UPDATE: The fight appears to be proceeding as Mayweather and McGregor enter the arena, although Twitter is still full of users from many different sources complaining about the outages, so many providers may be expecting a multitude of very disappointed customers by the time the final bell rings.
Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight is making waves with five-time world champion Mayweather comes out of retirement to fight mixed martial arts champion, Conor "The Notorious" McGregor, in a fight that sees Mayweather bringing in a guaranteed purse of $100 million, while McGregor will see his biggest payday ever at $30 million, but each is expected to exceed that amount significantly once profit shares are accounted for, and the profits should be significant, with the traffic already overloading and crashing the UFC Fight Pass servers.
In response to the massive outages, it appears fight has actually been delayed, and the NY Daily News is reporting that there's no known timetable for return.
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) August 27, 2017
While the undercard matches started on schedule, the broadcast appears to be stalling with additional coverage in order to give UFC Fight Pass servers to come back up so as to not leave what could be thousands of paying customers without access to view the fight.
While Fight Pass customers fight be tempted to jump ship to another service, the high-cost of access via PPV and the unknown length of delay means fans should just sit patiently since a delay will equally affect customers regardless which service they purchased the fight from.
So far it appears that Fight Pass won't issue refunds to any disgruntled customers, but if the issue is widespread enough, it'll surely be a black mark on the service consider their participation in the hype leading into the fight and unquestionable profit, regardless of the fact that their customers may not get the service they paid for.
Mayweather's last big fight against Manny Pacquiao also saw some similarly widespread outages, even resulting in lawsuits from some especially upset customers, so it's certainly disappointing to see a lack of sufficient resources to handle massive events of this type - especially when they come with such a high price tag.
ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO WATCH THE MAYWEATHER VS MCGREGOR FIGHT?
You know it. Just search social media for unauthorized livestreams, most notably from Periscopes being shared on Twitter like this one or this one – each getting thousands of live viewers and some even streaming in HD.
The other way is setting up a digital livestream through something like Kodi but that’s for the advanced, risk-seeking user and will take some time to setup if you’re not familiar. Here are some tips to setting that up for online viewing. If you’re not paying for it, what you’re doing is probably illegal!
Source: NY Daily News