Next time you’re about to shell out $6,000 for cageside seats to and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) event, maybe consider spending $50 on a fake lanyard and iron-on t-shirt instead.
That’s how Australian YouTuber, Mikey T, snuck into UFC 284, which was being held in his hometown of Perth, Australia, on Feb. 11, 2023. After general admission tickets to the event sold out in 10 seconds, he decided he’d try to sneak in posing as UFC staff. He whipped up a fake UFC badge on an official-looking lanyard, ironed some logos onto a classy polo shirt, and got himself a professional-looking camera.
“I literally just walked in and there were no questions asked,” he told local news channel 7News.
this is incredible pic.twitter.com/XadvxxKYsv— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) February 19, 2023
Mikey T didn’t just make it into the arena. He made it into the post-fight press conference area. He made it cageside, where he pretended to photograph the fights just feet away from the action. He made it backstage and hung out there for awhile, too. And in his biggest bit of daring-do, he walked out with Alexander Volkanovski for his main event. He hung out in the prep zone one foot away from Islam Makhachev.
It was all captured as part of a video he uploaded to his YouTube channel a few days ago.
Who needs to win VIP ticket packages from Dana White when you can just rely on shoddy security measures instead? While Mikey walked in and out of UFC 284 with no one the wiser, he did foolishly talk to 7News, which went ahead and snitched him out to RAC Arena and UFC.
“Michael credits confidence for the daring stunt which could see him face significant consequences,” a 7News reporter said. “It raises serious security concerns: if he can get in, who else can? The arena’s management says it takes security seriously, but wasn’t aware of the incident. UFC has yet to comment.”
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