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- UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN+ on April 17.
- Prelims start at 7 p.m. ET, while the main card is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
- Every UFC Fight Night is included with ESPN+, which costs $6 a month or $60 per year.
This Saturday’s UFC Fight Night will feature top ranked middleweight Robert Whittaker against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event – prelims will start at 7 p.m. ET, with the main card scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET. The entire event will be broadcast live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on ESPN and ESPN+.
Whittaker was originally scheduled to fight Brazilian fighter Paulo Costa, but Costa fell ill with COVID-19 followed by a severe flu that led to him withdrawing from the match. The winner between Whittaker and Costa would have created a clear path to challenge UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya.
Whittaker lost the title to Adesanya in October 2019 but retained his spot at the top of the weight class with victories over Darren Till and Jared Cannonier. Gastelum has lost three of his lasts four fights, including matches against Adesanya and Till, but rebounded with a win over Ian Heinisch in February at UFC 258.
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum will be held without fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. UFC has consistently implemented safety precautions for fighters and staff during the pandemic, including advanced medical screenings, regular testing, temperature checks, and social distancing guidelines. UFC President Dana White announced that UFC 261 will be held with a full crowd in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 24.
Here’s the match schedule for UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum
Prelims – 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN+
- Tony Gravely versus Anthony Birchak [Bantamweight]
- Austin Hubbard versus Dakota Bush [Lightweight]
- Bartosz Fabinski versus Gerald Meerschaert [Middleweight]
- Jessica Penne versus Lupita Godinez [Women’s Strawweight]
- Alexandr Romanov versus Juan Espino [Heavyweight]
- Tracy Cortez versus Justine Kish [Women’s Flyweight]
Main card – 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN+
- Luis Pena versus Alexander Munoz [Lightweight]
- Abdul Razak Alhassan versus Jacob Malkoun [Middleweight]
- Andrei Arlovski versus Chase Sherman [Heavyweight]
- Jeremy Stephens versus Drakkar Klose [Lightweight]
- Robert Whittaker versus Kelvin Gastelum [Middleweight]
How to watch UFC Fight Night matches
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum is separated into two parts: the prelims and the main card. The entire event will be broadcast live on ESPN and streamed o ESPN+ starting with the prelims at 7 p.m. ET.
If you’re already an ESPN cable subscriber, you can watch the entire event on TV or login to ESPN.com via your cable provider to watch. ESPN is also available through live TV streaming services, including Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV, and Youtube TV.
ESPN+ subscribers can watch every UFC Fight Night event live and also gain access to a huge catalog of classic UFC matches and recent highlights. ESPN+ costs $6 a month or $60 for a full year, and it’s available as an app on most mobile and streaming devices. You can also bundle ESPN+ with Disney Plus and Hulu for $14 a month.