UFC Fight Pass review
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 ?
- Available on different devices
- Video Player
- Live Events
- 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 number of events the UFC put on these days since their deal with ESPN.
But there's more than the UFC content.
On the platform you got access to :
- UFC Live Events. You have every UFC Live Events, including Pay Per View (but you need to pay extra for them).
- Live Events from over 20 spots 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 episodes.
- Fight Movies, including a lot of old Kung Fu movies.
- Embedded vlogs episodes.
- Dana White Contender Series. Live and replay.
- Unfiltered Episodes. The official UFC podcast.
If you love to watch fights and anything related to combat sports and the UFC, that's enough to keep you busy for a lifetime.
Available on different 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, Fire Tv, Apple TV, Xbox One, Smart TVs...
Oh and I've seen a lot of people asking about PS4. Apparently it's no a thing yet.
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 when it's working.
That's the issue with the app, 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 from fans.
To keep it simple, let 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.
The 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 worst in some ways.
Now it's even harder to find the content that you want.
The streaming is often buffering and slow.
That's both on mobile and at home when connected to the Wifi.
They actually have a lot of great content on the app, but except the live events, the featured fights, and fighters, the rest is pretty hard to find.
The video player is one of the worst things 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.
The only cool thing about watching events live with UFC Fight Pass is to see some of the stats of the fight in real-time.
But even there they messed up as the oldest version did a better job and was actually way more reliable.
Again, hopefully, they get fixed with future updates.
The value of Fight Pass is definitely in its content.
You can stream every UFC Events live on UFC Fight Pass, including the Pay Per View that you still have to pay full price.
That includes every prelim card, early prelims, and of course every UFC on ESPN and UFC Fight Night main card.
Fight Pass also stream live events from over 20 Fighting organizations including Cage Warriors, Pancrase, TKO, Invicta FC, Cage Fury Fighting Championship, and many more.
You can even watch live other UFC Events like Dana White Contender Series or the Ultimate Fighter.
Great when you don't live in the US and don't have access to ESPN.
There's 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 Fights, except for the Pay Per View fights that are only added to the library 1 month after the event streamed live. (except if you purchased it of course).
Fight Pass claim to have a library of over 20,000 fights and even though that's impossible to verify, there are enough fights to keep your entertained for a lifetime.
In the last years, they've been adding a lot of old Fight movies to UFC Fight Pass.
That includes a lot of Jet Li and Kung Fu 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 ($7.99 a month).
They usually have some free trial once in a while and probably some deals for Black Friday and other special events.
I know I got a 7 days Free Trial before a PPV Events.
If they don't have a free trial when you want it, just go to the Fight Pass website before a big event.
Don't subscribe and wait to see their ads on Facebook, Instagram, and other websites.
At some point, you're gonna see an offer for a 7-day free trial. That's how I get mine.
Honestly, the price isn't bad when you consider the number and the quality of the fights you get, from the UFC and all the other organizations.
The only thing that makes you think twice about subscribing or not is really the quality of the app and the stream you get.
If they could fix that it would be a no brainer.
Pros and Cons
- Every UFC Events Live
- Live Events from different disciplines
- Every UFC Fights in history
- Huge fight library
- Buggy app
- Terrible navigation
- Slow with HD Streaming
- No discount on PPV Events
- Have to wait 1 month to get PPV events for free
UFC Fight Pass get you access to every UFC Events (Early Prelims, Prelims, UFC Fight Night, UFC on ESPN...), PPV if you pay extra for it, a fight library of over 20,000 fights, Live Events from over 20 Combat Sports organisation in the world, Action Movies and Documentaries.
Yes if you're a UFC Fan Boy or a combat sport fan. Not if you're a casual fan and already have ESPN+ or access to free live UFC events on TV in your country.
UFC Fight Pass is 9.99$ a month with no commitment or 95.99$ for a year.
You can watch Pay Per View events in UFC TV but you will have to pay the normal price for them. There's no discount for UFC Fight Pass subscribers.
UFC Fight Pass is the best way to watch all the UFC Events live from anywhere. It gives you access to Live Events as well as every fights in the history of the UFC.
Should you get UFC Fight Pass ?
Honestly, probably not.
Yes, if like me you're a UFC Fan Boy, 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 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, poorly executed.
Every UFC and MMA fans 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.
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