If you watch the UFC 278 live stream online this weekend, you’ll see a card with a main event that dates back to 2015. That was the last time Kamaru Usman (20-1) fought Leon Edwards, and while Usman – the current UFC Welterweight Champion – won that match decisively via unanimous decision, both have had strong runs since.
UFC 278 time and date
Date and Time: UFC 278 is Saturday (August 20)
UFC 278 Main Card: 10pm ET / 7pm PT / 3am BST.
Early prelims begin at 6:00 p.m. ET and main prelims begin at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Usman vs Edwards Main Event Time: Ring walks are appreciated for 12pm ET / 9pm PT / 5am BST – but they could always pick up earlier.
The event will be streamed live from Salt Lake City, Utah at Vivint Arena.
View in the US — ESPN Plus (opens in new tab)
View in UK — BT sports fund (opens in new tab)
Usman, the men’s No. 1 pound-for-pound contender since August 8, 2022, has not lost a fight since May 24, 2013 when Jose Caceres submitted him via rear naked choke at 3 minutes and 37 seconds first round (this is how Edwards earned two of his 19 career wins. However, Edwards is undefeated since that loss to Usman, most recently to Nate Diaz last June.
Both fighters have had 10 submission-based wins in their careers, but Usman has nine knockouts to Edward’s six. A successful title defense here would be Usman’s sixth straight.
However, Usman is the clear favourite. At the time of publication, DraftKings (opens in new tab) has Usman as favorite at -380 (bet $380 to win $100). Edwards is a similarly weighted underdog at +310 (bet $100 to win $310).
Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 278 live streams, including recent changes to the main card and preliminary rounds.
UFC 278 Live Streams: Get the PPV and a full year of ESPN Plus
you will need ESPN Plus (opens in new tab) to watch UFC 278 live streams – and all upcoming numbered UFC PPVS – so let’s talk about the best deal to make this happen. And this is the final UFC PPV ahead of ESPN Plus’ upcoming price hike.
You can get UFC 278 plus a year of ESPN Plus for $99.98 which is a savings of $45 (ESPN Plus is $69.99 per year and UFC 278 is $74.99). Beginning August 23, ESPN Plus will increase to $9.99 per month and $99.99 per year, making annual pricing ripe for picking.
The main prelims are taking place on both ABC and ESPN, so those who haven’t subscribed to the latter can get a taste of it for themselves before shelling out the money.
ESPN is available in most cable packages, as are two of the best streaming services: namely Sling TV (Orange) and FuboTV. ABC is not on Sling but on Fubo.
UFC 278 Early Prelim Fights begin at 6:00 p.m. ET on UFC FightPass (opens in new tab), that’s $9.99 per month. Then the higher tier prelims, which begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Plus.
How to watch UFC 278 in the UK and Australia
UFC 278 is another late-night affair for fight-night fans in the UK – you’ll likely see Usman vs Edwards 2 kick off at around 5am BST (on Sunday morning) if you tune in live. It’s live on BT Sport Box Office (opens in new tab), where it costs £19.95. The preliminary rounds take place in the UFC Fight Pass.
Just a word of caution, the UFC 278 live stream is not available through a web browser, but rather through apps on Now TV devices, PlayStations, Xbox, Apple TV and some Smart TVs.
In Australia, UFC 278 is live on Sunday at 12pm AEST kayo (opens in new tab)where it costs AU$54.95.
How to watch UFC 278 live streams in Canada
Our neighbors in the great white north will watch the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass while prelims air on TSN and RDS. UFC 278’s main card is available from a variety of vendors including BELL and Rogers.
UFC 278 fight card
Early Prelims (6pm ET) on UFC Fight Pass
- AJ Fletcher vs. Ange Loosa [welterweight]
- Amir Albazi versus Francisco Figueiredo [flyweight]
- Aoriqileng vs Jay Perrin [bantamweight]
- Daniel Da Silva vs Victor Altamirano [blyweight]
Prelims (8 p.m. ET) on ABC and ESPN
- Marcin Tybura vs Alexandr Romanov [heavyweight]
- Leonardo Santos vs Jared Gordon [lightweight]
- Sean Woodson vs. Luis Saldana [featherweight]
- Miranda Maverick vs. Shanna Young [women’s flyweight]
Main Card (10pm ET on ESPN Plus)
- Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Leon Edwards for the UFC Welterweight Championship
- Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold [middleweight]
- Jose Aldo versus Merab Dvalishvili [bantamweight]
- Wu Yanan vs Lucie Pudilova [women’s bantamweight]
- Tyson Pedro vs Harry Hunsucker [light heavyweight]
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