Today is October 29th and beginning at approximately 5:58 p.m. ET, UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz kicks off from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a welterweight non-title fight between former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn and former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. That bout is scheduled for three, five-minute rounds.
MMA Nation has compiled a full list of ways you can watch this event no matter your viewing preference. But let's breakdown our options based on each portion of the card.
For today's portion of the preliminary card, viewing is separated into two sections. The first four bouts of the night will air for free on the UFC's Facebook page. As we stated previously, the card begins at 5:58 p.m. ET. All you has to do is "Like" the UFC's Facebook page and you can watch that portion of the preliminary card for free.
The second half of the preliminary card will air for free on Spike TV. There are two bouts on that portion of the card.
UStream - the free video streaming service - allows users who purchase their pay-per-view via the UStream platform at a cost of $44.99 to watch the pay-per-view portion of the fight card. I can't speak to the quality of the stream itself.
Yahoo! also provides a decent online alternative as well. Go to the dedicated UFC 137 page at Yahoo.com and purchase the pay-per-view.
For those who are iPhone or iPad users, you can purchase the event to watch by using the UFC app from the iTunes app store. The app itself is a mere $.99 while the pay-per-view is still $44.99. I have no idea if watching a UFC event on a phone is the best of all options, but the option does exist.
Whether your cable provider is DirecTV, Comcast, Cox or any other major cable company, you should have the ability to order tonight's fights. If you're not, please list the name of the company in the comments. A comprehensive list of cable providers who carry these events can be found here.
The cost for these events is usually pretty constant, but I've heard recent complaints of fee hikes by cable providers. For standard definition, you'll typically pay $44.99 while high definition costs $54.99. Others who are non-DirecTV customers tell me the cost of the UFC HD pay-per-view has gone up to $60.
If you happen to own a Roku set-top box, you can view the pay-per-view portion of the card for UFC events live.
Beginning at 8 p.m. ET, Spike TV will air at least two scheduled fights from the preliminary card. Depending on timing, they could show more from the previously aired fights on Facebook.
At A Bar
The UFC provides a exhaustive, searchable database of bars that carry their events. It's sorted by geography. Go to bars.ufc.com. From there you can enter your zip code to find those bars carrying tonight's fights closest to you. The results will even pull up the bar's number so you can call to ensure they're carrying the event as well as inquire about specials or a cover charge.
Here's the fight card laid out by distribution platform, time and segment:
Main Card (Airing on Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. ET):