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How to watch UFC 253 online: Livestream Adesanya vs. Costa

Fight fans are bracing for an electric night of MMA action, with a highly anticipated championship bout — the second of its kind to ever happen in the UFC — happening this evening at the Flash Forum arena in Abu Dhabi. At UFC 253, undefeated middleweight champion and MMA all-star Israel Adesanya will be defending his title against undefeated challenger Paulo Costa in a pay-per-view event that will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+. If you want to watch UFC 253 online today, then read on to find out everything you need to know about the main event, including how you can sign up for ESPN+ to stream it live.

UFC 253 Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020UFC 253 Time: 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT (Main Card)UFC 253 Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesUFC 253 Arena: Flash Forum, Yas Island

How to watch UFC 253 online in the U.S.

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The UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa main card is a pay-per-view event, something for which ESPN currently holds exclusive broadcasting rights on its premium streaming service, ESPN+. You can sign up for ESPN+ for just $6 per month or a more economical $50 per year, but it’s not too late to grab this bundle deal which lets you score a year’s subscription to ESPN+ along with the UFC 253 PPV package for just $85 and save 30 bucks. Along with UFC fights, your ESPN+ membership gives you access to a ton of other live and on-demand sports content, all watchable right on your web browser or mobile device.

UFC 253 fight card

Main card (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

  • Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa
  • Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz
  • Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval
  • Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks
  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

Preliminary card (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

  • Brad Riddell vs. Alex da Silva
  • Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews
  • Shane Young vs. Ludovit Klein
  • William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur

Early prelims (7 p.n. ET/4 p.m. PT)

  • Juan Espino vs. Jeff Hughes
  • Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques

The main event at UFC 253 is a middleweight contest between reigning champ Israel Adesanya and challenger Paulo Costa for the title belt. This is a unique fight in that both men are undefeated — Adesanya boasts a record of 19-0, while Costa has a record of 13-0 — and UFC 253 is only the second time in history that two unbeaten fighters have faced off in a championship match. The first time this occurred was at UFC 98 more than a decade ago, where Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida faced off for the light heavyweight title.

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Nigerian fighter Israel Adesanya is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the UFC. His Brazilian opponent, Costa, is not far behind, and is currently ranked second on the UFC middleweight roster right behind Adesanya. Barring the unlikely event of a draw, one of these fighters will walk out of the Octagon at UFC 253 with the middleweight championship belt, while the other will walk out with his first professional defeat.

The co-main event at UFC 253 is another hotly anticipated matchup, this one a light heavyweight contest between Dominick Reyes (12-1) and Jan Blachowicz (26-8). The rising MMA star Reyes signed on with the UFC in 2017 and was most recently a contender for the light heavyweight title, which he challenged for at UFC 247 but was defeated via unanimous decision by champion Jon Jones — the first loss in Reyes’ promising career. Blachowicz, a seasoned Polish fighter who has been with the UFC since 2014, is getting on in his career at age 37 and may find himself fighting an uphill battle against the younger Reyes who will be hungry for both a win and another title shot.

Both of these high-stakes fights are on the UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa main card, which airs at 10 PM ET tonight. The main card is the pay-per-view portion of the event which will air exclusively on ESPN+, so you can still sign up now if you haven’t already to watch UFC 253 online this evening, or you can grab this bundle deal that lets you save $30 on a year’s worth of ESPN+ along with the UFC 253 PPV package.


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Razer Kishi Controller review: Xbox Edition

