UFC 236 is making history for a number of reasons. The first is the fact that the card will be headlined with two interim title fights. And, the other is that this will be the first pay-per-view bought through ESPN+.
Many fans and fighters had their concerns about it when it was announced but UFC President, Dana White is confident that it will be easy to buy and run with no problems.
“If you’re a UFC fan, you know, everyone hates change and it’s a little weird when there’s change and you figure out what’s going on, there’s never going to be a better time for MMA than these next seven years,” White said (transcript via MMAJunkie). “The content, the promotion that these guys are going to get.”
Although bad internet may lead to laggy and glitchy streams, for the most part, White is confident if there are any issues, ESPN will handle them in time for the next PPV.
“I’ve been doing pay-per-views for 20 years, so there’s no nerves whatsoever,” White said. “I know on the ESPN side, this is their first one, the reality is, ESPN is so goddamn good at what they do they should have been doing pay-per-views 10-15 years ago. “I mean these guys are the best in sports, I’m sure there’s going to have their little bumps and hiccups, it happens when you’re doing something new.”
Ultimately, it is yet another step in a major partnership with ESPN. For White, he couldn’t be happier to be a part of the worldwide leader in sports.
“I’m telling you, I’ve never worked with a group of people that are so on top of what they do and so good at it,” White said. “This whole relationship with these guys over the next seven years, is going to be ridiculous. We’re going to take this sport to new levels.”