The biggest draw in UFC Pay-Per-View history returns after a long suspension. He faces the Interim Champion, and the undisputed Championship is on the line. You can watch it unfold live by streaming UFC 242 Pay-Per-View featuring Khabib vs. Poirier only on ESPN+.
What is UFC 242?
UFC 242 will broadcast live on Saturday, Sept. 7 from The Arena in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. This event is available exclusively on ESPN+ and PPV, so make sure you have the ESPN app ready to stream the action. The Early Prelims kick things off at 10:15 a.m. Eastern on ESPN+. At Noon, the Prelims continue on ESPN+. Then at 2 p.m., the Main Card starts on PPV via ESPN+, finishing up with Khabib vs. Poirier.
UFC pay-per-view events are only available exclusively on ESPN+. The streaming sports service also has a full card of other MMA content, including weekly UFC Fight Night events, Dana White's Contender Series, UFC event Post Shows, and exclusive UFC analysis on Ariel and the Bad Guy. If you aren't sure what you need to do to watch UFC 242 PPV on ESPN+, here's a quick rundown of the big points.
How much will UFC 242 Pay Per View cost?
If you are new to ESPN+, you can get a special offer of UFC 242 PPV and a full year subscription to ESPN+ for only $79.98.
If you already have a monthly ESPN+ subscription, you can upgrade to an annual plan to bundle UFC 242 PPV and a full year subscription to ESPN+ for only $79.98.
If you already have any ESPN+ subscription, you can choose to purchase just the UFC 242 PPV for only $59.99.
New subscribers & monthly upgraders can get UFC 242 PPV and save over 25% on a one year plan for ESPN+
For new subscribers and current subscribers on monthly plans, this special offer includes plenty to watch beyond this one event. It includes a subscription to ESPN+, which usually costs $4.99 a month, or $49.99 a year. By bundling UFC 242 PPV and a year of ESPN+ for $79.98, new and monthly subscribers get a big discount on this sports streaming service. That subscription gives you a full year of live UFC Fight Nights, Top Rank Boxing cards, MLB, NHL, MLS, College Football, and so much more. Also, you will already have everything you need to buy other UFC PPV events for a whole year.
How to order UFC 242
If you already subscribe to ESPN+, you can buy UFC 242 PPV Main Event on the streaming devices you use to watch all the action. This feature is available on the ESPN app for TV platforms, and only takes a few taps on your remote.
For new subscribers, ESPN makes it easy to buy UFC 242 PPV on the event page of ESPN+. Just create an account and purchase this event on your computer. Then login with that account on a streaming device to activate the PPV in the ESPN app.
Both new and existing subscribers should buy UFC 242 early if they can. ESPN+ has shown that they can handle a rush of late orders, but you don't want to miss part of the event waiting to pick a new password or your purchase to process. It only takes a moment to sign up now and then sign in on your devices in advance. Take care of it before Saturday night, and then you can just focus on the fights!
UFC 242 - The Main Event
Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov (27-0) is among the elite of UFC fighters. He is the current Lightweight champion, the #2 ranked pound-for-pound overall fighter, and has the longest undefeated streak among UFC fighters. Khabib has also been among the biggest draws in the sport recently. His last headline pay-per-view was the best seller of the old cable pay-per-view system, with 2.4 million buys.
That last fight, in Oct., 2018 at UFC 229 against Conor McGregor, had a big impact on Khabib's career. Khabib submitted McGregor with a chokehold to end their fight in the fourth round. After winning the Lightweight belt from Al Iaquinta earlier that year to become the first Russian and first Muslim UFC champion, this title defense should have been a moment of great celebration. Instead the moment turned to chaos, as the fighters taunted one another, and attacked members of each other's corner team. A mix of ethnic, racial, and religious slurs were reportedly exchanged, along with personal attacks. Khaled Beydoun of The Undefeated provided a detailed account and editorial of everything involved. As a result, Khabib lost money, and was suspended from fighting for nine months. He only became eligible to return this July. Will he return unaffected by this experience, and be the same elite undefeated warrior?
Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier (25-5) is the perfect opponent for this moment, and this main event. Poirier is the interim Lightweight champion, which he won in a match against another champion, Max Holloway. The interim title came into play because of Khabib's long suspension, and claiming it put Poirier in perfect position to be the obvious challenger on the champ's return. Poirier also has a streak of five Fight of the Night or Performance of the Night awards.
Poirier has a long and successful UFC career going, but somehow this is his first shot at a full fledged championship. He is in the top ten in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings, and wins over huge names in the sport like Holloway, Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez. Poirier is a finisher, with only six decisions in his 25 victories, meaning he closed out fights early 19 times. If Khabib lost anything during his layoff, Dustin is sure to find and exploit it. A win here would provide a signature win for Poirier's legacy.
Watch Dustin Poirier in his rematch against Eddie Alvarez from July 2018. The bout earned Fight of the Night Honors.
How to watch UFC 242
You will need to use the ESPN app to watch UFC 242, so it's a good idea to get it on your streaming device before the action begins. It is available on the major streaming platforms and game consoles including iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
UFC 242 Schedule and Fight Card
- Early Prelims: 10:15 a.m. Eastern on ESPN+
- Prelims: Noon Eastern on ESPN+
- Main Card: 2 p.m. Eastern on PPV
- Post Show: 5 p.m. on ESPN+
UFC 242 also features three additional high-level matches in the Lightweight division, including Barboza vs. Felder. This match between two top-ten Lightweight fighters could preview a future challenger to the title. Another opportunity for the winner here could be a match against contenders like Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor or Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, who are trying to build their own case for a shot at the belt.
Edson Barboza (20-7) is a longtime kickboxer who started off hot in MMA, but he has lost three of his last four against stronger competition. Paul Felder (16-4) has a shorter career in the UFC, and this match could represent his first chance to fight the best in his division.
The rest of the card, subject to change as always, is as follows:
Main Card Pay Per View
- Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0) vs. Dustin Poirier (25-5)
- Edson Barboza (20-7) vs. Paul Felder (16-4)
- Islam Makhachev (17-1) vs. Davi Ramos (10-2)
- Curtis Blaydes (11-2) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-4)
- Mairbek Taisumov (27-5) vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira (15-2)
- Joanne Calderwood (13-4) vs. Andrea Lee (11-2)
- Zubaira Tukhugov (18-4) vs. Lerone Murphy (8-0)
- Liana Jojua (7-2) vs. Sarah Moras (5-6)
- Ottman Azaitar (11-0) vs. Teemu Packalén (8-2)
- Belal Muhammad (15-3) vs. Takashi Sato (15-2)
- Nordine Taleb (15-6) vs. Muslim Salikhov (14-2)
- Omari Akhmedov (18-4-1) vs. Zak Cummings (23-6)
- Don Madge (8-3-1) vs. Fares Ziam (10-2)
You can order UFC 242 Khabib vs. Poirier today. New ESPN+ subscribers pay $79.99 for this pay-per-view and 1 year of ESPN+. Existing subscribers pay just $59.99. Either way, you will get an exciting night of top fights including Khabib vs. Poirier.
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