Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, recently warned all the “motherf—kers” who plan to illegally stream UFC 257 — and any other pay-per-view (PPV) event in 2021 — on Jan. 23, saying that he has a special surprise once he catches them breaking the law. And there will likely be more pirates hitting the Internet in hopes of finding a 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, claiming 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,” he continued. “We’ll see how tough they are when they get caught.”
Of course, UFC 257 will feature the highly-anticipated return of Conor McGregor, who 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.