UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal is coming this Saturday, April 24, 2021, with a live streaming event. The UFC is shifting away from its UFC Apex in Vegas to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida for UFC 261. You can watch the early prelims starting at 5:00 PM EST / 10:00 PM BST, while the main events begin at (or around) 9:00 PM EST / 5:00 AM BST. Below, we’ll explain how to live stream UFC 261 from the US, Canada, the UK, or anywhere else abroad.
This post will only recommend official sources. UFC 261 is a Pay-Per-View event. This limitation often leads to pirated streams from various sources. However, pirated versions are prone to DMCA take-downs mid-stream, as well as laggy and low-resolution viewing experiences. All unofficial streams are offered through copyright-infringing sources which can put your security at risk. Instead, we recommend you use the official streaming we’ve detailed out below.
The platforms showing UFC Usman vs Masvidal are all region-locked, meaning you’ll need a VPN to watch on your usual services while traveling abroad.
How to watch Usman vs Masvidal online abroad
Most of the services showing UFC 261 are region-locked and you’ll see an error message if you try to use them abroad. However, with a VPN, accessing geo-restricted content like the Usman vs Masvidal fight is easy. Follow the steps below to watch UFC 261 from abroad (outside of the US).
Here’s how to live stream Usman vs Masvidal (UFC 261) from anywhere:
- First, sign up for a suitable VPN. We’ve touched upon NordVPN but Surfshark and ExpressVPN are both high-quality alternatives.
- Download and install the VPN software, making sure to get the correct version for your device and operating system.
- Choose one of the official sources from the list below.
- Connect to a VPN server in the appropriate country. You’d use a US server to unblock ESPN+, for instance, 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 then refreshing the page.
Usman vs Masvidal will 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.
How to watch UFC 261 Usman vs Masvidal on US TV
Although ESPN (and partially the UFC) holds the broadcast rights for the Usman vs Masvidal fight in the US, it’s showing the main fight card through its standalone ESPN+ service. And only through PPV. Passes cost $69.99 USD (or more, depending on if ESPN increases the price).
Meanwhile, if you want to watch the Early Preliminary fight card, you’ll need UFC Fight Pass, while the Preliminary fight card will broadcast only through ESPN and ESPN+.
Is it complicated? Yes, it is! In total, you’d need at least two different streaming services just to watch the entire UFC 261 event in the US! Thankfully, you can watch the Preliminary matches for free in the US with a free trial to a subscription-based service, while the Early Prelims and Main Event will all come at a cost.
Here’s how to watch Usman vs Masvidal in the US:
- Early prelims: UFC Fight Pass
- Prelims: ESPN (available for just $10 through Sling TV (Orange package), Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV, and Vidgo); or on ESPN+
- Main event: ESPN+ PPV for $84.98 (includes an annual ESPN+ subscription with the cost)
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 completely risk-free.
Where else can you watch UFC 261 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 261 Usman vs Masvidal from outside of the US.
Watch UFC 261 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’ll be able to watch the main event, Usman vs Masvidal, live on BT Sport Box Office at 2:00 AM BST. UK fight fans will pay £19.95 to get access to the main event via PPV. However, for the prelims and early prelims, you’ll need to use UFC Fight Pass, which will cost £6.99 per month.
BT Sport is only available in the UK, so you’ll need a VPN if you’re currently abroad.
Watch UFC 261 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 or Kayo subscription. 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 prelims and early prelims as well as the main fights.
These services are region-locked. To use them abroad, you’ll have to connect to an Australian VPN server.
Watch UFC 261 in Canada
If you’re hoping to watch UFC 261 live online in Canada, you’ll need to use a mixture of 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 get access to TSN through a cable provider or as 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 per day.
Finally, if you want to watch the main fight card, Usman vs Masvidal, you can purchase access through UFC’s Pay-Per-View service. 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 at the moment. Additionally, If you sign up to 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 fans in Germany, Spain, and Italy will be able to enjoy the entire main event on DAZN (with the prelims and early prelims available on UFC Fight Pass). You can get DAZN in the US for $20 per month.
If you can get a VPN to work with DAZN Germany, Spain, or Italy, you’ll be able to access the entire UFC 261 fight at a huge discount, or possibly even for free, if there’s a trial available.
We cannot guarantee any VPN options currently work with DAZN’s Germany, Italy, or Spain libraries.
UFC 261: full schedule
|Early preliminary matches||Gina Mazany vs Priscila Cachoeira||Women Flyweight|
|Kevin Aguilar vs Tucker Lutz||Featherweight|
|Christos Giagos vs Sean Soriano||Christos Giagos|
|Preliminary matches||Ronaldo Souza vs Andre Muniz||Middleweight|
|Lando Vannata vs Mike Grundy||Featherweight|
|Jordan Wright vs Jamie Pickett||Middleweight|
|Andrea Lee vs Antonia Shevchenko||Women Flyweight|
|Main card||*Charles Oliveira vs Michael Chandler||Lightweight|
|Tony Ferguson vs Beneil Dariush (CO-MAIN EVENT)||Lightweight|
|Matthew Christopher Schnell vs Rogerio Bontorin||Bantamweight|
|Katlyn Chookagian vs Viviane Araujo||Women Flyweight|
|Shane Burgos vs Edson Barboza||Featherweight|