The UFC's final PPV of 2014 takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it features a loaded lineup of talent capped off with two championship bouts for fans to savour. Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks once again takes on Robbie Lawler, who he beat back in March to capture the belt that was abdicated by Georges St-Pierre. In the co-main event at the Mandalay Bay, lightweight champion Anthony Pettis makes his first title defense against Gilbert Melendez, whose last shot at UFC gold ended in a close decision loss to Ben Henderson. Both men have been out of the cage for more than a year. The main card is rounded out by Travis Browne battling Brendan Schaub, Todd Duffee clashing with Anthony Hamilton, and Tony Ferguson opening the show versus Abel Trujillo.
There's a lot of action to be had throughout tonight, and Bloody Elbow is here to provide you with details on how and when to watch the whole card. Here's the rundown on the scheduling of UFC 181 from start to finish:
- The preliminary card begins at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT live on UFC Fight Pass. If you're not yet a UFC.tv member, you can obtain a 7 day free trial for Fight Pass and cancel at anytime within the trial at no cost. Otherwise, Fight Pass subscriptions cost $9.99 per month in the US (with 6 month and 12 month contract subscriptions also available), but prices may vary in other parts of the world.
- At 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, after the Fight Pass stream is complete, Fox Sports 1 carries the remaining preliminary card bouts in the US, Sportsnet 360 in Canada, and BT Sport 1 in the United Kingdom. While some countries can view the whole prelims on Fight Pass, the following countries are blacked out from viewing the 8 PM ET portion online: Australia, USA, UK, Brazil, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Guyana, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela, Barbados, Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica and Suriname.
- At 10 PM ET/7 PM PT, the main card commences exclusively on pay-per-view. Viewers in North America can purchase the PPV through their local cable and satellite providers, or online via YouTube. Residents in the United Kingdom can watch the entire main card on BT Sport 1 through their digital subscription. Most nations can buy UFC 181 online via UFC.TV.
Bloody Elbow will have extensive coverage of UFC 181 through our previews, live play-by-play, Twitter updates, post-fight analysis and live video streaming of the post-event press conference.