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How to watch UFC 288: Bantamweight champ Aljamain Sterling faces Henry Cejudo in the main event

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Henry Cejudo.Henry Cejudo retired as a UFC champion in 2020, and returns to challenge for the belt at UFC 288.

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UFC 288 will stream live from Newark, New Jersey, on May 6, with bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling set to defend his title against Henry Cejudo. The main card of UFC 288 will be a pay-per-view event, and you can order it to watch on ESPN+ for $80.

UFC 288 live stream quick links

  • US: ESPN+ ($80 plus $10/month membership)
  • UK: BT Sport (£30/month)
  • Canada: UFC Fight Pass ($65)
  • Start time: Main event begins at 10 p.m. ET.

Sterling has successfully defended the bantamweight belt twice so far, with his last win coming via second round knockout against T.J. Dillashaw. Sterling has won eight straight fights dating back to 2018, while his challenger Cejudo is returning from his retirement in 2020. Cejudo was once the bantamweight and flyweight champion, defending both titles at the same time. His record includes six straight wins before his retirement and a 32-second knockout of Dillashaw.

Also on the main card, Gilbert Burns will fight Belal Muhammad, less than a month after Burns defeated Jorge Masvidal by decision at UFC 287. Muhammad’s last fight came in October 2022, when he knocked out Sean Brady. Muhammad has won his last four fights and hasn’t lost since 2019, though he withdrew from a fight with current UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards due to an eye poke.

How to watch UFC 288 in the US

You can watch the main event of UFC 288 on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET on May 6. The main card requires an ESPN+ subscription ($10/month) and an extra pay-per-view fee of $80.

Before the main event, the early prelims will air at 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass, and the prelims will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET  on ESPN and ESPN+.

The ESPN+ app is available on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung smart TVs, and more.

Ways to save on the UFC 288 pay-per-view price

If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 288, you can snag a discounted package.

New members can buy an annual ESPN+ plan with access to UFC 288 included for a total of $124.98. That’s more than 30% off the regular combined price of a year-long membership and a UFC PPV event. 

After your first year of service, ESPN+ will renew for the regular annual fee of $100.

How to watch UFC 288 in the UK

UFC 288 is available to watch in the UK with BT Sport, which costs £30 per month as a standalone service, though you may be able to add it to an existing TV plan for less. The fight will stream via BTSport.com and the BT Sport app, which is available on Apple and Android devices, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, and Samsung smart TVs.

How to watch UFC 288 in Canada

In Canada, UFC 288 will be available to watch from multiple pay-per-view TV providers, including Bell, Rogers, Shaw, and Telus. You can also buy the pay-per-view directly via UFC Fight Pass. The pay-per-view typically costs $65.

Here’s the fight card for UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo

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Early Prelims — 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass

  • Joseph Holmes versus Claudio Ribeiro (Middleweight)
  • Phil Hawes versus Ikram Aliskerov (Middleweight)
  • Braxton Smith versus Parker Porter (Heavyweight)

Prelims — 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+

  • Marina Rodriguez versus Virna Jandiroba (Women’s strawweight)
  • Khaos Williams versus Rolando Bedoya (Welterweight)
  • Kennedy Nzechukwu versus Devin Clark (Light heavyweight)
  • Drew Dober versus Matt Frevola (Lightweight)

Main Card — 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+

  • Kron Gracie versus Charles Jourdain (Featherweight)
  • Movsar Evloev versus Diego Lopes (Featherweight)
  • Jessica Andrade versus Yan Xiaonan (Women’s strawweight)
  • Belal Muhammad versus Gilbert Burns (Welterweight)
  • Aljamain Sterling versus Henry Cejudo (Bantamweight title fight)
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