Verizon Stock – How to watch UFC Fight Night: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Jeremy Stephens vs. Drakkar Klose on ESPN
Robert Whittaker faces Kelvin Gastelum in a middleweight headlining bout at UFC on ESPN 22 at the UFC Apex Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, April 17 (4/17/2021).
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum will be broadcast on ESPN, and can be streamed live fuboTV, Sling, ESPN Plus and other live TV streaming services.
In the main event, Whittaker (23-5-0), a.k.a. “The Reaper,” takes on Gastelum (17-6-0), who took the fight on short notice after Paulo Costa was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Whittaker has won his past two fights since losing his middleweight title to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243, and a win on Saturday will get him closer to a shot at revenge.
Gastelum is 1-3 in his past four fights, but is coming off a win over Ian Heinisch at UFC 258, and looking to turn it into a streak and add Whittaker to his list of defeated former UFC champions.
Whittaker, the No. 1 ranked middleweight contender, could have sat out on the fight and waited for a title shot after Costa withdrew, but told MMA Fighting he didn’t want to wait on the whims of the champ.
“I want to fight, I want to get better, I want to earn (money and) do my job,” he said. “I want to get in there and work. And yeah, I’ve got a lot of things on. I don’t want to waste time waiting around. I hate that.”
The main fight card starts at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Plus with the preliminary bouts at 7:00 p.m. ET. Full fight card below.
The co-main event is a lightweight bout between Jeremy Stephens (28-18-0) and Drakkar Klose (11-2-1). A confident Klose told BJPenn he’s already looking ahead to dropping down to featherweight after he finishes Stephens.
Here’s a look at the main card for Saturday, which will air on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Plus:
- Middleweight: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Lightweight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Drakkar Klose
- Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski vs. Chase Sherman
- Middleweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Jacob Malkoun
- Lightweight: Luis Peña vs. Alexander Munoz
- Bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos vs. Bill Algeo
And this is the full lineup for the prelims, which will also air on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Plus:
- Women’s Flyweight: Tracy Cortez vs. Justine Kish
- Heavyweight: Alexander Romanov vs. Juan Espino
- Women’s Strawweight: Jessica Penne vs. Lupita Godinez
- Middleweight: Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bartosz Fabiński
- Women’s Bantamweight: Zarah Fairn Dos Santos vs. Josiane Nunes
- Bantamweight: Tony Gravely vs. Anthony Birchak
What is ESPN Plus?
ESPN Plus is a streaming service available from ESPN for $5.99 a month (you can cancel any time, so if you wanted to sign up Friday and then cancel on Sunday, you’d only be charged for one month). ESPN Plus gives you access to select live games from pro and college sports.
Cable and satellite packages like Spectrum, Verizon and DirecTV don’t give you access to ESPN Plus, so if you want to watch the fight card, you’re going to have to pay $5.99 or find a bar that has the bout on. (Conversely, ESPN Plus does not give you access to ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU).
What does ESPN Plus include?
ESPN Plus is an over-the-top streaming service for the sports fan who loves to watch a lot of live sports like college football and basketball, international basketball, international and Major League Soccer and MLB. It also has its own original programming TV series. Your subscription also gets you access to the exclusive articles and content on ESPN Insider on the ESPN website.
A full schedule of UFC coverage on ESPN Plus is available here.
How much does ESPN Plus cost?
$5.99 a month, or $59.99 a year. The subscription doesn’t include access to certain pay-per-view events, such as UFC 261: Usman vs. Masvidal 2. Those events cost extra, but are still exclusive to the ESPN+ service.
If you’re looking to save on a lot of streaming content, the Disney Plus Bundle includes subscriptions to Hulu ($5.99), ESPN Plus ($5.99) and Disney Plus ($7.99) for just $13.99/month. You pretty much get one of the services for free when you subscribe to all three.