It’s time to watch the UFC 285 live stream online, and hopefully this main event settles the annoying heavyweight division title vacancy.
Date and Time: UFC 285 is today (Saturday, March 4)
UFC 285 main card: The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT / 3 a.m. GMT / 2 p.m. AEDT
Early prelims begin four and a half hours earlier, at 5:30 p.m. ET, main prelims are two hours before the main card, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
UFC 285 main event time: Ring-walks are estimated for 12 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT / 5 a.m. GMT / 4 p.m. AEDT — but they could always go on earlier.
Watch in the US — ESPN Plus (opens in new tab)
Watch in the UK — BT Sport Box Office (opens in new tab)
We come to this match via the worst case scenario for fight fans: Francis Ngannou and UFC failed to reach a new contract, so the champ was released and his title was placed into vacancy.
To find a new champ, the UFC has set up former two-time light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against the No. 1-ranked Heavyweight division contender, Ciryl Gane. Jones is making his big return to the octagon with this match, and while he wasn't on fire before, he's got good chances this weekend.
In the co-main event, the women’s Flyweight title is on the line, as UFC's current longest-reigning title holder Valentina Shevchenko defends against Alexa Grasso.
And for the odds: former lightweight champ Jones is a slight favorite at -170 (wager $170 to win $100) over the former interim champ Gane (+145 — wager $100 to win $145) according to DraftKings (opens in new tab). Shevchenko is the overwhelming favorite, at -850 to Grasso's +600.
Here's everything you need to know about UFC 285 live streams:
UFC 285 live streams: Get the PPV and a whole year of ESPN Plus
You're going to need ESPN Plus (opens in new tab) to watch UFC 285 live streams — and all the upcoming numbered UFC PPVs — so let's talk about the best deal to make this happen.
You can get UFC 285 plus a year of ESPN Plus for $124.98, which is savings of $55 (ESPN Plus costs $99.99 per year and UFC 285 costs $79.99). This is one way to avoid that $5 price hike for UFC PPVs, which used to cost $74.99, at least for this fight.
The main prelim fights are on ESPN and ESPN Plus, so those who haven't subscribed to the former yet can get a taste of it all for themselves, before forking out the cash.
ESPN is available on most cable packages, as well as two of the best streaming services: namely Sling TV Orange and FuboTV.
UFC 285 Early Prelim fights start at 5:30 p.m. ET on UFC FightPass (opens in new tab), which is $9.99 per month. Then, the higher-up set of prelim fights that start at 8 p.m. ET, on ESPN2 and ESPN Plus.
You're gonna need ESPN Plus for UFC 285 (opens in new tab). While UFC 285 live streams cost $79.99 (on top of ESPN Plus), new subscribers and those on current monthly plans can save $55 by getting UFC 285 and the annual ESPN Plus subscription for $124.98. That subscription will renew at $99.99 for your second year.
Sling TV (opens in new tab): ESPN is available with the Sling TV Orange package. This also gets you the ESPN2, MotorTrend, TNT and many more channels.
Fubo.TV (opens in new tab) is another great choice for cord-cutters. With the Pro Plan ($75 per month), you get over 120 channels, including local broadcast networks NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox as well as top cable brands like AMC, E!, HGTV, FX, ESPN, SyFy and Paramount Network.
How to watch UFC 285 in the UK and Australia
UFC 285 is (as usual) at a bad time in the U.K., and a good time of day down under.
In the U.K., you'll likely start Jones vs Gane at approximately 5 a.m. GMT. It's live on BT Sport Box Office (opens in new tab), where it costs £19.95. Prelims are on UFC Fight Pass.
Just a heads up, though, the UFC 285 live stream is not available via a web browser, but through apps on Now TV devices, PlayStations, Xbox, Apple TV and some Smart TVs.
In Australia, UFC 285 is live on Sunday at 5 a.m. AEDT on Kayo (opens in new tab), where it costs AU$54.95.
How to watch UFC 285 live streams in Canada
Our neighbors in the great white north will watch the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, while the prelims are on TSN and RDS. UFC 285's main card is available on various providers, including BELL and Rogers.
UFC 285 fight card
Early prelims (5:30 p.m. ET) on UFC FightPass
- Ian Garry vs. Song Kenan — Welterweight
- Cameron Saaiman vs. Leomana Martinez — Bantamweight
- Jessica Penne vs. Tabatha Ricci — Women's Strawweight
- Da’Mon Blackshear vs. Farid Basharat — Bantamweight
- Esteban Ribovics vs. Loik Radzhabov — Lightweight
Prelims (8 p.m. ET) on ESPN Plus and ESPN
- Cody Garbrandt vs. Trevin Jones — Bantamweight
- Derek Brunson vs. Dricus du Plessis — Middleweight
- Viviane Araújo vs. Amanda Ribas — Women's Flyweight
- Julian Marquez vs. Marc-André Barriault — Middleweight
Main Card (10 p.m. ET) on ESPN Plus
- Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane — Heavyweight
- Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Alexa Grasso — Women's Flyweight
- Geoff Neal vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov — Welterweight
- Jalin Turner vs. Mateusz Gamrot — Lightweight
- Bo Nickal vs. Jamie Pickett — Middleweight