Tomorrow morning, two of the biggest stars in mixed martial arts will face off in UFC 225. In one corner: current UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker. In the other: former freestyle wrestling world champion and Olympian Yoel Romero. Here’s how to watch live and online in Australia.
UFC 225 will be the second time Whittaker and Romero have faced each other in the Octagon for the Middleweight Championship belt. Other event highlights include an interim UFC Welterweight Championship bout between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington, Rashad Coulter vs Chris de la Rocha and Clay Guida against Charles Oliveira.
What time does UFC 225 start in Australia?
UFC 225 is taking place on Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago. In Australia, this translates to 8:30am (AEST) on Sunday, June 10, in Australia.
The main card is scheduled to start at approximately 12pm AEST (11:30am in the Northern Territory, 11:30am in South Australia and 10am in WA.)
How to watch UFC 225 on TV
Alternatively, you can tune in through your PlayStation 4 video game console – which is offering 10 per cent off the purchase price. If you can’t see it being advertised on your PS4 home screen, simply head to the PlayStation Store and search for the event. (Click here for further details.)
How to watch UFC 225 online
If you don’t have access to a smart TV, the aforementioned Pay-Per-View options can be accessed on a computer or tablet. You can also purchase the fight on UFC TV.
How to watch UFC 225 at the pub
Plenty of sports venues around the country will be showing UFC 225 on the biggest commercial TV screens that money can buy. Here are all the bars and pubs that will be showing UFC 225 live. (Type in your postcode to find the closest venue to your location.).
How To Watch UFC 225 if you’re stuck at work
The Foxtel Now, Main Event and UFC TV pay-per-views can all be accessed on laptops, tablets or smartphones. Bring some headphones and pretend to look busy!
How to watch UFC 225 for free
The only legal way to watch UFC 225 without paying is to head down the pub (see above) – although once you factor in the overpriced drinks, “free” is a bit of a stretch. With that said, there are other, more dubious ways to watch the match without paying.
One option is to trawl the internet tomorrow morning for a cheeky broadcast on Facebook Live. This is precisely what happened during the Anthony Mundine Vs Danny Green pay-per-view boxing match last year. Darren Sharpe, a mechanic from Brisbane, ended up getting 112,000 viewers piggybacking off his Facebook Live stream of the fight.
Needless to say, Foxtel was not amused and Sharpe was forced to issue a public apology for breaking copyright law. None of the people who watched the stream were punished in any way.
Just be aware that this is a pretty risky way to watch the fight – if a Facebook Live stream does appear, it will be of the handheld, bootleg variety and the broadcast could be shut down at any second. Also, it’s clearly an extremely dodgy thing to partake in. (For those interested, you can read up on the legalities of Facebook Live event streaming here.)