Today is September 24th and beginning at approximately 5:58 p.m. ET, UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage kicks off from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between current champion Jon Jones and challenger Rampage Jackson. That bout is scheduled for five, five-minute rounds.
MMA Nation has compiled a 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, it's broken down into two sections. The first three bouts of the night will air for free on the UFC's Facebook page. As aforementioned, the card begins at 5:58 p.m. ET. All one has to do is "Like" the UFC's Facebook page and you can watch the preliminary card for free.
The second half of the preliminary card will air for free on Spike TV.
UStream allows users who purchase their pay-per-view via the UStream platform $44.99 to watch the entire fight card. I can't speak to the quality of the stream itself, but that's a decent alternative.
Yahoo! provides a decent online alternative as well. Go to the dedicated UFC 135 page at Yahoo.com and purchase the pay-per-view. Unlike UStream, however, this stream will only show what's aired on the pay-per-view portion of the card.
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 $.99 while the pay-per-view is still $44.99. It's not clear whether watching this event on a phone is the best of all options, but it 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 pretty constant. 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, but that isn't the case for me.
If you own a Roku set-top box, you can also view UFC events live (although only the pay-per-view portion, not the preliminary card).
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):