This weekend, Kelvin Gastelum will take on Aussie champ Robert Whittaker for the UFC Middleweight Championship belt. Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva will also be duking it out! Here's how to watch the fight live, online and free in Australia.
UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum is about to begin! The spectacle kicks off at 10:30am AEDT, with the main card's first bell scheduled for approximately 2:30pm. If you aren't near a suitably-equipped venue with a TV, have no fear — you can live stream the match from your phone or laptop with just a few clicks. Here are the links.
UFC 234: What time does Whittaker Vs Gastelum start?
The headlining lightweight title bout between Whittaker and Gastelum is expected to commence at approximately 3.30pm AEDT on Sunday 7 October. If you want to watch the whole thing, it all kicks off at 10.30am.
Where is the UFC 234 fight being held?
The fight will be held at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
How much does UFC 234 cost?
There are several ways to watch UFC 234 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 $55 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 234 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 ‘UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum' in the search bar. Once pre-ordered, you will be able to view the fight in HD through the PlayStation 4 Live Events app.
How to watch UFC 234 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 234 at the pub
You can rest assured that sports venues around the country will be showing UFC 229 on the biggest commercial TV screens that money can buy. Here are all the bars and pubs that will be showing UFC 234 live. (Type in your postcode to find the closest venue to your location.).
How To watch UFC 234 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 234 for free
The only legal way to watch UFC 234 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 October 7 for a cheeky broadcast on Facebook Live. This is precisely what happened during the Anthony Mundine Vs Danny Green pay-per-view boxing match in 2017. 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.)