UFC 297 PPV special offer: How to get discounted deal for Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis fight

The fight between UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland and Dricus du Plessis at UFC 297 is expected to be an all-out war if previous actions and comments are any indication. UFC 297 airs on ESPN+ in the U.S. on January 20.

Strickland made his pro debut in 2008. A King of the Cage middleweight champion, the 32-year-old joined the UFC in 2014 and is 14-5 in the octagon. He had his six-fight win streak snapped by Alex Pereira and went back to the drawing board. The 32-year-old went 3-0 in 2023, beating Nassourdine Imavov and Abusupiyan Magomedov before outclassing Israel Adesanya in September to win the UFC middleweight title. 

A former kickboxing champion, du Plessis turned pro in 2013. He joined the UFC in 2020 and is 6-0 with the promotion. His last fight was a massive TKO win in July against former champion Robert Whittaker. The South African hit a nerve with Strickland when talking about his abusive childhood. Strickland opened up about his trauma on This Past Weekend with Theo Von, and du Plessis continues to poke the bear while showing some sympathy. 

WATCH: UFC 297: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis, exclusively on ESPN+

“I think we give him a lot more credit than he deserves in terms of mindset. I don’t think he thinks about anything. I think he goes out there, and he fights, he fights the way Sean Strickland fights. He always has, and he’s an incredible fighter. I have a lot of respect for him as a fighter. I think he’s incredible,” du Plessis said to MMA On Point via MMA Fighting. “Do I think he’s a hypocrite? 100%. 100%. Obviously, childhood trauma is something you can’t help, but if you know what it feels like to be the one on the receiving end of such trauma, don’t inflict it on others because that’s exactly what he does. So yes, I feel bad for him, and I don’t think any kid deserves that, ever.”

Want to purchase UFC 297? Fight fans can earn a discount on the event before fight night. Here’s all the information you need regarding the PPV price and what is being offered now. 

How to watch UFC 297: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis

Country Date Channel + Live Stream (main card)
United States Saturday, January 20 ESPN+, ESPN PPV
Canada Saturday, January 20 BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel,  Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass
United Kingdom Sunday, January 21 TNT Sports, TNT Sports Box Office
Australia Sunday, January 21 Main Event, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass

Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis PPV price: How much does UFC 297 cost? 

In the U.S., the UFC 297 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 297 is $79.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $134.98 for the UFC 297 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which offers savings of more than 30 percent.

In the UK, the main card is on TNT Sports Box Office and will cost £19.99.

WATCH: UFC 297: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis, exclusively on ESPN+

Product Prices
ESPN+ Monthly Subscription $10.99/mo
ESPN+ Annual Subscription $109.99/yr
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported $14.99/mo
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads $24.99/mo
UFC PPV Standalone $79.99 each
UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual) $134.98, then $109.99/year
UFC PPV & The Disney Bundle

$79.99, then $14.99/mo

Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform.

UFC 297 “Early Bird” Discount

ESPN+ is offering $10 off UFC 297 for fans who purchase the fight early until January 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

That will bring the price down to $69.99.

New/returning subscribers who purchase UFC 297 and the Annual Plan will receive $15 off.

When is UFC 297: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis?

UFC 297 is on January 20. The early prelims start at 6 p.m. ET, with the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The main card is at 10 p.m. ET. Strickland and du Plessis should make their way to the octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last. 

Region Date Early Prelims Start Time Prelims Start Time Main Card Start Time Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)
USA and Canada (ET) Saturday, January 20 6 p.m. ET 8 p.m. ET 10 p.m. ET 12:15 a.m. ET
USA and Canada (PT) Saturday, January 20 3 p.m. PT 5 p.m. PT 7 p.m. PT 9:15 p.m. PT 
UK and Ireland Sunday, January 21 11 p.m. GMT 1 a.m. GMT 3 a.m. GMT 5:15 a.m. GMT
Australia Sunday, January 21 10 a.m. AEDT 12 p.m. AEDT 2 p.m. AEDT 4:15 p.m. AEDT

UFC 297 fight card

Main card

  • Sean Strickland (c) vs. Dricus du Plessis for the UFC middleweight title
  • Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva for the UFC bantamweight title
  • Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott; Welterweights
  • Chris Curtis vs. Marc-Andre Barriault; Middleweights
  • Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev; Featherweights


  • Brad Katona vs. Garrett Armfield; Bantamweights
  • Charles Jourdain vs. Sean Woodson; Featherweights
  • Serhiy Sidey vs. Ramon Taveras; Bantamweights
  • Gillian Robertson vs. Polyana Viana; Strawweights

Early Prelims

  • Yohan Lainesse vs. Sam Patterson; Welterweights
  • Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Priscila Cachoeira; Flyweights
  • Malcolm Gordon vs. Jimmy Flick; Flyweights


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