Irish fighter Conor McGregor is making his dramatic return to the cage on October 7, 2018, as he takes on 26-0 lightweight fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229. Will McGregor be able to redeem himself in the cage after his loss in the boxing ring to retired champ Floyd Mayweather Jr.? If you can’t attend the fight in person at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada, you can still watch online. You’ll be able to watch Khabib vs. McGregor live online in the US, UK, Australia, and anywhere abroad using a few key sources.
The Khabib vs. McGregor main card is scheduled for 10 PM EST / 3 AM GMT+1 on Otctober 7. There are also nearly a dozen other fights scheduled for the main card event, as well as several preliminary fights starting at 8 PM EST, and some exclusive preliminary fights at 6:30 PM EST. All told, if you have the right sources, you’re going to be in for a long evening of MMA.
The two fighters had their weigh-in on October 5 at 5 PM EST. The somewhat tense and energetic weigh-in saw the two fights nearly break out into a fight. The more stoic Khabib weighed in at 155 pounds, while the fan-favorite McGregor was just shy of that mark at 154.5 pounds.
You can watch the full recap via the YouTube video below.
In the US, you’ll need Pay-Per-View through the UFC, while UK residents can watch via Sky Sports Box Office. Australian fans may have some options through the Main Event website as well. You can live stream Khabib vs. McGregor anywhere abroad as well, although you will need to bypass geographic content restrictions to view the events. We’ll show you how.
Your streaming options for Khabib vs. McGregor are going to be limited, even where available. As a result, you can expect streaming options to have loaded servers and, in fact, some privacy risks as well. The more popular a stream, the more likely it is stream hijacking will occur from both official and unofficial sources.
To avoid any privacy concerns and ensure you have the best streaming experience possible, you will want to secure your network. A VPN will lock down your video streams in a private, encrypted tunnel that prevents network hijacking. A good VPN can easily bypass geographic content restrictions, letting you easily access Khabib vs. McGregor anywhere in the world.
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To get your VPN working with Khabib vs. McGregor, do the following:
- Sign up for VPN service by creating your account online. (We recommend ExpressVPN) but other options can work as well, including NordVPN and Cyberghost.
- Download the VPN software and connect to a VPN server in the country of your choice (in this case, US or UK).
- Open the streaming service you intend to use and connect to the Khabib vs. McGregor stream.
That’s it! You’ll also need to contend with other roadblocks that a VPN can’t solve, such as how to pay for PPV when you’re not in the proper country. Additionally, you may need to take a few additional steps if you’re viewing through a web browser. Some browsers, such as Google Chrome, store location information in various ways. You may need to use a different web browser, or log out of your browser and remove location identifiers by clearing the cache, cookies, history, and other saved data.
Let’s explore some of your options to watch Khabib vs. McGregor in the US, UK, Australia, and abroad.
US residents and those connecting to US-based fights will have some options for the Khabib vs. McGregor fight card.
1. Main event / main fight card
First, there’s the main event fight itself. The only way to access the main event is through Pay-Per-View. You can purchase streaming access for the event from multiple locations, including a traditional cable provider, or online-only streaming sources, such as:
- UFC Pay-Per-View
- Amazon Prime
- Sling TV
Sling TV, in particular, is the only cord-cutting live TV service that offers Pay-Per-View. Other options, such as fuboTV, YouTube TV, or PlayStation Vue, do not provide Pay-Per-View for UFC or any other events.
Those options will only cover the main event. The UFC 229 is a much larger event and will also include two rounds of preliminary matches.
2. Preliminary fights
You can watch the main preliminary fights if you have access to Fox Sports 1. The following streaming services not only provide Fox Sports 1 streams but also have a free trial period you can use for the event:
- Sling TV
- YouTube TV
- DirecTV Now
- Hulu with Live TV
- PlayStation Vue
Additionally, UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s primary streaming service, will have a few exclusive preliminary fights. You can watch the UFC Fight Pass exclusive if you sign up for their service.
Other regions where UFC Fight Pass is available will get the entire preliminary lineup of fights through Fight Pass. You may be able to bypass the need for Fox Sports 1 and get all of the preliminary matches by using a VPN to connect to either the UK, Germany, or Australia.
UK fight fans can also view every preliminary match from UFC directly using UFC Fight Pass.
Considering Conor McGregor is Irish, it should come as no surprise that the fight is not only going to be popular but readily available in Ireland.
