out televised live UFC streams. I subscribe to Unlocator‘s one-year plan, but there are also six-month and month-to-month subscriptions available. If you’re a little uneasy about paying for something without trying it first, rest easy. Unlocator also has a seven-day free trial for new users.
Here’s How to Live Stream the Fights
UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux will kick off Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM ET with three fights on UFC Fight Pass. The televised preliminary fights begin at 8 PM ET with four fights, followed by the main card on Pay-Per-View at 10 PM ET.
If you’re a cable cutter and want to live stream all of the action, these are the devices you’ll need to do just that:
If you have an Android TV device like the Nexus Player, Razer Forge TV, or Nvidia Shield Android TV, there is now a UFC.tv and Fight Pass app available. Simply find it in the app store and install. Many TVs also feature the Android TV operating system and these can also be used to install the UFC.tv and Fight Pass app.
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 and Fight Pass 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.tv and Fight Pass 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. Sony TVs which feature the Android TV OS also have the UFC.tv app for Fight Pass access and live streaming events.
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 and Fight Pass 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 and Fight Pass app in Blackberry’s App World.