UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards is coming with a live streaming event this Saturday, August 20. This UFC event will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the early prelim fights starting at 18:00 ET (15:00 PT / 23:00 BST), and the main card will begin at 22:00 ET (19:00 PT / 03:00 BST). Below, we’ll explain how to live stream UFC 278 from the US, Canada, the UK, or anywhere else abroad.
This post will only recommend official sources for watching UFC 278. Pirated versions are prone to DMCA take-downs mid-stream and laggy and low-resolution viewing experiences. Unofficial streams can also put your security at risk. Instead, we recommend you use the official streaming sources detailed below.
The platforms showing UFC 278 are all region-locked, meaning you’ll need a VPN to watch your usual services while traveling abroad.
How to watch UFC 278 (Usman vs. Edwards) online abroad
Most of the services showing UFC 278 are region-locked, and you’ll see an error message if you try to use them abroad. However, accessing geo-restricted content like the Usman vs. Edwards fight is easy with a VPN. Follow the steps below to watch UFC 278 from abroad (outside the US).
Here’s how to live stream UFC 278 online from anywhere:
- First, sign up for a suitable VPN. We particularly recommend NordVPN, although Surfshark and ExpressVPN are both high-quality alternatives.
- Download and install the VPN software, ensuring your device’s and operating system’s correct version.
- Choose one of the official sources from the list below.
- Connect to a VPN server in the appropriate country. For instance, you’d use a US server to unblock ESPN+ or a Canadian server for TSN.
- Play a video on your chosen site. In most cases, it will begin immediately. If it doesn’t, you can fix most issues by clearing your browser’s cookies and cache and then refreshing the page.
Usman vs. Edwards will be broadcast live, and as such, we strongly recommend testing your VPN with the steps above well before it’s due to begin. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team if anything goes wrong and avoid missing the start of what’s sure to be a very exciting event.
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How to watch UFC 278 on US TV
ESPN (and partially the UFC) hold the broadcast rights for the Usman vs. Edwards fight in the US, and as such, the main fight card will be shown on ESPN+. This requires a basic ESPN+ subscription which costs $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year.
Here’s how to watch UFC 278 in the US:
- Early prelims: ESPN+
- Prelims: ESPN2 (available via ESPN+ and with FuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.
- Main event: ESPN+
It’s worth mentioning that all of the above services are geo-blocked. As such, you’ll need a VPN to use them abroad. NordVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to try it risk-free.
Where else can I watch UFC 278 live online?
MMA has grown in popularity over the last few years and now has a huge international audience. Below, we’ll let you know how to live stream UFC 278 outside the US.
Watch UFC 278 in the UK
BT Sport is the current rights holder for UFC events broadcast in the UK. Don’t have BT Sport? No problem: you can just sign up for the online-only pass, which costs £25 per month. Unfortunately, though, this doesn’t come with any kind of a free trial.
You can watch the prelims, and the main event live on BT Sport Box Office. However, UFC Fight Pass lets you stream the prelims, and early prelims live for £6.99 per month, with the main card fights coming two days later.
BT Sport is only available in the UK, so you’ll need a VPN to get a UK IP address if you’re currently abroad.
Watch UFC 278 in Australia
Australian fight fans can purchase streaming access to the main fight card through Main Event or Kayo. Either way, it’ll cost you $54.95 AUD, plus an extra $25 per month for a Foxtel Now subscription if you don’t already have one.
Alternatively, you can sign up for UFC Fight Pass and then purchase the main event through UFC Pay Per View — this is the only way to stream the early prelims.
These services are region-locked. To use them abroad, you’ll have to connect to an Australian VPN server.
Watch UFC 278 in Canada
If you’re hoping to watch UFC 278 live online in Canada, you’ll need to use various services.
To get the early preliminary matches, you’ll have to create an account on UFC Fight Pass for $9.99. The Preliminary matches, however, are only available through TSN or RDS. You can access TSN through a cable provider or a standalone service known as TSN Direct. Unfortunately, TSN Direct does not come with a free trial, and you cannot get a refund after signing up for the service. TSN/RDS Direct costs $19.99 CAD per month or $7.99 daily.
Finally, you can purchase access through UFC’s Pay-Per-View service if you want to watch the main fight card. This requires you to shell out $64.99 CAD. The main event is also available through BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink PPV options.
A VPN is going to be a handy thing for fight fans traveling in Canada. First, it’ll allow you to use the above services if you’re abroad. Additionally, If you sign up for UFC Fight Pass, you can connect to a VPN server in the UK to get both the prelims and early prelims without having to use TSN Direct.
UFC 278: full schedule
|Preliminary Fights||Leonardo Santos vs. Jared Gordon||Lightweights|
|Wu Yanan vs. Lucie Pudilova||Bantamweights|
|Tyson Pedro vs. Harry Hunsucker||Light Heavyweights|
|Daniel Lacerda vs. Victor Altamirano||Flyweights|
|Aori Qileng vs. Jay Perrin||Bantamweights|
|A.J. Fletcher vs. Ange Loosa||Welterweights|
|Sean Woodson vs. Luis Saldana||Featherweights|
|Main Event||Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards||welterweight|
|Jose Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili||Bantamweights|
|Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold||Middleweights|
|Amir Albazi vs. Francisco Figueiredo||Flyweights|
|Marcin Tybura vs. Alexandr Romanov||Heavyweights|
UFC 278: FAQs
How do I get UFC 288?
The best streaming options for UFC 288 depend on your location. If you're in the US, you'll need an ESPN+ account. UK fans can watch via BT Sport, while you can stream on Kayo Sports in Australia.
How much does UFC 288 cost?
How much UFC 288 costs depends on the streaming service you opt for. While ESPN+ costs just $9.99 (USD) a month, BT Sport and Kayo Sports are a little more expensive at £29.99 (GBP) and $25 (AUD) respectively. Of these three options, only Kayo Sports offers a free trial (7 days) for new customers.
Who's fighting in UFC 288?
Headlining UFC 288 is the heavyweight matchup of Cejudo vs Sterling. There are plenty of other exciting fights to look forward to including the co-main event which is the incredibly anticipated Welterweight fight between Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad.
Can I get in trouble for streaming UFC abroad?