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Knockout Guide: UFC, Bellator MMA, and PFL Fight Schedules and How To Watch

*Bruce Buffer voice* Presenting! The reigning, defending, undisputed MMA schedules of the year!

We know you’re anticipating the next UFC card like Connor McGregor anticipates a press conference for a chance to trash talk his opponent. 

Or you’re looking forward to the Bellator Champion Series and the PFL’s regular season. 

Either way, we have the info for you on when and how you can watch every MMA fight.

Chantel Buchi has seven years of experience covering sports in marketing and for Fansided, NFL Network, and the AAF. She watches numbered UFC cards often; her favorite fighter is Israel Adesanya.

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Card of the month: UFC 301

Martinez vs Aldo UFC 301 matchup
Photo creation credit: Jose Meza

José ​​Aldo, arguably the greatest featherweight of all time, will be stepping into the octagon for the first time in two years. Now competing in the bantamweight division, the King of Rio will face Jonathan “Dragon” Martinez—a force who is currently on a 6-fight-win streak. 

Martinez is slightly favored to win as he is working his way up the Bantamweight rankings. Although he is currently ranked 12th, can Aldo come in with an intensity to get his 32nd MMA win?

IT’S TIME for UFC’s upcoming fight schedule

After 31 years, UFC has hit a milestone of 300 numbered fights—300 fights that we’ve watched on Saturday nights with friends and family. And the UFC did not disappoint when putting this card together.

If you’re into all things UFC, check out this schedule with UFC Fight Nights included.

How can I watch UFC tonight?

UFC card Featured fighters Date Time (ET) Where to watch
UFC 301 Jonathan Martinez, José Aldo May 4, 2024 10:00 p.m. ESPN+
UFC Fight Night Derrick Lewis, Rodrigo Nascimiento May 11, 2024 7:00 p.m. ESPN+
UFC Fight Night Edson Barboza, Lerone Murphy May 18, 2024 TBA ESPN+
UFC 302 Islam Makhachev, Dustin Poirier June 1, 2024 TBA ESPN+
UFC Fight Night Brad Katona, Jesse Butler June 8, 2024 TBA ESPN+
UFC Fight Night Robert Whittaker, Khamzat Chimaev June 22, 2024 TBA ESPN+
UFC 303 Conor McGregor, Michael Chandler June 29, 2024 TBA ESPN+

Bellator MMA is still kicking

March 22 kicked off the first fight of the new Bellator Champion Series, which will be held worldwide. 

You might be as confused as I am that Bellator still has its own fights despite the merger with PFL, but this was all the PFL’s doing. This eight-event series is in venues and areas with growing interest in MMA.

I mean, we’re not complaining. That means more MMA fights to watch. You can watch this series on Max and truTV.

How can I watch the Bellator MMA fight tonight?

Bellator Champion Series fight Date Time Where to watch
Belfast, North Ireland Fri. March 22, 2024 Completed Max
Paris, France Fri. May 17, 2024 TBA Max
Dublin, Ireland Sat. June 22, 2024 TBA Max
San Diego, California Sat. September 7, 2024 TBA Max
London, England Sat. September 14, 2024 TBA Max
Chicago, Illinois Sat. October 12, 2024 TBA Max
Paris, France Sat. November 16, 2024 TBA Max
TBD Tues. December 31, 2024 TBA Max

PFL’s regular season is underway

Gear up for adrenaline-pumping action as the Professional Fighters League begins its 6th season, which will follow a regular season, playoff, and championship format. 

You likely already have ESPN+ for UFC fights, so you won’t need more or less to catch every PFL matchup (and you don’t have to pay a PPV fee like you do with a UFC card). 

In 2023, playoffs started in August, and the World Championship was in November, so we’ll update the schedule so you don’t miss a crucial fight.

How can I watch the PFL fight tonight?

Event Date Time (ET) Where to watch
Heavyweights and women’s flyweights April 4, 2024 Completed ESPN+, ESPN2
Light heavyweights and lightweights April 12, 2024 6:30 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Welterweights and featherweights April 19, 2024 6:30 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Heavyweights and women’s flyweights June 13, 2024 5:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Light heavyweights and lightweights June 21, 2024 5:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2
Welterweights and featherweights June 28, 2024 6:00 p.m. ESPN+, ESPN2

Why you should trust us

Our sports and TV experts have tested and used ESPN+ and Max for years, watched UFC for more, and been researching MMA news for months. With our experience of watching sports and using streaming services to do so, we crafted a guide for a true MMA fan.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

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