The highly anticipated Holloway vs Ortega featherweight bout is finally happening this weekend – here’s how to make sure you don’t miss out in Australia! Originally scheduled for UFC 226 and postponed due to health issues from Holloway, the two will now face off on Sunday in what promises to be the one of most exciting fights in recent memory.
Holloway Vs Ortega: What time does the fight start in Australia?
The headlining featherweight title bout between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega is expected to commence at approximately 2pm AEST on Sunday 9 December. If you want to watch the whole thing, the preliminary card will kick off at 10:15am.
Where is the Holloway Vs Ortega fight being held?
The fight will be held at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.
How much does UFC 231 cost?
There are several ways to watch Holloway vs Ortega and the rest of UFC 231 in the comfort of your own home, but all the legal options cost money. Depending on the service and type of subscription you plump for, you could be looking at anywhere between $49.95 and just under $100.
If you’re a die-hard UFC fan, the most cost effective option is to grab a 6-month Fight Pass Bundle which is currently selling at half-price for $98.46.
With that said, there are a few ways to watch the fight without paying anything – some naughty, some legit – which you can find further down below.
How to watch UFC 231 / Holloway Vs Ortega on TV
You can also watch the fight directly through your PlayStation 4 console. Simply click on the ad display in the Movie & TV section or type ‘UFC231′ in the search bar. Once pre-ordered, you will be able to view the fight in HD through the PlayStation 4 Live Events app. (If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can also get an additional 10% off the event. This brings the total to a slightly more palatable $49.95.)
How to watch UFC 231 / Holloway Vs Ortega 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 Holloway Vs Ortega at the pub
You can rest assured that sports venues around the country will be showing UFC 231 on the biggest commercial TV screens that money can buy. Here are all the bars and pubs that will be showing Holloway Vs Ortega live. (Type in your postcode to find the closest venue to your location.). For maximum mayhem, choose an Irish pub!
How To watch UFC 231 / Holloway Vs Ortega 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 231 / Holloway Vs Ortega for free
The only legal way to watch Holloway Vs Ortega without paying is to head down the pub (see above.) With that said, Australia is a nation of ex-convicts… and convicts find a way.
One option is to trawl the internet on Sunday 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, but it did not pursue the matter legally. Sharpe was eventually forced to issue a public apology for breaking copyright law, but that was all he copped. Meanwhile, 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.)