UFC 271 live stream: how to watch Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 online

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Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker before their fight at UFC 243
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UFC 271 is here and we wait with bated breath ahead of the massive Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker that's set to top the bill in Texas. If you're still trying to work out your best viewing options, we have all the information you need right here - so read on to discover how to watch a UFC 271 live stream and watch Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 (and the rest of the card) online with ESPN+ having exclusive coverage in the US .

Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 live stream and time

Date: Saturday, February 12

Main card time: 10pm EST / 7pm PST / 3am GMT / 2pm AEDT (Sun)

Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

Live stream: ESPN Plus PPV (US) / BT Sport (UK) / DAZN (DE/IT/ES) / Kayo PPV (Aus)

The two fighters first went toe-to-toe in Melbourne, Australia at UFC 243 back in October 2019. That fight saw New Zealander Adesanya dethrone his Australian opponent in spectacular fashion, with the fight stopped by the ref in the second round.

The two Antipodean rivals now find themselves facing-off for a second time, with Adesanya's middleweight championship belt on the line.

The Adesanya vs Whittaker sequel fight tops a packed bill that also includes a tasty looking heavyweight duel between Houston hometown hero Derrick Lewis and Aussie brawler Tai Tuivasa. 

Follow our guide below as we explain how to get a UFC 271 live stream online - plus key details like the Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 time, and the cheapest way to get a UFC live stream today.

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Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 preview and predictions

While The Last Stylebender has cemented his reputation as one of the sport's most deadly punchers, the Nigerian-born star has nevertheless struggled with the grappling skills of Jan Blachowicz and middleweight Marvin Vettori in his recent appearances in the Octagon.

The odds are stacked against him, but Whittaker is a much more effective wrestler than both of Adesanya's previous opponents, and if he can take the fight to the floor a surprise could be on the cards.

Israel Adesanya

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Who is Israel Adesanya?

Nigerian-born, New Zealand resident Israel Adesanya made a lightning ascent through the UFC ranks, going from newcomer to middleweight champ in under two-years. 

Nicknamed 'The Last Stylebender, the huge anime fan claimed the middleweight title in October 2019 by knocking out his opponent tonight, and has since made three successful defenses.

An ill-fated attempt to claim the light middleweight title in March at UFC 259 ended in defeat to Poland's Jan Blachowicz, casting doubt on his aims to step up to heavyweight in the near future and his long-term plan to become an unprecedented three-division champion.

Despite that defeat, the 32-year-old has a mightily impressive 21-1 career record and 10-1 in the Octagon, with all of those UFC victories having come since February 2018.

Who is Robert Whittaker?

After a slow and steady rise through the UFC ranks, Auckland-born Whittaker became interim middleweight champion after beating Yoel Romero at UFC 213 in July 2017. That victory would eventually lead to Whittaker becoming promoted to undisputed champion after Georges St-Pierre relinquished his title later that same year.

His first defence of his title ended in disaster against Israel Adesanya at UFC 243, with The Reaper unable to contend with Adesanya's punching power.

Whittaker's supporters will point to the Australian fighter having been hampered by his recovery from abdominal surgery in the run up to that key fight.

The 31-year-old has certainly earned his right for tonight's rematch, recovering well from the loss of his crown with an impressive trio of wins over solid opposition in the form of Darren Till, Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum.

Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 odds: who is the favorite to win?

The Last Stylebender is the out-and-out favourite with the bookies, with Adesanya strongly backed at 4/11 to retain his crown, with Whittaker 2/1 to pull off a shock.

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Adesanya vs Whittaker 2: recent results

Adesanya's last fight saw him go the distance with Italian star Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 in Arizona in their rematch fight, with the unanimous decision marking the Kiwi's third successful defence of his 185-pound title.

Whittaker's last visit to the Octagon saw him dominate Kelvin Gastelum for the second time to win via unanimous decision in their sequel fight back in April last year.

UFC 271 full card and highlights

Beyond the much anticipated headline act, the full line up for UFC 271 is also boasts plenty of top-drawer MMA action.

The co-headline act sees a much-anticipated heavyweight clash between big hitters Derrick Lewis and Tai Tuivasa. Also not to be missed is Heavyweight turned Middleweight Jared Cannonier's showdown with Derek Brunson who is on a five-fight winning streak.

Full UFC 271 card for Saturday, February 12

MAIN CARD

Israel Adesanya(c)  vs Robert Whittaker - Middleweight

Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa - Heavyweight

Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson - Middleweight

Kyler Phillips vs Marcelo Rojo - Bantamweight

Bobby Green vs Nasrat Haqparast - Lightweight

PRELIMS

Andrei Arlovski vs Jared Vanderaa - Heavyweight

Roxanne Modafferi vs Casey O'Neill - Women's flyweight

Alex Perez vs Matt Schnell - Flyweight

William Knight vs Maxim Grishin - Light heavyweight

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