How to watch UFC Fight Night 151 - Iaquinta vs. Cowboy online

UFC Fight Night 151 will take place May 4 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. While the undercard fights begin at 5PM EST (2PM PST), the main event, Iaquinta vs. Cowboy, won’t begin until around 8PM EST. This event promises twelve 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 151 for free anyway, there’s no need to resort to unlicensed streams.

To watch the fight free, you will need a VPN unless you are in the US. 

How to watch UFC Fight Night 151 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 151 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 151 free on US TV

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All twelve fights will be available live exclusively on ESPN+. This means that it won’t air on traditional TV, and as such, you’ll need an ESPN+ account, regardless of whether ESPN is included in your cable package or not.

Luckily, this streaming service isn’t too expensive. ESPN+ costs $4.99 USD per month, but it also includes a one-week trial, meaning you can watch Iaquinta vs. Cowboy and all of the undercard fights completely free as long as you remember to cancel before the trial period ends.

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.

Where else can I watch Iaquinta vs. Cerrone 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 Iaquinta vs. Cowboy in your country:


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BT Sport is the only broadcaster showing UFC Fight Night 151 in the UK. The preliminary fights will begin at 1AM BST on May 5, with the main events starting around 4AM. 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 £15 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 151 on TSN. These fights will air on TSN4 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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UFC Fight Night 151 will air at 8AM AEST, May 5, on ESPN2 in Australia. There will also be a repeat at 9:30PM 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 Iaquinta vs. Cerrone live.

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 on 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 151 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 151: full schedule

Even though no titles are on the line, UFC Fight Night 151 promises to be as exciting as ever. Take a look below for the full schedule:

FightWeight ClassStart Time
Mitch Gagnon vs. Cole SmithBantamweight5PM EST
Arjan Bhullar vs. Juan AdamsHeavyweight
Kyle Nelson vs. Matt SaylesFeatherweight
Nordine Taleb vs. Kyle PrepolecWelterweight
Aiemann Zahabi vs. Vince MoralesBantamweight
Macy Chiasson vs. Sarah MorasWomen’s Bantamweight
Walt Harris vs. Sergey SpivakHeavyweight8PM EST
Andrew Sanchez vs. Marc-André BarriaultMiddleweight
Brad Katona vs. Merab DvalishviliBantamweight
Cub Swanson vs. Shane BurgosFeatherweight
Derek Brunson vs. Elias TheodorouMiddleweight
Al Iaquinta vs. Donald CerroneLightweight

Can Cerrone beat Iaquinta?

This fight was always going to be difficult to call. Iaquinta and Cerrone are both ranked in the top ten for their division, and they’re both known for their ability to deal (and take) huge amounts of damage. Cerrone looks to be in with a chance, though: he’s not only more experienced, with 47 professional fights to Iaquinta’s 19, he’s also been training hard lately. Since 2013, Cerrone has had 19 pro bouts, whereas Iaquinta has had just nine, due to a renewed focus on his real estate business.

Cerrone is the more versatile fighter, too. A full 36% of his wins have come via submission, whereas Iaquinta prefers to focus almost exclusively on striking. This means that should both fighters go the distance, the judges are likely to look favorably on Cerrone. He just has to make sure he keeps his opponent at arms length until the time is right to crank up the pressure, since one wrong move could spell the end. Whoever wins, it’s sure to be a fight fans won’t soon forget.