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Are you planning to illegally stream UFC 257? This might not be the weekend to pull the trigger, especially if you’re the illegal streamer that Dana White has his sights on. The UFC president told his people “I want this guy” if he decides to fire up the stream as Dana’s trying to make money.
Dana went even further during a UFC 257 press conference on Fight Island. “We got one. We got him,” White said during Thursday’s UFC 257 press conference. “We’re watching this guy right now. All you have to do is turn it on Saturday, and we got you, f–ker. I can’t wait. Turn it on Saturday, streamers, and see what happens.”
Uncle Dana got an illegal streamer 😂 #UFC257
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) January 21, 2021
“(If) he pops this link up on Saturday, we got him, and we will arrest him, and I will prosecute him,” White said this week. “I will not be nice. I will not give him any leniency whatsoever. I will go guns-a-f–kin’-blazing on this guy.”
Armed with language in the COVID relief bill that makes illegal streaming a felony, White feels like the tables have officially turned on those who steal from the UFC. Illegal streaming of broadcasts such as the UFC could carry a penalty of up to 10 years in jail, according to the bill.
White’s ready to make one of these punks squirm to make an example out of him.
“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,” White told The Mac Life.
“… 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.”