UFC fighters got out their credit cards to legally watch Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 in the pay-per-view headliner of UFC 257. But when showtime arrived, many were left watching a whole lot of nothing when live streaming network ESPN+ had an apparent outage.
The fighters quickly took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the outage, which appeared to affect several broadcasts on ESPN+ and came after UFC President Dana White vowed to crack down on illegal streams of UFC 257.
Here’s what fighters had to say about the streaming issues.
UFC 257— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) January 24, 2021
Is anyone else not being able to log in to ESPN despite already buying the #ufc257 card which was freaking $70— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) January 24, 2021
Dana shut down the wrong servers pic.twitter.com/CNZq38rWKq— Drakkar Klose (@drakkarklose) January 24, 2021
Just trying to do the right thing here ♂️— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) January 24, 2021
I think your new tech that suppose to surprise and stop the streamers... stopped everyone who paid 69.99 for PPV..... #UFC257— Julian marquez (@JMarquezMMA) January 24, 2021
ESPN working for me, sorry you losers can't buy it. Ill update you.— Funky (@Benaskren) January 24, 2021
I’m bout to stream this bih in a second @danawhite you know where I stay— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) January 24, 2021
Damn ESPN must not have been expecting this traffic ! #UFC257— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) January 24, 2021
Some bullshit! Can’t even order the fight after almost 30 minutes after starting! @ufc— Raquel Pennington (@RockyPMMA) January 24, 2021
So fights are working for illegal streams but not paying customers. Makes sense— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) January 24, 2021
Okay I am done send me a illegal streams!— Ian Heinisch (@ianheinischmma) January 24, 2021
Where though— Julian marquez (@JMarquezMMA) January 24, 2021