UFC 232 is on its way with a unique double-header: Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson head for a Light Heavyweight Title rematch, while champions Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes battle for the Women’s Featherweight Title. This fight will be broadcast internationally through various channels. Thanks to numerous sources showing the fight, you can watch Jones vs. Gustafsson live online (even if abroad). You may also be able to watch the entire event for free.
Based on the restrictions in place for this fight, you may need to use a VPN to live stream Jones vs. Gustafsson and the rest of UFC 232 the fight card. We’ll explore how to best watch UFC 232 with a VPN, where needed, as well as which VPNs offer the best service for those looking for online live streams of the event.
UFC 232 is set for December 29 at 10 PM EST / 3 AM GMT, with the early preliminary matches starting at 6:15 PM EST / 11:15 PM GMT. If you’re in Las Vegas, you’re in luck, as you may be able to get tickets to see it live at the T-Mobile Arena.
Jones vs. Gustafsson and the fight undercards will be available for streaming in major international markets, including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. Unlike UFC 231, there are far more streaming options available, including through UFC Fight Pass. As with previous events, DAZN will be offering the main card fights to German fight fans, while those outside of Germany may be able to try a VPN to get free access from outside of Germany
How to watch Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 (UFC 232) with ExpressVPN
UFC events are often high profile these days and Jones vs. Gustafsson is shaping up to be a major event. As a result, you may find your streaming options limited by geographic content blocking, especially from some potential streaming options like UFC Fight Pass and DAZN.
Additionally, since the fight will be broadcast in HD, you may find ISPs throttling the connections and the streaming quality due to the large number of viewers tuning in to watch live online.
A VPN can help get past both of these issues. Not only do VPNs hide your true location while connecting you to countries where streams are unblocked, but they also anonymize the type of data you’re using. That way, neither the streaming service you’re using nor your ISP can block or throttle your connection.
However, that’s only if you’re using a VPN that works. Of the dozens of VPNs we’ve tested, ExpressVPN is one of the few that effectively bypasses geographic content restrictions and helps users avoid ISP throttling and snooping. The service is easy to install on most devices and maintains high standards for user privacy and safety.
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To get your VPN working with UFC 232, do the following:
- Create your VPN account online. ExpressVPN is our recommended option, but other options such as NordVPN and Cyberghost may work as well.
- Install the VPN software on your device(s) of choice and connect to the country where you want to gain streaming access (such as the UK, US, or Germany).
- Open your streaming service and connect to the UFC 232 fight. We recommend testing access to streams from abroad before the fight begins.
That’s all there is to it! You may encounter other roadblocks to streaming that a VPN cannot account for. For example, you may not have any available payment options for a streaming service outside of your location. Additionally, you may find a service uses other means to detect your location, such as GPS on mobile devices.
In those cases, your best option may be to use a web browser instead to avoid location-based detection methods common with many mobile streaming apps. If using a web browser, we also recommend that you take a few additional steps, including clearing the cache, cookies, history, and other saved data as these may have location information stored.
Let’s explore some of your options to watch UFC 232 Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 live online.
United States coverage
US residents have several options UFC 232, at least as far as getting access to the early prelims and prelims. The UFC is streaming the early prelims, prelims, and the main event in three different locations:
- Early prelims: UFC Fight Pass
- Prelims: Fox Sports 1
- Main card: UFC Pay-Per-View
UFC Fight Pass – Early Prelims
You will need to sign up to UFC Fight Pass any time before the event begins to get access to all of the early preliminaries. You can, of course, still sign up after the fight begins to catch the remainder of the event. This service has a 7-day free trial, which you can cancel after the fight ends.
If you choose to keep it, Fight Pass costs $8.99 per month, and you can use it to watch past UFC events on-demand (which will likely include UFC 232 at some point after the event is over).
Fox Sports 1 (FS1) – Prelims
Fox maintains broadcasting rights with UFC up until the end of 2018. Starting in 2019, ESPN will take over the broadcasts that Fox Sports was carrying. Until then, you can use any streaming service that provides the Fox Sports 1 channel as parts of its lineup.
You can get Fox Sports 1 from the following over-the-top streaming services:
- fuboTV (Base package, $44.99/month)
- Sling TV (Sling Blue, $25/month)
- YouTube TV ($40/month)
- DirecTV Now (Live A Little package, $40/month)
- Hulu with Live TV ($39.99/month)
- PlayStation Vue (Access package, $44.99/month)
You can also get Fox Sports using traditional cable, although the cost of entry is much higher, and you’ll be locked into a long-term contract in most cases.
