It’s less than 48 hours until UFC 231 starts in Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada. On December 8, the featherweight title fight between the champion Max “Blessed” Holloway and No1-ranked contender Brian “T-City” Ortega who is yet to face a defeat, is set to bring MMA fans around the world back to their screens. A co-main event will be the bout for a vacant women’s flyweight title between Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko and Joana Jedrzejczyk. We give you all the tips on how to watch Holloway vs Ortega live online.
Best ways to watch UFC 231 Holloway vs Ortega live
Basically, you have two options to watch UFC 231 live. You can either stream it via UFC.tv with UFC Pay-per-view and the UFC Fight pass, using the UFC.tv app (works on Android, iOS, Apple, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku), or you choose a cable channel that broadcasts the event in your country and hope it also has an app for your device.
However, you have to be aware that both methods will only work from a particular location. While UFC Fight pass is available to most, Pay-per-view (PPV) is often restricted to a lower number of countries. The situation with TV is not much different. Certain networks have the permission to broadcast UFC 231 only in specific regions.
So for many MMA fans, the main problem is how to avoid getting geo-blocked. This is where a virtual private network, or VPN, comes to the rescue. A VPN is one of the most effective ways to bypass geo-blocking – it masks your true IP address, which is how streaming platforms and other online resources determine your location. Connecting to a VPN server in a particular country will make it seem like you’re actually in that country. This way, you can take advantage of deals that are only available in certain regions.
If you’re in a country where UFC 231 PPV is not available, a VPN will help you buy it from a country where it is. Alternatively, if PPV is available in your country, a VPN can help you get it cheaper.
List of UFC 231 streaming channels
Here you will find the list of channels that are streaming UFC 231 in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Middle East, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and Australia.
- FightNetwork (Canada) – the app supports Roku, Apple TV, Android, and iOS devices
- UFC Fight Pass (USA) – the app supports Mac, Android, iOS, Fire TV, Roku
- BT Sport (UK) – the app supports Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices
- DAZN (Germany) – the app supports virtually all OS, browsers, smart TVs, connected devices and Xbox One game console
- OSN (Middle East) – the app supports PC, Mac, Android, iOS
- Viaplay (Sweden, Denmark) – the app supports Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Android TV, Smart TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 3&4, Xbox One, and Google Home
- Match TV (Russia) – the website works on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS (multiple browsers)
- Main Event (Australia) – available via Foxtel or Optus TV featuring Foxtel for $54.95
As you see, it’s possible to choose an alternative to UFC.tv, but most of the time the terms and prices of such deals are worse compared to what you get from UFC.tv (with the help of a good VPN).
Which VPN is the best for streaming UFC 231 live?
While it’s hard to recommend one VPN for everyone, it’s easy to warn people not to use free VPNs. Not only do they often sell your data to third parties, but their servers are also constantly overcrowded, meaning problems streaming UFC 231 are almost inevitable.
When choosing a VPN for streaming UFC 231 live, pay attention to its speed and ability to fight geo-blocking. MMA fans in Europe and North America should probably pick either ExpressVPN or NordVPN, two of the best services there are today. The latter also offers a 3-day free trial, which should be enough to stream UFC 231 live. Users in Asia should look into Astrill VPN, which is known for its speed and the best server network in the region.
While ExpressVPN and NordVPN offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, CyberGhost VPN gives you 45-days. So you might want to choose one of the three to be still able to use it come UFC 232 on December 29.
Finding the best UFC.tv Pay-per-view deal for Holloway vs Ortega
Some UFC fans still don’t know that the price of the main event varies greatly depending on the location you’re at. Most viewers in the US are used to paying $64.99. With a VPN they can save money by pretending to be a Mexican customer instead ($34.99). South America has many countries with similar prices, so Argentina (same price as Mexico) can be the universal choice location-wise.
Users in Europe will like Germany and it’s $20.29 deal, while Asia should be thankful for the Philippines and its $17.16 option. Overall, the cheapest UFC.tv Pay-per-view is in Russia – you can buy one for a mere $14.92. That’s a price drop of more than 75%! The US and Russia must be in different weight categories.
When choosing a country to buy UFC 231 PPV from, remember that the cheapest deal isn’t always the best if you are far away from that country. It’s always recommended to first test your internet speed with a VPN when connected to that country’s server. If your bandwidth is below 5 Mbps, you might have trouble streaming Holloway vs Ortega in HD. In this case, try searching for deals closer to you. There’s no point saving money on PPV and losing your nerve watching a stuttering stream.
A step-by-step guide on streaming Ortega vs Holloway (UFC 231) online with a VPN
- Choose the VPN you like most. We recommend either ExpressVPN or NordVPN. Astrill VPN is good if you’re in Asia, and CyberGhost VPN has a 45-day of money-back guarantee.
