Here’s how to watch Strickland vs Du Plessis using various free and paid methods. The guide lists various apps and addons that can be installed on Firestick as well as other streaming devices.
The UFC is ready for its first pay-per-view of the year, and it is happening this weekend from Canada. In the main event, new middleweight champion Sean Strickland will defend his title for the first time since winning it in an upset against Israel Adesanya at UFC 293 in September 2023. In the defence, he will go up against tough South African Dricus Du Plessis, who is yet to lose in his six fights after switching to the UFC in 2020.
There’s plenty of bad blood between the two fighters as they were involved in a huge melee while sitting in the crowd at UFC 296 in Las Vegas last month. Strickland hurled himself over the seats and started going at Du Plessis before the two were separated. Now, everything is set for them to settle their rivalry this Saturday. The event will take place Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday, January 20.
Sean Strickland Record and Bio
- Nationality: American
- Age: 32
- Height: 6′ 1″
- Reach: 76″
- Total fights: 33
- Record: 28-5-0
Dricus Du Plessis Record and Bio
- Nationality: South African
- Age: 30
- Height: 6′ 1″
- Reach: 76″
- Total fights: 22
- Record: 20-2-0
Strickland vs. Du Plessis fight date, start time
- Date: Saturday, January 20
- Main card start time: 10 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. UK (Sunday)
- Main event cagewalks (approx): 1 a.m. ET (Sunday) / 6 a.m. UK (Sunday)
- Venue: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada
Note that these timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights.
Strickland vs. Du Plessis fight card
- Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis – For Strickland’s UFC middleweight title
- Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva – For the vacant UFC women’s bantamweight title
- Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott – Welterweight
- Chris Curtis vs. Marc-Andre Barriault – Middleweight
- Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev – Featherweight
- Brad Katona vs. Garrett Armfield – Bantamweight
- Charles Jourdain vs. Sean Woodson – Featherweight
- Serhiy Sidey vs. Ramon Taveras – Bantamweight
- Gillian Robertson vs. Polyana Viana – Women’s strawweight
- Yohan Lainesse vs. Sam Patterson – Welterweight
- Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Priscila Cachoeira – Women’s flyweight
- Malcolm Gordon vs. Jimmy Flick – Flyweight
How to watch Strickland vs Du Plessis on Firestick and Android
We’ll get into the details of each.
✔️ Method 1: Watch Strickland vs Du Plessis Using Official Apps
In the US, UFC 297 is being distributed by ESPN via the ESPN+ streaming app. However, it’s being offered as a PPV, and you will need to pay $79.99 to access it. On top of that, you will also need to have an ESPN+ subscription, which usually goes for $9.99 a month or $109 for a whole year. However, you can get a bundle of UFC 297 plus one year of ESPN+ for $134.98.
Besides the subscription and purchase, note that you will need to be within the US to stream. This is because the platform uses geo-restrictions, although you can bypass them by connecting a reliable streaming VPN such as Surfshark if you are outside the region.
In the UK, you can watch UFC 297 through TNT Sports. If you don’t have a TV subscription with TNT Sports 1, you can go for the Discovery Plus sports package and get a one-month subscription for £29.99. You can then install the app on Firestick from the Amazon store or Google Play Store for Android TV devices.
However, keep in mind that Discovery Plus is also geo-restricted, and you won’t be able to access the sports package outside the UK. If you’ve travelled, you can take advantage of Surfshark to connect to a server in the UK and stream without borders.
WorldWide (Fight Pass/ Broadcasters)
UFC also provides its own streaming service known as UFC Fight Pass, and it will be broadcasting the event outside the US. To watch live, you will need to go for the app’s Ultimate Plan, which costs $29.99 a month or $286.99 a year. A subscription will also give you access to previous events and lots of other MMA content.
If you have a local TV subscription, regardless of your location, chances are your TV provider will be broadcasting the event. UFC has partners all over the world, and you can use your provider’s streaming app to watch Strickland vs Du Plessis on Firestick without paying anything extra.
Below are some broadcasters that will air the event.
|United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
|TNT Sports 1
|Fox Sports, Fox+
|BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass
|SuperSport Action, UFC PPV on Fight Pass.
|RMC Sport 2 (France) DAZN (Germany, Italy) Discovery+ (Netherlands) Eurosport (Spain) Polsat Sport (Poland) Viaplay (Denmark, Norway, and Sweden) XYZ Sports (Switzerland)
|Main Event, Fetch TV, Kayo and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass
|Sony Sports TEN 2
✔️ Method 2: Watch Strickland vs Du Plessis via free Apks
While the above are the official streaming methods, there are still lots of others that sports fans use to access various events. However, this requires some caution.
⚠️ Free Streaming Precautions
Free streaming apps do not validate the content they provide access to. Rather, they simply scrape for links online, some of which can lead to pirated content. This is quite a huge concern as such content is illegal in most parts of the world and can easily lead to a cease-and-desist letter from your ISP or even a DMCA notice.
