Dana Talks UFC 236 Ordering Issues
The first night in 25 years that a UFC pay-per-view was not through a cable provider, issues would dominate UFC 236 on ESPN+.
UFC 236 was the start of UFC PPV broadcasts exclusively airing on the ESPN+ streaming platform, which means anyone looking to order the event would need to be an ESPN+ subscriber.
Many fans and fighters such as Frankie Edgar, Michael Bisping, and others, tweeting that they were unable to purchase the pay-per-view.
During the UFC 236 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White, addressed the issues and promised things will get better.
“Not too long ago, we were in pay-per-view negotiations and we didn’t like the way they were going, so what you don’t ever want to do is to give us a little time to think outside the box,” White said. “So we started talking to ESPN, the talks moved really fast and we struck a deal with ESPN. And we knew we had to pull this fight off very soon, on both sides. And we knew that there were gonna be some hiccups. Hopefully, there aren’t. Hopefully, you can get everything dialed in.
“The next one will be much better. The next one, you’ll be able to purchase right through the app. It’s gonna get easier, it’s gonna get better.”
The announcement of the UFC’s new deal with ESPN was announced in March, following the start of ESPN/ESPN+ exclusively broadcasting the UFC’s Fight Night cards in the United States.
“I’m not just saying this because I’m in business with these guys,” White said. “You know, you’ve seen me in business with guys that I don’t exactly love being in business with. It happens sometimes. These guys are so good at what they do. They’re so good, they’re so on top of everything. We’ll get the problems that people had tonight fixed. And it’ll only get better.”
Quotes Via MMA Fighting