There are two good reasons to go out to watch the UFC: pay TV is expensive and you can't get that electric crowd energy at home. That's why you should make tracks for these Sydney bars and pubs for the UFC 196, where American Nate Diaz is pitted against the crowd favourite, Irishman Conor McGregor.
Following an injury to Rafael dos Anjos, Diaz will step in as a replacement against McGregor for the Lightweight Championship. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm (yep, the one who kicked Ronda Rousey in the neck) will also be headlining the event and defending her title against Miesha Tate. Grab a beer and watch the big fight at these bars showing the UFC live and loud from the MGM Grand:
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If the large rugby ball on top of the roof doesn't give it away, you'll realise as soon as you step inside the Harlequin Inn that it's a sports skewed pub. The four projector screens here attract big crowds for everything from big ticket boxing matches to weekly footy games, alongside American basketball and football matches throughout the day. If it's a really big game you may even see folks gathered on the footpaths peering into the large windows to catch some of the action.
When there’s a bite in the air that makes sitting in the garden a little too chilly for comfort, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon that posting up on one of the bar stools and watching the footy over a jug of beer and a Courty burger. They only have the commentary on for Swans games, but they screen most big games on the four large screens.