Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently warned all the “motherfu*kers” who plan on illegally streaming UFC 257 — and any other pay-per-view (PPV) event in 2021 — on Jan. 23, saying that he has a special surprise for them once he catches them riding dirty.
And there will likely be more pirates hitting the internet in hopes of finding an free stream after ESPN raised the cost of UFC PPV events another $5, bringing the price to $69.99. Still, White is doubling down on his threat by saying that these “criminals” will be reduced to crying and begging one he gets through with them.
“We’ve been one of the leagues that has been so proactive on piracy,” White said in an interview with TheMacLife. (transcribed by MMA Junkie). “I love how cool and tough these guys act on social media because – let me tell you what, we’ve caught a lot of people. Let me tell you what they do: They cry. They cry, and they beg not to be prosecuted and all this other stuff,” said White before revealing the promotion recently overcame a big hurdle in its never-ending fight against illegal streaming.
“We just overcame a huge hurdle in the piracy world, and we’re going to catch some of these guys in 2021, and I look forward to the crying and the begging. We’ll see how tough they are when they get caught.”
Of course, UFC 257 will feature the highly-anticipated return of Conor McGregor as he takes on Dustin Poirier for the right to fight for the promotion’s Lightweight title. In the co-main event, Michael Chandler will face Dan Hooker in another pivotal 155-pound showdown.
Remember, MMAmania.com will have full play-by-play updates and coverage for UFC 257: “Poirier vs McGregor 2” right here.