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Mayweather vs. McGregor demand overwhelms UFC Fight Pass, PPV services

Conor McGregor
Esther Lin, Showtime

Showtime vice president Stephen Espinoza warned fight fans that the massive demand for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor event could cause problems, and that prediction came true Saturday.

The pay-per-view undercard bouts kicked off at 9 p.m. ET, but many users (including Tristar head coach Firas Zahabi and former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman) complained that they received a message saying that their UFC Fight Pass purchase could not be processed:

The UFC Fight Pass account tweeted out an official statement in response to the uproar:

And it wasn’t just the UFC’s online service that was giving people headaches. Other broadcasting services also appear to be having issues with the extraordinary demand:

The clash between Mayweather and McGregor is expected to shatter PPV records so viewers can only hope that the traffic problems are resolved by the time the main event rolls around.

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