Pay-Per-View – UFC 232 Main event
As is often the case with UFC events, the main fight card event (Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 and 4 other fights) will broadcast live online, but you’ll need to use a Pay-Per-View option to get it. The cost across the board is $64.99 for access, but you can get a HD stream of the fight with a 50 percent discount on 6 months of UFC Fight Pass if you use UFC.tv.
Here are your options to get PPV access to UFC 232:
US residents who want to watch the entire event, from prelims to main cards, may want to use the free trials from UFC Fight Pass and one of the services carrying Fox Sports, and then only pay for the main event PPV. Using Sling TV is an easy way to streamline this process since Sling TV is the only cable-free, live TV service that provides PPV broadcasts.
US VPN Bypass for UFC 232 Prelims and Jones vs. Gustafsson fight
The UFC will be offering both the early prelims and prelims on UFC Fight Pass in other countries, including Germany. To save some hassle signing up to multiple services, you may want to sign up to UFC Fight Pass via free trial, and then connect to a different country to watch the early events.
We’ve tested and found UFC Fight Pass offers content based on where you’re located, so you should be able to get the early prelims and prelims using a VPN.
Meanwhile, you can sign up for DAZN in the US with a 30-day trial. From there, you might be able to use a VPN to connect to a German server and bypass DAZN’s geographic content blocking. From there, you can watch the main event.
Note that DAZN’s VPN blocking is among the strictest we’ve tested. And while we’ve been able to unblock some DAZN locations via VPN (including Canada and Sweden), our results with DAZN Germany have been mixed. It’s worth trying testing since the payoff is good, but if it doesn’t work, you’ll need to use UFC.tv or one of the other options listed above for the main event PPV.
United Kingdom coverage
BT Sport is the current rights holder for UFC broadcasts in the UK and recently fought to retain those rights through 2019.
You’ll be able to watch UFC 232 Jones vs. Gustafsson live on BT Sport 2. Unfortunately, you can’t get BT Sport as a standalone streaming option unless you have BT internet service. Otherwise, you’ll need to sign up to BT Sport via Sky TV, BT TV, Talk Talk or other service providers. You can, however, usually add the channel to your current cable subscription, or through your BT internet service, with a free trial period.
For the prelims and early prelims, you’ll need to use UFC Fight Pass.
Australian fight fans can purchase streaming access to the main fight card through Main Event, while the early prelims and prelims will be available through UFC Fight Pass. Access to the fight will cost $54.95 AUD through Main Event and requires a Foxtel cable subscription.
You can also purchase access to the fight through UFC’s Pay-Per-View…but for $71.49 AUD. If you have Foxtel and can get the fight through Main Event, we’d recommend that option instead. Or, if you have a VPN and payment information for another country where the fight is cheaper through the UFC, you’ll also save money that way.
German fight fans have it the best, yet again! German fans can watch the main card fights, including Jones vs. Gustafsson, live on DAZN. And if you sign up for a free trial, you can do so without paying any money at all.
If you’re in Germany, you’ll only be able to get access to the early prelims and prelims through UFC Fight Pass, however. UFC Fight Pass has a free trial as well.
If you’re looking to watch UFC 232 live online in Canada, you’ll need to use a mixture of services.
To get the early preliminary matches, you’ll need to sign up to UFC Fight Pass. This service comes with a free, 7-day trial similar to other locations. The preliminary matches, however, are only available through either TSN or RDS. You can get access to TSN/RDS through a cable provider or as a standalone service known as TSN/RDS Direct.
Unfortunately, TSN/RDS Direct does not come with a free trial, and you cannot get a refund after signing up to the service. TSN/RDS Direct is $24.99 CAD per month.
Finally, if you want to get the main card of the event, you’ll need to purchase access through UFC.tv’s Pay-Per-View service. You’ll need to shell out $64.99 CAD, or $91.96 CAD if you want the fight in HD alongside a 50 percent discount on 6 months of UFC Fight Pass service.
All that said, a VPN is going to be a handy thing for Canadian fight fans. If you sign up to UFC Fight Pass with the 7-day trial, you can connect to a VPN server in Germany to get both the prelims and early prelims without having to use TSN/RDS Direct.
And if you sign up for the 30-day trial of DAZN, you might also be able to bypass the need to over the main event through UFC at the currently outrageous price offered. A VPN might work to get past DAZN’s geographic content blocking, which will let you stream the fight for free as well.
VPN functionality with DAZN is spotty, however, so that’s not a sure thing. You may end up having to pay up to UFC anyway for the main event.
