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Dana White warns UFC illegal streamers: I have a ‘surprise’ for you this year

The UFC and Dana White remain adamant in catching illegal streamers.

UFC president Dana White has a message to everyone who refuses to go back to full normalcy amid the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

(Editor’s note: Article reflected to note the UFC PPV price increase from 2020, not 2019 as originally written.)

Last month, ESPN announced a price hike on UFC pay-per-view cards beginning in 2021. From $64.99, fans will now have to pay $69.99 for each event. It’s the second PPV increase in as many years, not to mention ESPN+ is now more expensive both monthly and annually.

As expected, it didn’t sit well with many fans. One of them was utterly dismayed and felt the need to broadcast their intentions of pirating the event. Unfortunately, UFC president Dana White got wind of these plans and sent out a warning.

Here’s a screenshot of the brief Instagram exchange (H/T MMA Mania).

Dana White illegal streamer

Since 2012, the UFC has been cracking down on illegal streamers. In 2014, the company was able to successfully track down and sue an individual for $12,000.

The new PPV price will take effect for UFC 257, a card headlined by a rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. It happens on January 23 in “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.