Well, if you're a UFC fan like me, there's good and bad about living in Bangkok or being there during one of the main UFC events.
The good news is, there's plenty of sports bars that show the main events and even more bars that open for the occasion when you got a big name like McGregor fighting.
The bad news is, you're gonna have to get out of bed early on a Sunday morning.
Unless of course, you're just getting out of a dodgy after party after a long Saturday night. In that case, just keep on drinking and you'll be fine.
But where to watch the fights in Bangkok?
Here's a list of bars where to watch the UFC in Bangkok :
The Sportsman Bangkok
This is the biggest sports bar I know, perfectly located in Sukhumvit Soi 13, close to Suk 11 and Soi Cowboy so perfect for an after-party.
The place is huge with 2 floors and enough space to easily fit hundreds of people. They got all sorts of drinks, crafts beers, a great selection of spirits, food... you'll get everything you want.
Like for all other places, make a booking in advance if it's going to be the main event. There's nothing that sucks more than standing up for a few hours while you watch the fights. Especially when you just woke up.
The Old English Pub
I finally found a place close to my office in Thonglor that open early enough to watch the UFC.
It's surprisingly inexpensive for Thonglor area and they often get a special deal on their English or American breakfast set during UFC events.
The only thing is there's a really limited number of tables. Bookings recommended.
The Clubhouse Sports bar and grill
The Clubhouse is only a hundred meter from Soi Cowboy so that makes it the perfect spot if you haven't slept yet and you're just getting out of Penny Black.
Not as big as the Sportsman but they also got 2 floors and plenty of space, inside and outside.
Been there for the World Cup 2018, the place is ok but drinks are not the cheapest, and food is average.
But it's open for UFC events.
Hooters have 3 locations in Bangkok, Sukhumvit Soi Nana (Soi 4), Sukhumvit Soi 15, and now one in Silom close to Patpong.
Easy to say, if you're staying close to one Bangkok's red-light district or if you're ending your night in one of them, there's a Hooters at walking distance.
Probably the most expensive option of the list but that's what it cost to have some great company between the rounds.
Watch the UFC on TV in Thailand ?
In Thailand, Pay Per View events are live on Fox Sports Live for free. It's a channel available on some TV packages like True Vision.
Not sure they show all the UFC event but for those, you can always buy Fight Pass like me and watch all the events (except the pay per view) from your couch.
When is the next UFC event ?
Google has the answer to that and sometimes even more details about the events than the website of the UFC itself.
Plus, with the new ESPN deal, it's almost every weekend now.
Now let me know in the comments, who's your favorite fight or what was your favorite fight of all time? 🥊