UFC 243: How To Watch, Start Times and Fight Card

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UFC 243 will be taking place from Melbourne, Australia this weekend, and it’s likely to be one of the best PPV’s from the UFC in quite some time.

Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 243.

How to watch UFC 243

ESPN+ will be the exclusive provider of UFC 243 once again.


If you are a ESPN+ subscriber already, the PPV is going to cost you $54.99.

Now, if you are not yet an ESPN+ subscriber, you will need to fork over $79.99. It’s more expensive because you are getting a year of ESPN+ included, at nearly half of the regular price. ESPN+ does cost you $5 per month normally, but the annual plan is $49.99. However with this UFC deal, you are getting it for just $25. And you won’t want to miss out on it. Seeing as you’re going to be getting a ton of UFC content with ESPN+.

This means that the only choice to watch UFC 243 is going to be on ESPN+.


You can sign up for ESPN+ here and purchase the PPV as well.

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When does UFC 243 start?

With UFC 243 taking place in Melbourne, Australia at the Marvel Arena this time around, the start times won’t actually be starting any later than usual. Which is a bit surprising. Basically, it’ll be starting first thing in the morning on Sunday, October 6 in Australia, due to the time difference.


In the US, the early prelims kick off at 6:15PM ET, and will be on ESPN+ exclusively. The prelims start at 8PM ET and you can catch that on ESPN and ESPN+. Finally, the main card starts at 10PM ET, and that will be exclusively on ESPN+. The main card is what you’re paying $54.99 for, as that is the actual pay-per view.

Who’s on the card?

In the main event, there’s two fights. Which includes Tai Tuivasa versus Serghei Spivac. And a Middleweight Championship fight between champion Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya.

Tuivasa has been pretty incredible to watch as of late, so that co-main event is definitely going to be one to watch. Then there is also the Middleweight Championship fight, which has everyone talking. This is the most hyped match since Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov  at UFC 229, last October.


That’s not all who’s fighting though. So let’s go over the entire card.

Main card

UFC Middleweight Championship match: Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Israel Adesanya
Al Iaquinta vs. Dan Hooker
Tai Tuivasa vs. Serghei Spivac
Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
Justin Tafa vs. Yorgan De Castro


Jake Matthews vs. Rostam Akman
Callan Potter vs. Maki Pitolo
Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos


Early Prelims

Brad Riddell vs. Jamie Mullarkey
Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim
Khalid Taha vs Bruno Silva

Wrap Up

UFC 243 is going to be one of the best PPVs that UFC has put on all year, and if you are a UFC fan, this is one you aren’t going to want to miss. Make sure that you order your PPV before Saturday night, as ESPN+’s servers could be overwhelmed and you may end up missing out on some of the main card. And that’s not something you’ll want.

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