UFC 236 is only a few days away, and the Main Event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier is a rematch that could shake up the top of two different weight classes. Plus Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya is the Co-Main Event between the top contender who paid his dues and the shooting star newcomer. You want to watch, but how? The answer is easy, as you can only watch UFC 236 PPV streaming exclusively on ESPN+.
UFC 236 is happening on Saturday, April 13. It is broadcasting live from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. It gets started with Early Prelim fights on ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. The Prelims matches switch over to ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern. Finally, the Main Card fights are on ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern.
The UFC and ESPN+ are now tag team partners, and the only way to order UFC pay-per-view events is with an ESPN+ subscription. ESPN+ has been home to many great UFC fights already this year, but if you need help figuring out the service, or how to get UFC 236 PPV, here's a quick explanation.
If you are new to ESPN+, you can get a special offer of UFC 236 PPV and a full year subscription to ESPN+ for only $79.99.
If you already have an ESPN+ subscription, you can order UFC 236 PPV for only $59.99.
The new subscriber price for this event is a big deal. Normally, ESPN+ costs $4.99 a month, or $49.99 a year for access to UFC Fight Nights, Top Rank Boxing, MLB, NHL, MLS, College Sports, and so much more. Buying both UFC 236 PPV and a year of ESPN+ for $79.99 saves you big on the service. For that price, you are getting Holloway vs. Poirier 2, plus a year of exclusive UFC Fight Night events and UFC event Pre-show and Post-Show coverage. It also gets you access to buy future UFC PPV events. Once you're signed up, you're all set, and we can focus on the fights!
The Main Event
Max "Blessed" Holloway (20-3) is the UFC Featherweight Champion, but at UFC 236 he will be fighting for the Interim Lightweight title. Holloway comes in riding a 13 fight win streak dating back to 2014. He is moving up in weight class for an Interim title bout because current UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is suspended for involvement in a brawl outside of the ring at UFC 229. Nurmagomedov is not expected to fight again until the end of the year, but his first fight could well be against the winner of this match.
Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier (24-5) also previously fought as a featherweight, but moved up to lightweight back in 2015. Since that change, he is 8-1 and has risen to the number 3 ranking of UFC Lightweight fighters. Most importantly to this rematch, Poirier beat Holloway when they faced each other in 2012 with a brutal combined mounted triangle armbar. You can check out that fight now, and get an idea on how these two might approach each other when they face off this week.
The excitement for UFC 236 goes beyond this one fight. The co-main event featuring Kelvin Gastelum (16-3) vs. Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya (16-0) is also highly anticipated by fans. Adesanya's stock is rising faster than a tech startup, as it has only taken him 5 UFC fights to reach the top level of middleweight competitors. He faces Kelvin Gastelum, who got his top ranking the long way. Gastelum was on "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2012, and has fought increasingly difficult foes over the 6 years plus since appearing on the UFC reality show. This fight is also for an Interim title, and sidelined UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker is likely to be awaiting the winner once he recovers from injury.
The rest of the card, subject to change as always, is as follows:
- Eryk Anders (11-3) vs. Khalil Rountree (7-3)
- Alan Jouban (16-6) vs. Dwight Grant (9-2)
- Nikita Krylov (25-6) vs. Ovince St. Preux Ht (23-12)
- Jalin Turner (8-4) vs Matt Frevola (6-1)
- Wilson Reis (23-9) vs Alexandre Pantoja (20-3)
- Max Griffin (14-6) vs Zelim Imadaev (8-0)
- Boston Salmon (6-1) vs Khalid Taha (12-2)
- Belal Muhammad (14-3) vs Curtis Millender (17-4)
- Montel Jackson (7-1) vs Andre Soukhamthath (13-6)
- Poliana Botelho (7-2) vs Lauren Mueller (5-1)
- Randy Costa (4-0) vs Brandon Davis (9-6)
If you are new to ESPN+, make sure you grab the ESPN app so you will be ready to watch UFC 236. It is available for the most popular devices, including major streaming platforms and game consoles. If you don't have a dedicated streaming box, you can throw ESPN+ onto your TVs by using either AirPlay or Chromecast. The ESPN app can stream live events from both ESPN+ and the ESPN cable networks, so make sure you also sign in with your live streaming or cable provider login. That way, you can easily watch the UFC 236 PPV Prelims and Main Card all in one app.
Get locked in for UFC 236 Holloway vs. Poirier 2 today. Remember, new ESPN+ subscribers pay $79.99 for this pay-per-view and 1 year of ESPN+. Existing subscribers pay only $59.99. Everyone gets to see some early candidates for fight of the year honors!