UFC Fight Night 156 will take place August 10 at the Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay. While the preliminary fights begin at 5PM EST (2PM PST), the main event, Shevchenko vs. Carmouche, won’t begin until around 8PM EST. This event promises 14 unforgettable fights and below, we’ll explain how you can stream them all online for free.

This post will only recommend official sources. Popular sporting events like this one are often available via third-party streaming sites, but we recommend avoiding these. In addition to having laggy, low-resolution video, unauthorized streams are prone to being taken down partway through for copyright violation. This means you might not even see which fighter wins. As you can live stream UFC Fight Night 156 for free anyway, there’s no need to resort to unlicensed streams.

To watch UFC Fight Night 156 online free, you will need a VPN unless you are in the US. 

How to watch UFC Fight Night 156 free online

VPNs can seem a little intimidating at first, but they’re actually quite simple to use. Below, we’ll let you know how to watch UFC Fight Night 156 wherever you are:

  1. First of all, sign up for a suitable VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN, but if you’re looking for low-cost alternatives, NordVPN and CyberGhost are both excellent choices.
  2. Download and install the VPN app. There are usually several versions, so make sure to get the right one for your operating system.
  3. Choose one of the official sources from the list below.
  4. Connect to one of your VPN’s servers in the appropriate country. For example, you should use a US server to unblock ESPN+ from abroad.
  5. Log in to your chosen platform and play a video. It should start immediately, but if it doesn’t, clear your browser’s cache and cookies, then reload the page.

As this event will be broadcast live, we strongly recommend testing your VPN with the steps above well in advance of the start time. This way, if anything doesn’t work as expected, you’ll have plenty of time to contact your VPN’s customer service team for help, and might not have to miss the beginning of what’s sure to be a highly memorable fight.

How to watch UFC Fight Night 156 online

MMA’s popularity has risen dramatically in recent years, so it’s only natural that the UFC has allowed its programming to be shown in several countries worldwide. Take a look below to find out which network is showing De Randamie in your country:


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The main card fights will air ESPN+ and the preliminary matches, on ESPN2. If your cable TV subscription already includes ESPN, you can watch online at no added cost. To stream the main event, however, you’ll need an ESPN+ account. These aren’t too expensive, though, at $4.99 USD per month.

ESPN+ is region-locked and can only be used if you’re in the US or connected to a US VPN server. It’s worth mentioning that this platform doesn’t check to see if your PayPal account is linked to a US address, meaning you can actually sign up from anywhere. Don’t have a VPN yet? ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it risk-free.


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BT Sport is the only broadcaster showing UFC Fight Night 156 in the UK. The preliminary fights will begin at 11 PM BST on August 10, with the main events starting around 1 AM If you already subscribe to BT Sport, you’re in the clear and can simply stream the event live on the website. If not, things become slightly more complicated.

This network is known for buying exclusive broadcasting rights to major sporting events. This wouldn’t be a problem except BT Sport doesn’t offer any kind of online-only pass, meaning you need a cable subscription to watch. There are discounted rates and a three-month trial for existing BT customers, but if you’re with any other provider, the price increases, and the trial period does not apply. If you’re with Sky, prices start at £25 per month, while Virgin and TalkTalk subscribers can expect to pay £29.99 per month for the exact same coverage.

BT Sport is only available in the UK. You can still log in from abroad by connecting to a British VPN server, however.


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Canadian MMA fans can watch UFC Fight Night 156 on TSN. These fights will air at the same time as they’re on in the US, so there’s no need to avoid spoilers the morning after. If your cable package already includes TSN, you can sign in and start streaming at no added cost.

This platform doesn’t include a trial period, but it does allow you to purchase a day pass ($4.99 CAD) instead of the standard month-long subscription ($19.99). You should note that TSN checks to make sure your payment method is linked to a Canadian address, so while Canadians in other countries can still sign up, it’s difficult for foreign users to do so.

TSN is geo-blocked, meaning you’ll have to use a VPN to access it from outside of Canada.


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You can live stream Shevchenko vs. Carmouche at 7 AM AEST, August 11, on ESPN in Australia. There will also be a repeat at 5 PM in case you don’t relish the idea of getting up early on the weekends. Both Foxtel and Fetch offer this channel, so if your cable subscription includes ESPN, you can simply log in to Foxtel Go or WatchESPN apps and watch De Randamie vs. Ladd online free.

Don’t have cable? As Foxtel has its own online streaming service and lower initial costs, it’s the better option for new subscribers. Usually, it would cost $40 AUD per month to get the required channel packs on Foxtel Now, but this platform includes a ten-day trial, during which you’ll have access to every channel. This means that you can sign up, watch the fights, then cancel to avoid being charged.

Foxtel and Fetch are only available in Australia. Additionally, Foxtel Now requires you to enter an Australian phone number during registration. This means that it’s difficult to even sign up if you don’t usually live in Australia.

Other locations

If you can’t watch UFC Fight Night 156 online free using any of the services above, you might be better off subscribing to UFC Fight Pass. It’s available worldwide, except for in Brazil, and while prices vary based on your location, it usually costs around $10 USD. There’s a week-long free trial too, so you can see if this service is right for you.

Like many sports streaming services, UFC Fight Pass uses blackouts to prevent you from watching fights that are being shown by another broadcaster in your country. As a result, this might not be the best way for everybody to watch. If another platform is showing UFC Fight Night 156 where you are, it’d likely be easier to sign up for that than to find a country where UFC Fight Pass isn’t blacking out this event.

UFC Fight Pass is regionally restricted but available anywhere except Brazil. If you’re in Brazil, you’ll need a VPN to use this service.

UFC Fight Night 156: full schedule

UFC Fight Night 156 promises to be as exciting as ever. Take a look below for the full schedule:

FightWeight Class
Veronica Macedo vs. Polyana VianaWomen's Strawweight
Gilbert Burns vs. Aleksei KunchenkoWelterweight
Alex da Silva vs. Rodrigo VargasLightweight
Taila Santos vs. Ariane CarnelossiWomen's Flyweight
Geraldo de Freitas vs. GutierrezFeatherweight
Rogerio Bontorin vs. Raulian PaivaFlyweight
Marina Rodriguez vs. Tecia TorresWomen's Strawweight
Cyril Gane vs. Raphael PessoaHeavyweight
Enrique Barzola vs. Bobby MoffettFeatherweight
Oskar Piechota vs. Rodolfo VieiraMiddleweight
Ilir Latifi vs. Volkan OezdemirLight Heavyweight
Humberto Bandenay vs. vs. Luiz Eduardo GaragorriFeatherweight
Mike Perry vs. Vicente LuqueWelterweight
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz CarmoucheWomen's Flyweight