UFC 257 pay-per-view buyers express frustration as widespread ESPN+ issues surface

Nolan King
·3 min read

An apparently significant portion of UFC 257 buyers experienced issues Saturday night as they tried to watch the pay-per-view, with some outages continuing well into the main card.

UFC 257 was much like other Conor McGregor pay-per-view events. The trending numbers, according to UFC president Dana White, were off the charts.

On Saturday, however, some American users struggled to watch the fights – even after paying $69.99 for the pay-per-view on ESPN+. The technical difficulties were wide-spread enough for the term “PPV” to trend on Twitter.

For some users, the duration of the blackout persisted through a significant portion of the five-fight main card, with multiple fights missed.

Hopeful viewers, including UFc fighters and members of the MMA media, took to Twitter to air their grievances and look for help. The ESPN+ help Twitter account was flooded with comments and tags.

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ESPN+ Help issued a statement a little over 80 minutes into the pay-perv-view, which informed buyers it was working to resolve the issues.

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UFC 257 took place Saturday at Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The main card streamed on ESPN+ pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.