UFC Fight Pass looks like any UFC, MMA, and combat sports fan dream.
At least on paper.
I don't consider myself a hardcore MMA fan but I'm definitely a UFC fanboy.
The UFC is the only sports league I follow all year so at some point it makes sense to subscribe to Fight Pass to have access to all their events.
Does that mean it's worth $9 a month?
Should you get it?
Maybe. But probably not.
Let me explain.
- What’s Included In Fight Pass?
- Watch The UFC On All Your Devices
- Video Player
- Every UFC Event Live
- Fight Library
- Other Content
- Pros And Cons
- Should You Get UFC Fight Pass?
- UFC Fight Pass Review - Takeaways
- About Fight Pass
What’s Included In Fight Pass?
First, let's start with what's included in UFC Fight Pass.
The amount of content on Fight Pass is constantly growing, especially with the insane number of events the UFC put on these days since their deal with ESPN.
But there's more than the UFC content.
On UFC Fight Pass you ge:
- Every UFC Event Live. You have every live event, including Fight Nights and the Pay Per View cards (but you need to pay extra for them, more on that below) and every prelim.
- Live Events from over 20 sports organizations. MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Grappling...
- Fight Library, with over 20,000 fights from over 30 combat sports organizations.
- The Ultimate Fighter. Every season and episode, including TUF 30.
- Dana White Contender Series. Live and the replays of every episode and every season.
- Dana White Looking For a Fight. Where Dana White travels the US and the world with his friends to sign new fighters into the UFC.
- Embedded Vlogs, before each UFC numbered event.
- Unfiltered Episodes. The official UFC podcast.
- Fight Movies, including a lot of old Kung Fu movies. Fans of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris will be served.
If you love to watch fights and anything related to combat sports and the UFC, there’s enough content to keep you busy for a lifetime.
Watch The UFC On All Your Devices
The best part about Fight Pass is being able to stream UFC fights wherever you are.
Of course, the app is available on both Android and iOS and compatible with a bunch of other platforms like Roku, Amazon Fire Tv, Apple TV, Xbox One, Smart TVs, and Chromecasts.
Oh and I've seen a lot of people asking about watching Fight Pass on PS4 and PS5.
Apparently it's not possible.
To know about the full list of compatible devices check the official website here.
Personally, I have it installed on my iPad and stream it on my Chromecast when I'm at home, and it's working fine most of the time.
The only issue with the app is it’s often slow and crashes a lot.
Especially when you stream on the TV and in HD.
That can be quite frustrating.
Hopefully, they can fix that soon.
That's where things get complicated and why Fight Pass got so much hate and negative reviews.
To keep it simple, let's say their team could learn a lot from Netflix or Youtube and look at what's working out there instead of trying new things that aren't working.
Fight Pass interface is by war the worst thing about the app.
In December 2019, the UFC unveiled a major redesign for Fight Pass and it didn't make it better.
It even made it worse in some ways.
Now it's even harder to find the content that you want.
They’re slowly improving it, and it’s already better now than it was when they released it in 2019.
But there’s a lot more work needed to get as good as Netflix.
They have a lot of great content on Fight Pass, but except for the live events, the featured fights, and the fighters, the rest is pretty hard to find.
The video player is another terrible thing about Fight Pass.
It does the job, but it's not really optimized or user-friendly.
They tried to add some features like going 30 seconds Forward or Backward, like Youtube, but it often makes the video crash.
You also used to be able to see some of the stats of the fight in real time.
But they removed that.
Even there they messed up as the oldest version did a better job and was actually way more reliable.
Again, hopefully, that gets fixed with future updates.
Every UFC Event Live
The value of Fight Pass is definitely in its content.
You can stream every UFC Event live on UFC Fight Pass.
That includes every early prelim card, prelims, and of course every UFC on ESPN and UFC Fight Night main cards.
It also includes the Pay Per View, but you still have to pay full price for them. (more on that below)
Fight Pass also streams live events from over 20 fighting organizations including Cage Warriors, Pancrase, TKO, Invicta FC, Cage Fury Fighting Championship, K1, and many more.
You can even watch live UFC Events like Dana White Contender Series or the Ultimate Fighter.
It's awesome when, like me, you don't live in the US and don't have access to ESPN.
