Fight fans are in luck this weekend, as the combat sports world will be front-and-center.
UFC 228 takes place Saturday night, along with Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter for a title inside the boxing ring.
Earlier in the day, DAZN will provide fans with the Amir Khan vs. Samuel Vargas welterweight fight for free on both Facebook and Twitter.
The event takes place from the Arena Birmingham in the United Kingdom beginning at 4 p.m. ET, with the main event between Khan and Vargas likely to start around 5 p.m. ET.
Also featured will be Jason Welborn vs. Tommy Langford and Ryan Kelly vs. Kelcie Ball.
A former unified champion in the light welterweight division, Khan (32-4) is coming off a 39-second knockout of Phil Lo Greco. The bout was his first since a 2016 loss to Canelo Alvarez.
Vargas is 29-3 overall in his career with 14 of those wins being knockouts.
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“As part of our joint venture with Matchroom Boxing, we held the rights to Khan vs. Vargas but DAZN doesn’t go live in the U.S. until September 10. We fully recognize Khan’s broad appeal and will work with Facebook and Twitter to give U.S. fight fans an opportunity to see his fight for free,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN’s senior vice president for North America (thanks to Sporting News for the quotes). “Cheers! This one is on us.”
DAZN will be the streaming home for Bellator MMA moving forward, along with plans to air the Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin boxing match on September 22. Bellator 206, Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme and Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade are all scheduled for the network in the coming weeks.
“Amir Khan is back and although there is a lot of talk about massive fights on the horizon he must come through this test against Vargas in style. With DAZN launching later this month, we wanted to give Amir the biggest audience possible so U.S. fans can see how sharp and determined he looks,” said Eddie Hearn, Matchroom president. “Enjoy this card on us and then come back to check out DAZN’s top-notch platform and live sports production starting Sept. 22, when the heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua defends his belts against Alexander Povetkin.”
DAZN launched in July and offers both live and on-demand programming on a monthly basis with no contract. You can sign-up for the network online, but will only need to tune in to either the DAZN Facebook or Twitter page for the live fights this weekend.