UFC Pay-Per-View price to increase in 2023

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Each year it gets more expensive to be a UFC fan, and 2023 will be no exception.

According to journalist Adam Stern, on Twitter, ESPN will be increasing the price of each UFC event in 2023 from $74.99 to $79.99. He said:

“UFC PPVs on ESPNPlus will increase in price from $74.99 this year to $79.99 next year, starting with #UFC283 in January, per Disney. Disney says the move reflects “the value of ESPN+ and the popularity and quality of UFC events,” and that it doesn’t impact ESPN+ sub price.

Increasing UFC Pay-Per-View Price

The cost of each UFC Pay-Per-View event is on top of the mandatory ESPN+ monthly subscription price. Luckily, the subscription cost of ESPN+ is not increasing. The ESPN+ subscription is not related to UFC Fight Pass which is a separate subscription.

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On Twitter, MMA reporter Scott Fontana has priced out the UFC Pay-Per-View since 2004:

February 2005: $29.95. April 2005: $34.95. 2006: $39.9.5 February 2008: $44.95. 2009: $54.99*. 2015: $59.99. 2018: $64.99. 2021: $69.99. 2022: $74.99. *UFC 168 in December 2013 was an exception of the time at $59.99.”

In early 2022, the UFC increased its Pay-Per-View prices and MMA star ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley complained on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Earlier this year, he said:

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“Dana White raises pay-per-view by five dollars. What the hell are we doing here, Dana? … It is just so easy to stream it illegally. Not talking from experience, but just saying it.” [Transcript courtesy of MMA Mania]

UFC President Dana White has previously commented that the organization does not have any say in UFC Pay-Per-View prices. He explained last year that they’ve given that entire side of the business over to ESPN. Last year, White said:

“We don’t have any say in that. We gave the pay-per-views to ESPN, so yeah, that’s their decision. You know how I feel about that stuff. I don’t love when prices get raised, but it’s not my decision. It’s theirs.” [Transcribed by MMA Fighting]

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