How to watch UFC 232 Jones vs. Gustafsson abroad
Options to live stream UFC 232 may not be available everywhere. If you’re traveling or living abroad in a location where the event is unavailable, you will need to connect to VPN to gain access. However, you will also need a payment method for those locations.
UFC Fight Pass will work in most countries as long as you have a VPN connection to countries where the fight is available. However, getting Pay-Per-View access may prove difficult, even with a VPN.
You can watch UFC 232 Jones vs. Gustafsson on Amazon Firestick
Many viewers will be connecting via mobile apps. The popular Amazon Firestick will be a top choice, and you can utilize available apps for the Firestick. Both UFC Fight Pass and DAZN have apps that can be used, and ExpressVPN has an app for Amazon Fire TV devices should you need to bypass geographic restrictions or need to avoid ISP video throttling.
Additionally, BT Sport has an app for Amazon Fire TV devices in the UK.
UFC 232: Fight card, event, and match details
UFC 232 Jones vs. Gustafsson is going to draw in a large number of viewers, especially due to the high profile of both fighters at the top of the ticket. But as with all UFC events, there’s a lot going on. In fact, there are 13 fights occurring across all three fight cards.
All of the UFC 232 events will be taking place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The early preliminary card starts 6:30 PM EST / 11 PM GMT, while the main event begins at 10 PM EST / 3 AM GMT. You’ll need to have your snacks ready, as this is going to be one long fight night.
Here’s a breakdown of each UFC 232 fight card:
UFC Fight Pass Early Preliminary Card
- Brian Kelleher vs. Montel Jackson (Unclassified)
- Curtis Millender vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (Welterweight)
- Uriah Hall vs. Bevon Lewis (Middleweight)
- Nathaniel Wood vs. Andre Ewell (Lightweight)
- BJ Penn vs. Ryan Hall (Lightweight)
- Douglas Silva De Andrade vs. Petr Yan (Bantamweight)
- Cat Zingano vs. Megan Anderson (Women’s Featherweight)
- Andre Arlovski vs. Walt Harris (Heavyweight)
- Chad Mendes vs. Alexander Volkanovski (Featherweight)
- Ilir Latifi vs. Corey Anderson (Light Heavyweight)
- Carlos Condit vs. Michael Chiesa (Welterweight)
- Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes (Women’s Featherweight Title)
- Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson (Light Heavyweight Title)
Most fights are made by verbal agreement and may be subject to change up until the start time of the event.
How to bet on UFC 232 Jones vs. Gustafsson
The anticipation for this fight doesn’t just reside in the action. Sports betting on UFC events are more popular than ever, and many UFC fans have been eagerly waiting for the chance to throw their lots in with either of these two fights.
If you’re hoping to bet on the main event, a Gustafsson victory is drawing the most attention. At present, different betting site averages have the #2 ranked Lightweight Heavyweight fighter at the advantage against #3 ranked Jon Jones.
The site Oddsshark, for example, has an overwhelming 66/34 split in favor of the Swedish fighter. Meanwhile, sports betting aggregator Oddschecker also shows most bets currently sitting in Gustafsson’s favor, with around 60 percent of bets currently cast in hopes of a Gustafsson victory.
Looking at the breakdown of the two fighters may not prove beneficial for this particular event. Although both fighters won their last bouts, Gustafsson has a much higher KO/TKO percentage (61% to Jones’ 42%). And although Jones has a slight advantage in wins through submission and decision, Gustafsson is skilled at winning his fights quickly. Gustafsson’s fights average less than 11 minutes in length, while Jones’ fights tend to carry on for more than 14 minutes (likely due to his method of trying to wear down his opponents and win by submission or decision).
Nevertheless, Jones does have a higher win percentage than the more heavily favored Gustafsson, tends to land more strikes and at a faster rate, has a better defense percentage, and absorbs fewer hits on average.
If you’re hoping to take a chance on one fighter or the other, you can do so quite easily by using various online betting sites. But if you’re traveling abroad to a country where your favorite betting site is unavailable, you may need to use a VPN to connect to place bets.
- 1 How to watch Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 (UFC 232) with ExpressVPN
- 2 United States coverage
- 3 United Kingdom coverage
- 4 Australian coverage
- 5 German coverage
- 6 Canadian coverage
- 7 How to watch UFC 232 Jones vs. Gustafsson abroad
- 8 You can watch UFC 232 Jones vs. Gustafsson on Amazon Firestick
- 9 UFC 232: Fight card, event, and match details
- 10 How to bet on UFC 232 Jones vs. Gustafsson