BT Sport will carry the fight, although as with the UK, and according to the UFC, you’ll be able to watch on BT Sport 2.
Unfortunately, UFC Fight Pass is unavailable in Ireland for the preliminary matches, although you may be able to use a VPN to get access.
Australia fans will get to access the match through the Main Event website.
In order to view through Main Event, you will also need to have Foxtel or Optus TV as your cable TV provider.
The UFC will offer up its Pay-Per-View stream to German viewers. So long as you have working internet access, you can watch the PPV event through UFC Pay-Per-View.
However, your best option to watch in Germany is going to be DAZN. The DAZN service is cheap at just 9.99 Euro per month, but also comes with a free, one-month trial. German fighting sports fans can sign up, tune in, and cancel their accounts after the fight without paying a dime.
German fans can also use UFC Fight Pass to get both the exclusive preliminary matches and the regular prelims.
Watching Khabib vs. McGregor abroad
Everyone outside of the US, UK, and Australia will need to scrounge for viewing options. Fight Pass may be available in other regions, so we recommend heading over to UFC.TV to check. If Fight Pass is not available in your country, you may still be able to access the fights by using a VPN and signing up for Fight Pass and UFC Pay-Per-View.
Yes! You can watch Khabib vs. McGregor on Firestick
When it comes to streaming, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is currently one of the premier devices for live streaming to a TV. With the Firestick, you don’t need to invest in a smart TV. A “dumb” TV will suit.
A small handful of the options we’ve mentioned above have apps available on the Firestick, so you can watch UFC 229 on Firestick devices. In cases where there are no apps, you may still be able to watch using the Silk browser, also available on the device.
In the case of Amazon Prime, you won’t need to download anything. The app is already on your Firestick. All you need to do is search for “Khabib vs. McGregor” and order the fight from there ($64.99 for the Pay-Per-View through Amazon).
Unfortunately, Main Event doesn’t appear to have a Firestick app, but you may still be able to load up the stream on the Silk browser, which also happens to be the only way to watch YouTube on the Firestick as well.
Regardless of which option you use, you’ll likely be trying to watch the UFC on Firestick alongside a few million others, so expect to experience some mild from any source.
Khabib vs. McGregor: Fight card, event, and match details
UFC 229 is going to be a major event, and anyone looking to watch is likely going to want to set aside an entire evening to watch. The first round of UFC-exclusive preliminary fights start at 6:30 PM EST / 11:30 PM GMT+1 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Including the UFC fight pass exclusive preliminary matches, the entire fight card lineup includes the following fights:
UFC Fight Pass Early Preliminary Card
- Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin (Welterweight)
- Lina Länsberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya (Women’s Bantamweight
- Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz (Lightweight)
- Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick (Lightweight)
- Sean O’Malley vs. José Alberto Quiñónez (Bantamweight)
- Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga (Flyweight)
- Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger (Women’s Bantamweight)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Conor McGregor (Lightweight)
- Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis (Lightweight)
- Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes (Light Heavyweight)
- Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov (Heavyweight)
- Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig (Women’s Strawweight)
McGregor’s return to MMA
Conor McGregor’s return to MMA is highly anticipated with millions expected to watch the fight online. In 2017, McGregor drew Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of retirement for a heavily-watched and well-regarded boxing match. Mayweather defeated McGregor in the 10th round on a technical knockout after judges determined McGregor was unable to continue the fight. As a result of the match, Mayweather extended his undefeated record to 50-0, giving him the longest undefeated winning streak in the history of the sport.
McGregor’s short stint as a boxer notwithstanding, his prowess in the MMA cage is sure to bring a large number of viewers. He currently holds a 21-3 record in MMA, with one Lightweight championship win and two Featherweight championship wins.
Khabib vs. McGregor betting odds
Because of the anticipation around this fight, there’s a good chance that sports betting is going to be going through the roof. Betting for McGregor’s previous fight against Floyd Mayweather was in the millions of dollars. One lucky gambler even bet $1.21 million on that match and netted over $240,000 after Mayweather’s victory.
And while this fight is not nearly as high profile, there’s sure to be a lot of bets cast all over the world. Khabib vs. McGregor’s Oddschecker stats are looking pretty solidly in
McGregor’s court right now, although that may change as we get closer to the fight.
If you’re interested in betting on the fight, you may need VPN access if you’re traveling abroad. Our guide to sports betting through VPNs will help you learn how to bet privately and securely while abroad.