There are a TON of fights available on Fight Pass, not only in MMA but in all kinds of combat sports.
Muay Thai, Grappling, Pancrase, Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing... you name it.
Of course, you will find every UFC fight, except for the Pay Per View fights that are only added to the library 1 day after the event is streamed live. (except if you purchased it of course).
Fight Pass claims to have a library of over 20,000 fights and even though that's impossible to verify, there are enough fights to keep you entertained for a lifetime.
In the last few years, they've been adding a lot of old Fight movies to UFC Fight Pass.
That includes a lot of Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, and a ton of Kung Fu and fighting movies.
Not sure what's the idea there.
To me, it looks like they're trying to increase the number of content available on the app at all costs to justify the price.
Personally, it's not something I will watch but if you're into that kind of movie, that's there.
UFC Fight Pass costs $9.99/month for a monthly plan or $95,99 for a yearly subscription ($7.99 a month).
They usually have some free trial once in a while and probably some deals for Black Friday and other special events.
I know I got a 7 days free trial before a PPV Event.
If they don't have a free trial when you want it, just go to the Fight Pass website before a big event.
Don't subscribe and wait to see their ads on Facebook, Instagram, and other websites.
At some point, you're gonna see an offer for a 7-day free trial.
That's how I get mine.
Honestly, the price isn't bad when you consider the number and the quality of the fights you get, from the UFC and all the other organizations.
The only thing that makes you think twice about subscribing or not is the quality of the app and the quality of the stream you get.
If they could fix that it would be a no-brainer.
But as long as it stays like that, you better get ESPN+ if you can.
Pros And Cons
- Every UFC event live and in replay
- Live events from different disciplines
- Every UFC fight in history
- Huge fight library
- Pay Per View events are available for free 2 days after the event
- Terrible navigation
- Slow with HD Streaming
- No discount on PPV Events
UFC Fight Pass gets you access to every UFC Event (Early Prelims, Prelims, UFC Fight Night, UFC on ESPN...), and PPV if you pay extra (or for free but only after 2 days), a fight library of over 20,000 fights, Live Events from over 20 Combat Sports organizations in the world, action movies, and documentaries.
Yes if you're a UFC fanboy or a combat sports fan. Not if you're a casual fan and already have ESPN+ or access to free live UFC events on TV in your country.
UFC Fight Pass is 9.99$ a month with no commitment or 95.99$ for a year. More details.
You can watch Pay Per View events on UFC Fight Pass but you will have to pay the normal price for them. There's no discount for UFC Fight Pass subscribers.
Or you can watch the replay of the Pay Per View events for free on Fight Pass 48 hours after the event.
UFC Fight Pass is the best way to watch all the UFC events live from anywhere. It gives you access to UFC live events as well as every fight in the history of the UFC.
Yes, you can watch the Ultimate Fighter on UFC Fight Pass and from anywhere in the world.
That includes every season and the latest TUF 30: Nunes vs Pena.
Should You Get UFC Fight Pass?
Honestly, probably not.
Yes, if like me you're a UFC fanboy, you watch every single event and you live outside the US.
Or if you're a fighter, a die-hard MMA, if you bet on fights or if you're a hardcore fight fan.
In that case, the Fight Library itself makes it worth it.
No, for everyone else.
If you live in the US, get ESPN+.
For others, watch the fight online any other way, I don't see why you would pay $9 a month if you don't watch every fight.
UFC Fight Pass Review - Takeaways
UFC Fight Pass is a great idea, but poorly executed.
Every UFC and MMA fan can see the potential for the app with all the content the UFC and combat sports organizations are producing.
It's really a shame it's so hard to find what you want and stream it in HD.
It's great to be able to watch every fight, anywhere, anytime.
But the bad design and the poor navigation make it hard to find the fights you want or to discover new content.
All we can do is hope they can make it better in the future.
About Fight Pass
Fight Pass is the UFC official streaming service where you can stream live UFC Events as well as Combat Sports organizations from all around the world.
The app also includes a Fight Library of over 20,000 Fights, Action movies, Documentaries, and more.
Thanks for reading my review of UFC Fight Pass.
If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask me anything below.
And also feel free to share your experience in the comments.
And whenever you're in Bangkok for a PPV Event, here's a list of places to watch the fights.