UFC 287 live stream: How to watch Pereira vs Adesanya 2

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Miami today for the first time in 20 years. There, at the Miami-Dade Arena, Alex “Poatan” Pereira will defend his newly won title against former champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya. This title rematch marks the fourth encounter between these two fighters, and since it’s a pay-per-view event, you’ll need to subscribe to ESPN+ to watch UFC 287 at home. That’s right: There’s no such thing as a free UFC 287 live stream — at least not a legal one.

Watch UFC 287 live stream on ESPN Plus


UFC 287 is the MMA promotion’s big pay-per-view event in April. The league typically hosts one of these PPV shows each month (with a few exceptions, like last month when fans got two pay-per-views), and in the US, ESPN+ is the only place to host UFC PPV events can be viewed. The American sports broadcaster launched premium streaming app Tits in 2018 and has since become the number one choice for all MMA fans looking to stream UFC fights online.

It is a paid service, however, and currently costs $10 per month, or $100 per year after a recent price increase. UFC pay-per-views also recently received another price increase and will now set you back $80. Purchased separately, a one-year ESPN+ membership and the UFC 287 PPV would total $180. However, prior to these pay-per-view events, new subscribers can purchase an annual ESPN+ membership along with a UFC PPV ticket for $125, saving you a whopping $55 with this one-time bundle deal.

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The two Main Event contenders still have unfinished business at UFC 287. Although dubbed Pereira vs. Adesanya 2, this is actually the fourth meeting between these two fighters – it’s only their second duel within the UFC. Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya both came into MMA from kickboxing and fought in the Glory of Heroes promotion. There, Pereira faced Adesanya twice, easily defeating him both times. Both later moved to the UFC, where Adesanya became the middleweight champion and successfully defended his title five times before the two met again at UFC 281 last November. There Pereira triumphed for the third time over Adesanya and took the middleweight title. Of all the opponents The Last Stylebender has faced in the ring, Pereira has proven to be his toughest challenge and Adesanya has some serious work ahead of him if he is to avenge his earlier defeats and reclaim his championship belt tonight.

The co-main event will see former welterweight title contenders Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal, both of whom unsuccessfully challenged Kamaru Usman for the belt, face off in the Octagon. The odds are heavily in Burns’ favor as Masvidal, 38, appears to have hit a wall in recent years. The veteran fighter has lost all three of his last fights, most recently at UFC 272 last March where he was beaten by Colby Covington. Weeks later, the two got into an altercation at a Miami restaurant, culminating in Masvidal being battery charged. Tonight will tell if Masvidal, a fan favorite and holder of the iconic UFC “BMF” championship belt, can reverse his recent misfortune and get his fighting career back on track.

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Watch UFC 287 live stream from abroad with a VPN

While streaming services have made it easy to watch live sports online, they don’t completely circumvent regional broadcasting restrictions. That means that if you’re traveling or living outside the US, you probably won’t be able to access ESPN+ and watch the UFC 287 live stream like you normally would – but there’s a solution. A virtual private network, or VPN, can route your online traffic through a remote server (in this case, one in the US) so you can easily bypass geographical streaming restrictions.

One of the best VPN services and our favorite for streaming is NordVPN. Once signed up, all you have to do is install the app on the device you use to watch UFC 287 online, connect to one of NordVPN’s US servers, log into your ESPN+ account, and start streaming. This not only makes it look like you’re watching the UFC 287 live stream in the USA, but also keeps all your online activities completely private with end-to-end encryption. Even better, it’s on sale right now, so you can get a subscription for as little as $3.30 per month if you prepay for the two-year plan.

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