UFC 268’s main event Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2 goes down Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. If you want to watch the fight online, it comes with a $70 pay-per-view fee and you’ll need an ESPN + subscription.
Want to save yourself some money and watch the exact same stream for free? We’ve found a Dutch website that does just that. Follow the steps below.
- Sign up and register for a VPN. We recommend NordVPN for streaming live sports.
- Download the VPN to the device you’d like to watch the fight on.
- Log in with the credentials you created at registration.
- Now connect the VPN to a server in the Netherlands.
- Make sure you’re still connected to the server and navigate to Kijk.nl’s free live stream of UFC 268.
The last time welterweights Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington met in 2019, it was a UFC Welterweight Championship brawl for the ages. The two stood toe-to-toe for five rounds, letting loose a barrage of brutal hands until the final minutes of the fight.
Usman was able to hold onto his Welterweight Title by sending Covington to the mat for a ground-and-pound after a series of stiff rights. The ref called a TKO with just 51 seconds left to go.
Usman vs. Covington 2 – the second Welterweight Championship fight – will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, November 6. The prelims start at 8 pm (ET), with the main card starting at 10 pm (ET). Usman and Covington are expected to make their walks to the octagon around midnight.
MMA fans in the United States need an ESPN + subscription and will have to pay a $70 pay-per-view fee to watch the bout. But the stream is not available everywhere. If you are traveling outside of your home country, you can still watch the fight for free.
All you’ll need is an online tool called a VPN.
How to Watch Usman vs. Covington 2 for Free with a VPN
Since the UFC’s exclusive five-year deal with ESPN, Americans can only access UFC’s main events via pay-per-view on its streaming service, ESPN+.
But other countries have cut all kinds of different deals with the UFC. In Poland, for example, you can watch any UFC main event with a subscription to Polsat Sport. The channel comes with most television packages.
In the Netherlands, though, the streaming service Kijk.nl offers every pay-per-view fight free for Dutch citizens. So, if you are traveling abroad, all you need is a Dutch IP address to watch the fight for free! That’s because the website recognizes (from that IP address) that your device isn’t within the Netherlands.
If you want to trick websites into thinking you’re in a different country, that’s where a VPN comes in. It can be a little confusing for beginners, so here’s a simple step-by-step guide you can follow. This will work for any UFC main event.
Live stream Usman vs. Covington 2 for free via the Netherlands
- Get a good VPN. For live streaming sports, we’ve always liked NordVPN.
- Navigate to NordVPN’s website, sign up and register for an account. You can take advantage of their free 30-day trial to watch the fight completely free.
- Download the VPN to the device you like watching UFC on. NordVPN will work on laptops, tablets, smartphones and SmartTVs.
- Enter the login credentials you created when you signed up.
- Now you’ll see some servers you can choose to connect to. Pick a server from the Netherlands.
- Make sure you stay connected to the Netherlands server. Then navigate to Kijk.nl’s free live stream of UFC 268.
- That’s all there is to it! Who do you have winning? Usman or Covington?
Can I Use a Free VPN to Live Stream UFC?
The free Dutch stream of Usman vs. Covington comes with no strings attached. But this isn’t always the case with free VPN providers. While legitimate free VPNs have their time and place, they are better suited for other online activities. They’re not recommended for live sports streaming. Here’s why:
- Data and traffic limits: This is likely the number one problem you’ll run into. While premium VPN providers like NordVPN offer you unlimited amounts of usage, free services don’t. You’re typically allotted daily, weekly or monthly limits for data and traffic. When they eventually run out, you’ll be prompted to buy a subscription plan or at least buy extra data. Live UFC streaming eats up a lot of data, so you likely won’t make it through the first few fights on the main card before you run out.
- Low speeds, constant buffering: With so many free users competing for bandwidth on VPN servers, slower internet speeds is a natural by-product. How do you get a step ahead of the pack? You can always buy an upgrade and pay for more bandwidth. Or settle for a poor, grainy and sputtering version of UFC 268.
- Limited number of servers: To watch the UFC free while you are outside of your home country, you need to hook up to a server in the Netherlands. While the country is a popular destination for VPN servers, there’s no guarantee your free VPN will even have one there. Which defeats the purpose altogether.
UFC 268 – What to Expect
This highly-anticipated Welterweight Championship rematch between Usman and Covington will be Usman’s fifth title defense since becoming champ. Usman comes in as the fight to bet on, with Caesar’s Sportsbook marking him as the -290 favorite. This means you’d have to bet $290 to win $100. Though Covington is widely considered to be Usman’s greatest potential upsetter, he’s still rated the +245 underdog.
Though Usman and Covington’s second Welterweight Championship bout is the talk of the MMA world, many are just as excited about the Women’s Strawweight Championship. In the other rematch, Rose Namjunas defends the title she took back from Weili Zhang earlier this year at UFC 261 with a knockout head kick. Namajunas comes in as the -115 favorite, with Zhang as the +105 underdog.
UFC 268 Main Card
Here’s Saturday’s main card:
|Kamaru Usman (C) vs. Colby Covington (1)||Welterweight Championship|
|Rose Namajunas (C) vs. Weili Zhang (1)||Women’s Strawweight Championship|
|Frankie Edgar (8) vs. Marlon Vera (13)||Bantamweight|
|Shane Burgos (14) vs. Billy Quarantillo (not ranked)||Heavyweight|
|Justin Gaethje (2) vs. Michael Chandler (5)||Lightweight|