It's a battle of the unbeatens this time around, with a pretty big fight as the main event.
UFC 253 Main Event Preview
In the main event, we'll see Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa. Both of which are undefeated. Adesanya is 19-0 and Costa is currently 13-0, with Adesanya being the reigning middleweight champion. This is a championship bout, and someone is going to be going home, no longer undefeated.
This is history making tonight. It's only the second time in UFC history where two unbeaten fighters have fought for a title. The last time this happened was at UFC 98, way back in May of 2009. Where Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida faced off for the light heavyweight title.
Needless to say, this is sure to be an epic battle.
There are four other fights on the main card tonight as well. With Dominick Reyes vs Jan Blackowicz, Kai Kara-France vs Brandon Royval, Ketlen Vieira vs Sijaara Eubanks and Haleem Daodu vs Zubaira Tukhogov.
What time does UFC 253 start?
UFC 253 will technically start at 6:15pm ET with the early prelims which will be broadcast on ESPN+.
At 8pm ET the prelims will start, and they will move over to ESPN.
With the main card starting at 10pm ET, and that will be exclusively on ESPN+. You will also need to purchase the PPV to get the main card, which consists of five bouts this time around.
To purchase the PPV through ESPN+, just open the ESPN app and you should see a pop-up for buying the PPV. It'll cost you $64.99 if you are an ESPN+ subscriber and $84.99 if you are not. The $84.99 price includes a year of ESPN+ for $20 (that's the difference), which is a really incredible deal. As you'd normally be paying $5/month for ESPN+.
The early prelims and prelims can sometimes be entertaining, but the real fights don't start til 10pm ET when the main card starts.
Who's fighting at UFC 253?
- Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa
- Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz
- Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval
- Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks
- Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
- Brad Riddell vs. Alex da Silva
- Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews
- Shane Young vs. Ludovit Klein
- William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur
- Juan Espino vs. Jeff Hughes
- Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques
How do I watch UFC 253?
UFC 253 will be available exclusively on ESPN+. You'll need to be an ESPN+ subscriber, and you also need to purchase the PPV. Otherwise, you'll only be able to watch the early prelims.
If you are an ESPN+ subscriber, the PPV is going to cost you $64.99. If not, you're going to need to pay $84.98, which includes the PPV as well as a year subscription to ESPN+. At $20 for the first year, that's nearly a third of what ESPN+ would normally cost you.
UFC recently went up on the price of its PPVs by $5. Which is why it is now over $60 for the PPV. But the good thing is, there is an extra fight included with the main card now. Making it worth the extra cash.
With the yearly subscription to ESPN+, you are also getting access to a ton of other content. Including UFC Fight Night, which also happens once a month. Other UFC shows on ESPN+ include Dana White's Contender Series, UFC Post Shows and exclusive analysis on "Ariel and the Bad Guy".
There's plenty of original content from the UFC, NBA, MLB and other sports. In fact, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Kevin Durant are just a few of the athletes that have their own shows on ESPN+ right now. And there are always more coming to the platform. Not to mention some live games as well. It's worth the $5 per month, though at $20 for the entire year, it makes it a steal.
And with ESPN+ you also get the ability to watch the PPV on just about any platform you wish. Whether that is Android, Android TV, Chromecast, iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Samsung and Vizio smart TVs. It's everywhere you are. So no matter where you are, you'll be able to watch this PPV.