Today is November 19th and beginning at approximately 5:45 p.m. ET, UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson begins from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight non-title fight between former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson. That bout is scheduled for five, five-minute rounds.
MMA Nation has compiled a full list of ways you can watch this event no matter your viewing preference. So, let's breakdown our options based on each portion of the card.
For today's preliminary card, viewing is separated into two sections. The first five bouts will air for free on the UFC's Facebook page. As we stated previously, the card begins at 5:45 p.m. ET. All you have to do is "Like" the UFC's Facebook page and you can watch that portion of the preliminary card for free.
The last two fights of the preliminary card will air for free on Spike TV.
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 139 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.
UFC has also launched an Android app courtesy of Neulion, but again, the fight costs the same as it would if you purchased it on your television..
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 price for UFC pay-per-view events is generally constant, but I've been told recently 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 say the price of UFC HD pay-per-views have risen to $60.
If you own a Roku set-top box, you can view the pay-per-view portion of the card for UFC events live. I've yet to try this service, but would be curious to hear feedback from those who have tried it.
Beginning at 8 p.m. ET, Spike TV will air at least two scheduled fights from the preliminary card. Time permitting, Spike generally airs another fight from the undercard that was originally broadcast on Facebook.
At A Bar
The UFC provides a comprehensive, searchable database of bars carrying their pay-per-view events. It's organized by geography. Simply 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 (Pay-per-view, 9 p.m. ET):
Light Heavyweight: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson
Middleweight: Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le
Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles
Welterweight: Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story
Light Heavyweight: Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Preliminary card (Facebook, 5:45 p.m. ET):
Bantamweight: Miguel Torres vs. Nick Pace
Lightweight: Gleison Tibau vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Bantamweight: Michael McDonald vs. Alex Soto
Welterweight: Matt Brown vs. Seth Baczynski
Lightweight: Shamar Bailey vs. Danny Castillo