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Dana White Says He's Looking Forward To Streamers 'Crying And Begging'

Dana White Says He's Looking Forward To Streamers 'Crying And Begging'

Dana White has spoken for the second time about punishing people who stream McGregor's return to action at UFC 257 on Fight Island.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan Sidle

Dana White has once again warned people who are planning on illegally streaming Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier II, saying he's looking forward to their 'crying and begging.'

McGregor makes his long awaited return to the octagon on Saturday 23rd, over a year since his victory of Donald Cerrone last year, when he faces Poirier for the second time.

Like any event with the Irishman, they'll be plenty of people wanting to tune in, even with the increased pay-per-view price on ESPN up to $69.99.

However there will also be lots of people not wanting to pay the price and instead find illegal streams, something UFC president White is obviously not a fan of.

The 51-year-old had previously warned streamers about watching the UFC 257 show without paying and now he'd doubled down on the warning.

"We've been one of the leagues that has been so proactive on piracy," he said in an interview on the Mac Life.

"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."

McGregor holds the record for PPV buys in UFC, according to Tapology, with his grudge fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov attracting 2,400,000 buys.

The Notorious had 1,353,429 people paying to watch his very quick win over Cerrone last year, which was his first fight in over a year after the loss to Khabib.

UFC would have made a huge amount off those buys, as would McGregor, but they are missing out on money every time someone streams it instead.

McGregor is unlikely to break his buy record next weekend but it could happen in the next year, with White teasing a rematch with Khabib.

Speaking recently the American said, "No matter what you think of Conor personally, Conor McGregor is not only one of the best in the world, but one of the best to ever do it.

"And right now, he's as focused as he's ever been. I don't know if this is going to be the same Conor after the Poirier fight, but if this Conor sticks around for the next year, how do you not do Khabib vs Conor again?"

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Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Dustin Poirier, UFC News, MMA News, UFC 257, UFC, MMA, Dana White