As a longtime console gamer, mobile games have never appealed to me much. I’ve always preferred the types of games released on console and playing on a larger screen. However, with the recent introduction of cloud gaming, one of those topics has resurfaced, but in a new way.While cloud gaming doesn’t have me prepared to ditch the console anytime soon, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to at least check it out. In order to make the most of the experience, you’re going to need a good controller. That’s where the Razer Kishi (~$100 USD) comes into play.There are plenty of other controllers out there to choose from, but the vast majority of them require you to mount your phone. If you’ve ever tried one of these before, you already know how awkward it can be to wield this top-heavy monstrosity.Fortunately, the Kishi mounts your phone right in the center, much like the Nintendo Switch. This layout makes it easier to view all of your buttons and feels much more natural to use while gaming in a variety of positions.DesignIf you’ve ever used a gamepad before, then you won’t be surprised by the design of the Razer Kishi. It features all the basic buttons, including a joystick on the left with a D-pad, and a joystick on the right with four main buttons. There are also two trigger buttons on both the left and the right side. Besides the main buttons, you’ll also find an Xbox button along with a share and menu button.What truly makes the Kishi standout from the crowd is its expandable design and hardwired connection. Thanks to some clever engineering, Razer has managed to make a compact controller for on the go, capable of expanding to hold even some of the widest phones around.I had no issue fitting my 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S9+ or a ZTE Axon 10 Pro which measures in at 6.5-inches. A word of warning though, the Kishi does not support the massive Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.User ExperienceI absolutely loved gaming while using the Razer Kishi, in my opinion, nothing beats this layout. It’s one that has already been a huge hit with the Nintendo Switch, and it works just as well as my Switch, with the added benefit of being more lightweight.Even though this is the Xbox edition of the Kishi, it still works with any game or service with controller support. I personally tried it out with several different games, including Asphalt 9, Dead Cells, PUBG, Call of Duty Mobile, and various emulators. It worked great on all of them, except for PUBG and Call of Duty Mobile, both of which restrict the controllers that can be used.I also spent some time testing it with Stadia and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Cloud gaming is what the Kishi was truly built for, and it excels with both of these platforms. So much so, that I can’t imagine using any other controller with these services, nothing beats this layout with the phone comfortably placed in the center. It feels so balanced and works great at every angle.The buttons all worked perfectly, and I was more than satisfied with the travel and lack of latency thanks to the hardwired connection. I did find the left and right trigger buttons to be a little springy and mushy compared to other console controllers though.However, not everything is perfect on the Kishi. For starters, I had some minor issues when trying to close it back up into its compact form. It seemed to work best when I turned it over and looked at the back side, otherwise, I had issues trying to get everything lined up properly.Next, I found on several occasions that it had completely drained the battery while staying connected to my idle phone. This happened a handful of times when I left my fully charged phone with the Kishi connected, only to find it completely dead when I returned 16-24 hours later ready to play some games.For comparison, without the Kishi connected, my phone will only have lost 12-16% of its charge in the same time period. I quickly learned not to leave the Kishi attached and to only connect it when I was ready to play.I was also disappointed that the Kishi lacked Bluetooth support. I would have loved to use the Kishi in its closed up form as a regular Bluetooth controller with my tablet or other devices. Specifically, I would have enjoyed using it with my Chromebook or laptop while using cloud gaming services. It would really make the Kishi a much better investment and more versatile if it could be used with other devices besides your phone.Finally, the USB-C port on the Kishi only works for charging. It is not possible to connect a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter or to even use a pair of USB-C headphones. That’s a pity, because having low latency for your audio is often just as important as having that same trait in your controller.Although I can understand the challenges here, USB-C audio has been a mess on phones since its introduction, but Bluetooth audio latency is still a huge issue for mobile gamers.Fortunately, there are some low latency Bluetooth headphones out there such as the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds that help address this problem.Speaking of audio, the Kishi sports a couple of vents on the right side to help channel audio from bottom-firing speakers. That way your games won’t sound muffled while being covered up with the gamepad.Final ThoughtsAs much as I love this controller and want to recommend it to everyone, $100 is a lot to ask. For $60 you can get a PS4 or Xbox controller that works with Android 10 phones, not to mention the numerous other cheaper alternatives. Unfortunately, the form factor alone cannot justify such a high price tag.That makes the Razer Kishi more of a luxury product, nice to have, but too expensive for most people. If they were to add Bluetooth and cut the price in half, then it would be a must-have for any mobile gamer. Still, if you can afford it, and don’t mind the minor drawbacks, I highly recommend it. And if you’re looking to save a little money the regular edition of the Razer Kishi can be purchased for $80, and it is literally the same controller without the Xbox branding.Razer Kishi Xbox EditionBuy from Amazon Buy from RazerRazer KishiBuy from Amazon Buy from Razer