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Mayweather vs McGregor PPV blackouts lead to refunds from Showtime, but not UFC (yet)

UPDATE: UFC has responded and will soon begin to issue PPV refunds.

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A shitload of pay-per-view (PPV) buys were registered last Saturday night (Aug. 26, 2017), as combat sports fans tuned in for the “Mayweather vs. McGregor” boxing match inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And a shitload were pirated, too.

The Showtime network, responsible for the “Money Fight” PPV telecast, warned customers to buy early, but so many fans were on the fence up until the “Prelims” bouts that a flood of last-minute purchases jammed up the system, forcing a 20-minute delay.

Some folks got their live feed, other folks did not.

“Our online offering of and Showtime PPV app, for those that could not see the fight on those platforms, Showtime will issue a full refund,” Showtime rep Chris DeBlasio told “Of course, the goal is to deliver at the highest quality all of the content.”

As for those suckers fans who tried to order through UFC Fight Pass?

“We’re incredibly disappointed by the technical difficulties that were experienced Saturday night, and we’re working with our vendor NeuLion to assess exactly what happened,” UFC posted in a statement to USA TODAY Sports (via

But neither UFC nor NeuLion were ready to start handing out refunds ... yet.

That means a number of fans shelled out $100 for a black screen, which may explain the recent class-action lawsuit seeking damages. The good news is, they were savvy enough to follow the live play-by-play right here on


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