- Go to the website of your chosen VPN and subscribe. Before paying, make sure you are eligible for the money-back guarantee. Alternatively, choose one with a free trial, like Astrill VPN or NordVPN.
- Download your VPN client. You can use it on multiple devices, just don’t forget there’s a simultaneous connection limit. For ExpressVPN it’s three, while NordVPN allows six.
- Install and start the VPN client. Enter your login info.
- Choose a server in the country you’ll be buying the PPV from. Russia and the Philippines are two of the cheapest options for UFC 231. If you’re in North America or South America – try Mexico or Argentina.
- Go to Ufc.tv and buy the PPV. Don’t forget the UFC Fight pass if you want to see the fights that are not on the main card.
- Wait for December 8, 10:00pm Eastern Time (EST). Connect to the server in the country you bought the PPV from and dive in for all that Holloway vs Ortega action.
Is there a way to watch Ortega vs Holloway live for free?
Sure, but watching UFC for free comes with its own risks. Hordes of fighting sports lovers try to live stream each iteration of UFC online. Most of them end up disappointed with the quality, and quite a few also get their PC infected with malware. Websites hosting free streams usually also display many ads and misleading links. Click on the wrong one, and you may end up with malware that you will be trying to clean instead of watching the fight.
Even if you manage to dodge malware, you may still end up with low-quality video. Most importantly, the illegal stream can be shut down any minute and there’s nothing worse than scrambling for an alternative video source just as Bruce Buffer announces what time it is. We hope this will be enough for you to drop the idea of using illegal streams to watch Ortega vs Holloway live.
When does the fight between Ortega and Holloway start?
The main card of UFC 231 begins on Saturday, December 3, 10:00pm EST. Prelims start at 8:00pm, and the Early Prelims are set for 6:00pm. The event will take place at the Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
Below are the Main Card starting times for popular locations:
- Los Angeles (PT): 7:00pm
- Chicago (CT): 9:00pm
- New York (EST): 10:00pm
- London (BST): 3:00am, Sunday
- Paris (CET): 4:00am, Sunday
- Moscow (MSK): 5:00am, Sunday
- Tokyo (JST): 11:00am, Sunday
- Sydney (AET): 1:00am, Sunday
Nobody can predict how long each fight will take, so the start of the featherweight title fight between Ortega and Holloway will depend on the outcome of the other four Main Card bouts. If you want to make sure you don’t miss Holloway vs Ortega, tune in not too long after 10:00pm ET.
All events on the UFC 231 fight card
Below you will find the full list of fights set for UFC 231, starting from the Early prelims, which will be available exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 231 Early prelims (UFC Fight Pass), 6:00pm EST
- Brad Katona (7-0-0) vs Matthew Lopez (10-3-0), Bantamweight
- Hakeem Dawodu (8-1-1) vs Kyle Bochniak (8-3-0), Featherweight
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier (11-3-0) vs Gilbert Burns (13-3-0), Lightweight
- Chad Laprise (13-3-0) vs Dhiego Lima (12-7-0), Welterweight
- John Makdessi (16-6-0) vs Carlos Diego Ferreira (13-2-0), Lightweight
UFC 231 Prelims (Fox Sports 1), 8:00pm EST
- Alex Oliveira (19-5-1, 2NC) vs Gunnar Nelson (16-3-1), Welterweight
- Katlyn Chookagian (11-1-0) vs Jessica Eye (13-6-0, 1NC), Woman Flyweight
- Devin Clark (9-2-0) vs Aleksandar Rakic (10-1-0), Light Heavyweight
- Elias Theodorou (15-2-0) vs Eryk Anders (11-2-0), Middleweight
UFC 231 Main card (UFC PPV), 10:00pm EST
- Max Holloway (19-3-0) vs Brian Ortega (13-0-0, 1NC), Featherweight, Main event
- Valentina Shevchenko (15-3-0) vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-2-0), Women Flyweight, Co-main event for the vacant Flyweight title
- Hakeem Dawodu (8-0-1) vs Kyle Bochniak (8-3-0), Featherweight
- Alex Oliveira (19-4-1, 2NC) vs Gunnar Nelson (16-3-1), Welterweight
- Jimi Manuwa (17-4-0) vs Thiago Santos (19-6-0), Light Heavyweight
What are the odds of Holloway vs Ortega main events?
According to the bookmakers, Holloway and Ortega are matched pretty evenly. Max is unanimously seen as a slight favorite (around -135), and Brian is more often portrayed as an underdog (+25). The odds of Valentina Shevchenko claiming the vacant flyweight title are bigger (-330) than Joanna’s (+235), but we believe that both fighters have a real chance to take the belt.
Do you already have your favorite to win Holloway vs Ortega or Shevchenko vs Jedrzejczyk? Maybe you’re waiting for the co-main event even more? Let us know in the comments below.