Tonight there’s a great UFC card even though Anderson Silva had to pull out of his scheduled bout with Uriah Hall. What we’re left with is still a stacked event, with many great fights including Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino vs. Leslie Smith, Corey Anderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia, Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos, Rob Font vs. John Lineker, and Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Lots of big names on this UFC 198 card.
The fights begin later today, Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM ET with three preliminary fights on UFC Fight Pass. Next, we have four televised prelims bouts on Fox Sports 1 at 8 PM ET, and the main card kicks off at its usual time of 10 PM ET on Pay-Per-View.
If you’re a cable cutter, the UFC makes it easy to live stream events. Tonight, you can catch the Fight Pass prelims on the UFC Fight Pass app if you’re a subscriber. You can even order the Pay-Per-View through the app as well. The one roadblock you may encounter is when you try to live stream the televised portion of the UFC 198 card.
Due to its various television deals around the globe, the UFC must black out its televised fights from UFC Fight Pass while they’re airing live on TV in a country where there is a television deal in place. For example, you can’t live stream the Fox Sports 1 prelims if you live in America, because the fights are airing live on Fox Sports 1.
Or is there a way around this region restriction?
A DNS service like Unlocator will make it look like you live in a country where the UFC has no television deals. This means that everything can be live streamed through your UFC Fight Pass account, from the Fight Pass prelims, the Pay-Per-View, and the televised prelims as well.
Unlocator is available with a seven-day free trial, and there are monthly, six-month, and yearly subscription plans available. The service can be effortlessly configured in just a few minutes, and works on any of the electronics you may own, including streaming devices, computers, phones, tablets, and even your router.
There’s been no word of a live UFC 198 fight companion podcast with Joe Rogan, Brendan Schaub, Bryan Callen, or Eddie Bravo. Joe is not in Brazil working this fight, so he should be around to do a podcast if his schedule is clear. I will update this post when I know for certain whether there will be a UFC 198 fight companion podcast.