UFC chief Dana White has doubled down on his warning to fight fans who intend to illegally stream the promotion’s first pay-per-view event of the year.
Earlier this month, White revealed he had a ‘surprise’ in store for the ‘motherf***ers’ who intend to watch UFC 257 for free.
Dana White and the UFC are cracking down on illegal piracyCredit: Getty
Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor II headlines UFC 257 in Abu DhabiCredit: GETTY
And in an interview with The MacLife, the veteran promoter reiterated that chilling warning.
He said: “We’ve been one of the leagues that has been so proactive on piracy.
“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.
“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.”
White admits he’ll never be able to eradicate the piracy of UFC shows but still intends to do his utmost to stop it.
He added: “They’re never all going to go away. They’re going to be out there, and we’re not trying to get rid of all of them.
“I just want to catch a few. That’s all I’m looking for. You can’t shut the whole thing down. That piracy industry is going to go on forever.
“Let me catch a few and watch what happens — and I will. Oh, it’s coming.”
The Irishman will be welcomed back to the octagon by former featherweight rival Dustin Poirier, who he knocked out six years ago at UFC 178.
Poirier vs McGregor 2 will close out the promotion’s third stint on Fight Island, which kicks off on Saturday night with UFC on ABC 1.