White recently said that the UFC has “overcome a huge hurdle” in terms of stopping individuals from illegally accessing fight cards online and he looks forward to the “crying and the begging” of those he catches in the act.
According to MMA Junkie’s John Morgan, since White has come out with UFC’s plan to halt illegal access, some streamers and pirates have taken it upon themselves to try and outsmart the president by sharing the fights online.
During the UFC 257 press conference on Thursday, Morgan asked White, “You kind of stirred the pot a little bit with the piracy and online streamers. They want to come after you and give this thing away. Any regret with maybe stirring the pot a little bit?”
White made it clear that he has no regret taking on piracy and illegal streaming. He said that the UFC is watching someone and will know if a fight fan accesses UFC 257 illegally through him.
“No, I’m glad you asked me about that because we got one,” White answered. “We got him. We’re watching this guy right now. All you have to do is turn it on Saturday, and we got you f****r. I can’t wait. Turn it on Saturday, streamers, and see what happens.”
During a recent interview with BT Sport, White also gave more information about the individual the UFC is watching and what the promotion plans on doing should he share the event illegally. Watch below:
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UFC 257 Features 2 Massive Fights in the Lightweight Division
This year is already shaping up to be a massive year for the UFC. On January 23, the promotion will air its first pay-per-view of 2021 and it will be headlined by MMA’s biggest superstar, “Notorious” Conor McGregor. He will return to the lightweight division, where he hasn’t fought since October 2018, to take on No. 2 ranked Dustin Poirier.
It is a rematch over six years in the making, with Notorious defeating “The Diamond” in the first round of their featherweight bout at UFC 178 in 2014. There are massive stakes for the victor as they will likely fight for gold next.
In the co-main event. No. 6 ranked lightweight Dan Hooker will welcome multiple-time Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler to the Octagon. The winner will take a meaningful step forward toward fighting for a championship and the loser will take a step back in the stacked lightweight division.
UFC 257 Full Fight Card
See the full fight card for UFC 257 below:
Main Card via ESPN+ PPV
Main Event: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
Co-Main Event: Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler
Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood
Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas
Preliminary Card via ESPN+ & ESPN
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann
Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio
Early Preliminary Card via ESPN+ & UFC Fight Pass
Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov
Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz
Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
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