👉 To stay safe, we recommend that you always use a secure VPN when streaming for free online. A VPN will help protect you by encrypting your traffic so that your ISP or government can’t tell what you access online. It will also hide your IP address, making you anonymous to copyright trolls.
However, the level of privacy and security you get will also depend on your VPN.
From there, you can install a few apps that offer the networks previously mentioned.
1. Rapid Streamz
Rapid Streamz is one of the best free streaming apps out there and a top choice for streaming UFC 297. The app makes streaming sports quite straightforward by providing various categories on the main page. These include UFC, Boxing, Football, Golf, NFL, WWE, Tennis, Motorsport, and Cricket. The UFC section lists all UFC events, and you can go there to access Strickland vs Du Plessis.
Rapid Streamz also provides live TV sections that you can use to watch the PPV through your favorite broadcaster. These are grouped into categories that include African/DSTV, Sports TV, South India, USA TV, Kids TV, Germany TV, Spain TV, and France TV. Each of these has networks that will broadcast the fight, but you can start with Sports TV.
2. TVMob Pro
TVMob is another awesome app you can use to watch UFC 297 for free online. The app offers a huge list of 800+ live TV channels sourced from all over the world, and these are organized in a tiled manner on the main page. Each of them is then denoted with the language and country it’s sourced from, as TVMob provides different variations of the same channel.
To make streaming UFC 297 easier, you can go to the menu option and select Sports TV. This will filter the channel list to make it easy to find channels such as TNT Sports 1 and Sony TEN 2. One of the best things you’ll like about TVMob is its smooth interface and many features.
3. Live NetTV
Live NetTV is one of the oldest free live TV streaming apps, and it helps users access hundreds of free live TV channels. The app groups these channels into various categories to make access easy. They include Sports TV, UK TV, France TV, USA TV, Indian channels, Entertainment, News channels, Kids’ programming, and Documentary channels.
The Sports TV section provides lots of channels that you can use to watch Strickland vs Du Plessis free online. The total number of channels in the category is 130+, and you’ll find options such as TNT Sports, RMC Sport 2, and Sony TEN 2. When you select one, Live NetTV will also let you choose the streaming quality you’d like.
Method 3: Watch Strickland vs Du Plessis Using Kodi Addons
If you are a Kodi fan, you can also use the streaming platform to watch Strickland vs Du Plessis at UFC 297. In case you are not conversant with it, it’s one of the most popular free streaming options. It gives users access to any type of content available online, from classic romcoms to live sports.
However, it Kodi differs from the apps listed above as it doesn’t come with any content but relies on third-party Kodi addons. These addons work like free streaming apps as they source for content online and provide it free without ads. However, this also means that you will need to ensure you stay safe by using Surfshark every time you open Kodi.
Below are some of the best Kodi addons you can install to watch Strickland vs Du Plessis.
1. The Loop
The Loop is one of the most comprehensive sports Kodi addons. The addon’s highlight is its listing of major live events on the top of the main page, which makes it easy to access streams. Below these sections are various categories: Auto Zone, 24/7 Zone, Fight Zone, MLB Zone, NBA Zone, Replay Zone, Darts Zone, and NFL Zone.
You can head to the Fight Zone to watch Strickland vs Du Plessis for free. Here, you’ll find sub-categories and links for UFC, MMA, and Boxing events. But besides the section, you can also go to the 24/7 Zone category. This one provides some of the most popular live TV scrappers, including LNTV, RBTV, and UKTV Now.
2. Daddy Live
DaddyLive is another excellent Kodi addon you can use to watch UFC 297 free online. The addon provides access to live TV channels but limits its reach to sports channels. That said, it still provides access to more channels than regular live TV addons, boasting 1300+ of them.
Once you open the addon, you’ll find two sections: Live Sports and Live TV.The Live Sports section lists ongoing events but is less reliable than the Live TV one. This section provides 24/7 access to the most popular live TV channels from around the world, and you’ll find the likes of TNT Sports and Sony Ten Sports.
3. The EndZone
The EndZone is one of the simplest yet most effective Kodi addons. The addon specializes in sports, and it provides access to ongoing events through direct links. Its content is organized into several sections: MMA/Boxing, NFL, MLB, NCAAF, Nascar/Formula 1, NBA, Wrestling, and WNBA. All these provide the different sports, with links provided approximately 30 minutes before kickoff.
To watch UFC 297 for free using the addon addon, simply head to the MMA/Boxing section. This section lists all big MMA and boxing fights, and you’ll find UFC 297 there. The links are also quite reliable.
UFC 297 is set to kick off the year with a bang, and it features two title fights: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis and Raquel Penning vs. Mayra Bueno Silva and, If you’d like to watch the event, the above methods should help you view every piece of the action. However,