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It’s a big afternoon for UFC fans as UFC Fight Night arrives on Long Island, with Brian Ortega taking on Yair Rodríguez in a highly anticipated featherweight bout. The best news: You can catch the UFC Long Island action for free without needing a pay-per-view subscription.
Here’s what you need to know to watch Ortega vs. Rodriguez online and on TV.
When is Ortega vs. Rodriguez UFC fight?
The Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodríguez UFC fight airs today, Saturday, July 16, live from UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.
The prelims begin at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT with the main card featuring Ortega vs. Rodriguez scheduled for 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT.
If you want to watch Ortega vs. Rodriguez live in person, tickets to the MMA fight are still available at sites like VividSeats.com with tickets as low as $89 as of this writing. Buy tickets online and receive them instantly by email or phone.
How to watch Ortega vs. Rodriguez on TV
While most UFC fights are available to stream online or pay-per-view, the Ortega vs. Rodriguez fight will be available to watch on TV for free if you have basic cable. Today’s fight has been dubbed ‘UFC on ABC 3’ (or UFC on ABC: Ortega vs. Rodríguez) and as the name suggests, anyone with access to ABC can watch the fight on TV.
Keep in mind that ABC will only show the main card, with coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT. If you want to watch the entire card or don’t have cable, keep reading to see how to find an Ortega vs. Rodriguez live stream online.
How to watch Ortega vs. Rodriguez online
The only way to watch the Ortega vs. Rodriguez UFC fight online is through ESPN+. The streaming service is the exclusive home to UFC Fight Night and UFC on ABC 3.
A basic ESPN+ subscription costs just $6.99 per month and gives you free access to all UFC Fight Night events — no PPV fees required. In addition to letting you stream Ortega vs. Rodriguez online, you’ll also be able to stream UFC Fight Night 208 live next weekend with Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall live from London.
Get an ESPN+ monthly subscription for just $6.99 to watch Ortega vs. Rodriguez live today, or choose an annual ESPN+ for $69.99 per year and access to watch all UFC Fight Nights online for the rest of the year (this also saves you 15% versus monthly payment).
Want even more content? Sign up for ESPN+ through the Disney Bundle, which gets you a Hulu membership, a Disney+ membership and ESPN+ subscription for just $13.99 per month (that saves you around $8 per month compared to getting each streaming service separately).
Once you sign up to ESPN+, you’ll have instant access to watch UFC Long Island and the Ortega vs. Rodriguez fight online and stream it live on your laptop, TV, tablet or phone.
UFC on ABC 3: fight card, preview, odds
Today’s UFC on ABC 3 event pits two of the best Mexican fighters in the world against each other for the first time.
Ortega (15-2) is the overwhelming favorite to win, and coming off a loss to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 266 last September, it was a tightly contested title match. He remains one of the top contenders for the featherweight belt and a win over Rodriguez today will preserve his place in title contention.
Rodríguez meanwhile, rose to prominence as the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America and slowly rose through the ranks. He just lost to Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 197 last November.
The rest of the UFC on ABC 3 main card features Michelle Waterson vs. Amanda Lemos in a women’s strawweight bout; a welterweight bout between Li Jingliang vs. Muslim Salikhov; a flyweight bout with Matt Schnell against Su Mudaerji; a featherweight match with Shane Burgos against Charles Jourdain; and a women’s flyweight bout that promises to see a tough fight between Lauren Murphy and Miesha Tate.
Watch all the action from UFC Fight Night this afternoon, streamed live on ESPN+. Get ESPN+ for just $6.99 to stream everything live, from the early prelims to the main card online.