UFC actions returns to “Fight Island” this weekend as the UFC 253 pay-per-view event will take place at Yas Island in Abu Dabi on Saturday, headlined by the middleweight fight between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa.
The reigning middleweight champion, Adesanya (19-0, 14 KOs) will put the title and his undefeated record on the line as he faces an undefeated challenger in Costa (13-0, 11 KOs).This battle between unbeatens has been a long time coming. With 25 knockouts between the two fighters, there’s a good chance fans will get to see some big hits.
Adesanya may be the current champion, but Costa isn’t your typical underdog; 12 of his 13 victories have come via stoppage with nine of those ending in the first round. He’s a true slugger, averaging 8.43 significant strikes per minute, which ranks the highest among all active UFC fighters. Adesanya, on the other hand, is more of a sniper, averaging just 3.96 strikes per minute while still amassing an impressive 14 knockouts. The result will come down to which fighter is able to impose their will: Costa’s brute force or Adesanya’s patience.
Here’s everything you need to know about watching the UFC 253 pay-per-view, including the price and how to live stream Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa.
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UFC 253 price: How much does Adesanya vs. Costa cost?
- PPV price (for subscribers): $64.99
- PPV price: $84.98 (includes bundled ESPN+ yearly subscription)
The UFC 253 main card is available only via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which requires a subscription. The PPV price for current subscribers in the U.S. is $64.99; new subscribers have the option to bundle the UFC PPV with an annual ESPN+ subscription for $84.98 — a savings of over 25 percent.
Pricing worldwide varies by region and platform.
How to watch UFC 253 on PPV
- TV channel: ESPN2 (prelims)
- Live stream: UFC Fight Pass, ESPN+
U.S. viewers can watch the UFC 252 early prelims — starting at 7 p.m. ET — via UFC Fight Pass as well ESPN2 and ESPN+. The prelims will move solely to ESPN2 and ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. The main card pay-per-view will stream exclusively on ESPN+ starting at 10 p.m..
What time does UFC 253 start?
- UFC 253 (early prelims): 7 p.m. ET
- UFC 253 (prelims): 8 p.m. ET
- UFC 253 (main card): 10 p.m. ET
UFC 253 will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 26 with early prelims and continue with prelim bouts at 8 p.m. ET. The main card is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET, and Adesanya and Costa will touch gloves as the fifth and final fight of the main card.
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UFC 253 fight card
|Undercard||Juan Espino vs. Jeff Hughes|
|Undercard||Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques|
|Undercard||Brad Riddell vs. Alex da Silva Coelho|
|Undercard||Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews|
|Undercard||Shane Young vs. Ludovit Klein|
|Undercard||William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur|
|Undercard||Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov|
|Undercard||Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks|
|Undercard||Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval|
|Co-Main||Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Błachowicz|
|Main Event||Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa|
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