UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal is headed our way via live stream on Saturday, April 24, starting at 5:00 PM EST / 10:00 PM BST with the early prelim fights. This fight sees UFC taking a step away from the UFC Apex in Vegas and into VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Viewers who can’t attend in person can watch live anywhere in the US or abroad. You may be able to stream UFC 261 on Kodi, but a VPN will be needed to access your usual streams if you’re living or travel abroad.
This guide will show you how to watch UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal live in the US or abroad through Kodi and without having to rely solely on traditional cable TV or Pay-Per-View options.
Note that our guide will only provide information on legitimate Kodi streaming add-ons. Popular sporting events like UFC 261 are often locked behind paywalls, including pay-per-view models. As a result, many users may try to turn to illegal streaming sources. However, such streams often broadcast in poor quality, buffer significantly, and may even cut out during the fight. Many unlicensed streaming websites also contain malware. Official sources will let you watch UFC 261 for free and without risk, so there’s no need to turn to untrustworthy streaming sources.
The UFC 261 main event won’t be free in the US, UK, Canada, or most other countries, but you may be able to access the stream back home at a lower cost using a VPN to connect to your home country. If you are traveling abroad or have a payment method in select countries, the entire event may even be free for you to watch.
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The main card for UFC 261 is scheduled to start at 9:00 PM EST (2 AM BST).
How to watch Usman vs Masvidal free on Kodi with a VPN
You can bypass UFC region locks using a VPN. Follow these steps to watch UFC 261 through Kodi from anywhere in the world.
Here’s how to watch Usman vs Masvidal (UFC 261) on Kodi:
- First, sign up for a VPN service of your choice. For Kodi users, we recommend IPVanish, although NordVPN, ExpressVPN, Surfshark are comparable alternatives.
- Download the VPN’s app on your desired streaming device (make sure it has an app for that device).
- Connect to a VPN server in a country where UFC 261 is available to stream. For example, if you’re using UFC Fight Pass, a US or UK server will do, while viewing free through DAZN will require a Germany, Spain, or Italy-based VPN server.
- Try visiting your chosen website or service, or streaming through your desired Kodi addon. It should load almost immediately.
We strongly suggest running these setup instructions well in advance of when the UFC 261 main event starts. This way, if anything doesn’t work as expected, you’ll still have time to get help from your VPN’s customer support staff and might not have to miss any of the event.
Different countries may have different streaming sources, but for those looking to watch online, you’ll need to sign up for UFC Fight Pass or ESPN+ to get the Preliminary matches. And if you’re in Germany, Spain, or Italy, you can watch the main event on DAZN for free using the free trial option.
How to watch UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal on Kodi
UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal is a pay-per-view event in almost every country around the world where it’s available. However, in most locations, you can get the early preliminary and preliminary matches without paying a dime. And in Germany, Italy, or Spain, you can get the main event for free through DAZN with a free trial (you’ll need UFC Fight Pass for $9.99 per month for the prelims and early prelims). If you sign up for DAZN in the US there’s no free trial, but the cost is much less than the UFC 261 PPV price. From there, a VPN like IPVanish can help you access non-US DAZN libraries while abroad for live access.
At present, the only active Kodi addon for watching UFC 261 is DAZN. There is no addon for UFC Fight Pass or ESPN+, so you’ll still need to use either the apps or websites for these services ESPN to access the fight.
Streaming options in major UFC regions include:
- United States: UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ (Early Prelims); ESPN2 or ESPN+ (Prelims); ESPN+ PPV (Main)
- United Kingdom and Ireland: UFC Fight Pass (Early Prelims); UFC Fight Pass and ESPN (Prelims); BT Sport Box Office (Main)
- Germany: UFC Fight Pass (Early Prelims and Prelims); DAZN or UFC PPV (Main Event)
- Italy: UFC Fight Pass (Early Prelims and Prelims); DAZN or UFC PPV (Main Event)
- Spain: UFC Fight Pass (Early Prelims and Prelims); DAZN or UFC PPV (Main Event)
- Canada: UFC Fight Pass (Early Prelims); TSN and RDS (Prelims); UFC PPV, Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, or UFC PPV (Main Event)
- Australia: UFC Fight Pass or ESPN (Early Prelims and Prelims); Main Event PPV (Foxtel required), UFC Fight Pass PPV, Fetch TV, (Main Event)
Anyone in the US can use UFC Fight Pass and a VPN to watch the entire Early Prelim and Prelim events for $9.99. Even without a free trial, DAZN’s monthly subscription payment is cheaper than the cost of UFC 261 Pay-Per-View in most countries, especially the US.
