UFC 248 is going down this Saturday, on March 7, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and here's how you can watch it.
This PPV is going to be headlined by Adesanya vs Romero, who will battle in the main event in a middleweight bout. There are going to be six fights on the main card. With four in the prelims and three in the early prelims. And seeing as the cost of the PPV went up recently, it's good to see that there are more fights on the main card now.
UFC 248 Main Event Preview
As mentioned, the main event features Israel Adesanya vs Yoel Romero. Adesanya is one of two undefeated UFC Champions right now, voted Fighter of the Year in 2019, 1st Nigerian born champion in UFC History and a decorated kickboxing champion. Meanwhile Romero is a World Champion in Freestyle Wrestling, and Olympic Silver Medalist, 2x title challenger, #3 ranked UFC middleweight, Born in Cuba.
While these two fighters are not yet household names in the UFC, this is bound to be a really good main event for UFC 248.
The co-main event is a Women Strawweight bout between Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Zhang is the first Chinese born champion in UFC history winning the title in 42 seconds, #3 ranked women's pound for pound fighter. She has also won 20 fights in a row, and UFC 248 is going to be her first title defense. Joanna is a former Strawweight Champion, multiple Muay Thai and Kickboxing champion, and 1st Polish UFC Champion. Joanna actually has the most title defenses in UFC Strawweight history, and if she wins on Saturday, she'll be the UFC's first two-time Strawweight Champion.
What time does UFC 248 start?
UFC 248 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.
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 248?
Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Yoel Romero
Weili Zhang (c) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Beneil Dariush vs. Drakkar Klose
Neil Magny vs. Li Jingliang
Alex Oliveira vs. Max Griffin
Sean O'Malley vs. Jose Quinones
Mark Madsen vs. Austin Hubbard
Rodolfo Vieira vs. Saparbek Safarov
Gerald Meerschaert vs. Deron Winn
Emily Whitmire vs. Polyana Viana
Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Movsar Evolev
Danaa Batgerel vs. Guido Cannetti
How do I watch UFC 248?
UFC 248 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.