This weekend, UFC fans are eagerly anticipating UFC 290, featuring an exciting featherweight title unification bout and a defense of the UFC Flyweight Championship. The event promises to raise the bar for next year’s International Fight Week. Here’s all you need to know about how to watch the event online, the match card, and the start time.
UFC 290 Time and Date
- Date and Time: UFC 290 takes place today (Saturday, July 8).
- Main Card: The main card begins at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT / 3 a.m. BST / 2 p.m. AEDT.
- Early Prelims: Early prelims start three hours earlier at 6 p.m. ET, while the main prelims begin at 8 p.m. ET.
- Main Event Time: The ring-walks for the main event are estimated for 12 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT / 5 a.m. BST / 4 p.m. AEDT, but they may start earlier.
How to Watch
- In the US: ESPN Plus is the platform to watch UFC 290 live streams, as well as all upcoming numbered UFC PPVs.
- In the UK: BT Sport Box Office is the broadcaster for UFC 290.
Main Card Highlights The main event of UFC 290 features Alexander Volkanovski’s quest to solidify his legacy as the greatest in his division. Volkanovski aims to unify the interim featherweight championship, currently held by Jair Rodríguez, with his own title. Additionally, Islam Makhachev awaits a potential rematch if Volkanovski emerges victorious.
Before the main event, Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja will compete for the flyweight strap. Pantoja has previously defeated Moreno twice, once via submission in a 2016 exhibition fight and another time through a unanimous decision in 2018.
Important Update Josiah Harrell has been removed from the prelim card after an MRI revealed a brain disease called moyamoya. Consequently, his scheduled match against Jack Della Maddalena has been canceled.
Fight Odds DraftKings lists Volkanovski (-380) as the favorite for the main event, with Rodríguez (+290) as the underdog. These odds have remained unchanged since the middle of the previous week. Betting $80 on Volkanovski would yield a $100 win, while a $100 wager on Rodríguez would result in a $290 payout.
For the co-main event, Moreno (-205) is favored over Pantoja, who is a slight underdog at (+175). The odds for this fight have widened.
How to Stream UFC 290 To access the UFC 290 live stream and all future numbered UFC PPVs, a subscription to ESPN Plus is required. A bundle deal is available, offering UFC 290 and a year of ESPN Plus for $124.98. This represents a savings of $55 compared to purchasing ESPN Plus separately ($99.99 per year) and UFC 290 ($79.99).
The main prelim fights will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN Plus.
For the early prelim fights starting at 6 p.m. ET, you can watch them on UFC FightPass, which costs $9.99 per month.
Streaming Alternatives If you have already cut the cord and don’t have a cable package, several streaming services offer ESPN and ABC. Consider the following options:
- Fubo and Sling TV: Fubo and Sling TV are two recommended streaming services that include ESPN and ABC. Sling Orange carries ESPN, while ABC is available on Sling Blue in select markets. Sling currently offers a $25 discount for the first month. Fubo’s entry-level package features ABC and ESPN, with a 7-day free trial available.
- More expensive services: YouTube TV ($73 per month), Hulu + Live TV ($70 per month), and DirecTV Stream ($75 per month) also provide access to ESPN and ABC, depending on your location.
- Best TV antennas: If you are in the right location, you may be able to receive ABC through the use of a quality TV antenna.
Enjoy the thrilling action of UFC 290!