However, a VPN may or may not work to get access to DAZN Germany, Italy, or Spain. VPN functionality with DAZN can be spotty, so we recommend you test different VPN servers and even different VPNs to find one that works with DAZN Germany, Italy, or Spain. All of our recommended VPNs offer money-back guarantees.
How to install the DAZN Kodi addon
Here’s how to install the DAZN addon directly from the official Kodi addon repository:
- From your Kodi home screen, click on Video addons
- Next, click on Install from repository
- Locate the Kodi addon repository, then click on Video addons
- Find the DAZN addon, then click Install
- You’ll find the DAZN addon from the Kodi home screen > Video addons
- Right-click / long-press the DAZN addon to input your username and password
Now you’ll be able to load any available streams from DAZN. The difficulty with DAZN may be that some VPNs won’t work when connected to VPN servers in Germany, Italy, or Spain. If you’re having issues getting IPVanish or other VPN services to access the German, Italian, or Spanish version of the site through Kodi, we recommend you try another VPN or utilize the Pay-Per-View option.
As DAZN eliminated free trials in the US, this is no longer an option for US fight fans to get free access to the main event. However, paying for a month of DAZN in the US and using a VPN is cheaper than paying for UFC 261 PPV.
Sling TV Kodi Addon
The preliminary fight card for UFC 261 will broadcast on ESPN. Thankfully, that means you can sign up with Sling TV for a low first-month cost ($10) and get cheap access to the entire preliminary fight card. Sling TV is also one of the only live TV streaming services with an available Kodi addon (made by the Kodi community and not endorsed or supported by Sling TV).
You can install this addon directly from the Official Kodi Addon Repository. Once you have it installed, just create a free trial to Sling TV. You’ll need to subscribe to Sling Orange, which carries ESPN channels. Note that Sling TV only offers a 3-day free trial, so make sure to cancel right after the event if you don’t want to keep the service.
In case you’re wondering: Yes, you can sign up for and access Sling TV from abroad, as well. As long as you have a US payment method, a VPN like IPVanish will let you right in with your free trial.
How to watch UFC 261 on Firestick
You can download and install Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV, including the Firestick. The app is not available through the Amazon App Store, so you’ll need to sideload Kodi on the Firestick.
Once you have Kodi installed, all of the addons listed above will work, and you can install them on Kodi using the same steps mentioned above.
Additional UFC 261 options
UFC 261 should be available in the US, UK, Australia, Germany, Canada, Italy, Spain, and many other locations abroad. With a VPN and UFC Fight Pass, you should be able to get access to the entire fight, including the Prelims, although DAZN and Sling TV are your only options to legally watch Usman vs Masvidal on Kodi.
However, if you want to watch the fight outside of Kodi, there may be a few additional options, especially if you’re in the US. You may want to check out our regular streaming guide for how to watch UFC 261 for more details on where and how to watch the event.
|Early preliminary matches||Dana Batgerel vs Kevin Natividad|
|Rodrigo Vargas vs Zhu Rong|
|Qileng Aori vs Jeff Molina|
|Preliminary matches||Alex Oliveira vs Randy Brown|
|Dwight Grant vs Stefan Sekulic|
|Karl Roberson vs Brendan Allen|
|Pat Sabatini vs Tristan Connelly|
|Main card||*Kamaru Usman vs
Jorge Masvidal (MAIN EVENT)
|Weili Zhang vs Rose Namajunas (CO-MAIN EVENT)|
|Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Andrade|
|Uriah Hall vs Chris Weidman|
|Anthony Smith vs Jimmy Crute|