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In the build-up to the big bout, White repeated his warning to anyone wanting to host a stream of UFC 257, stating: "We got one. 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*cker. I can't wait. Turn it on Saturday, streamers, and see what happens.
"We are watching his house, we're listening to his phone conversations, and if he puts it up on Saturday, we got him."
Dana White says he couldn't bust the one illegal streamer he had his eye on because the streamer started selling legal PPV streams and took down his network before UFC 257 pic.twitter.com/IdXbBhk5hY- gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 24, 2021
The Notorious' defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 was viewed by millions on pay-per-view, but White's hopes of catching the illegal streamer didn't quite come to fruition. However, it appeared his threats had worked.
The 51-year-old said after the clash: "We found the guy and we were watching him. He put out a statement that night saying, 'I will not be streaming McGregor vs Poirier anymore. I will show you how to buy it legally.'
"He put out this whole big statement and now his whole streaming service has been deleted and is gone. Disappeared.
"One down and a s***load to go. Every event, I'm going to go after one of these guys. One more, we'll see.
"And who you are, the guy who did this, good move. We had you, pal. I don't know if he knew something, but we had you.
"All you had to do was pop up that stream and you were in big trouble, so you did the right thing."
White, though, did receive criticism for the pay-per-view.
Some viewers who had coughed up the cash, £19.95 for BT Sport Box Office and £51 for ESPN+ customers in the USA, were left disappointed by the service of coverage.
They took to Twitter in their droves with even UFC featherweight star Megan Anderson was unable to watch.
The Australian wrote: "Is anyone else not being able to log in to ESPN despite already buying the #ufc257 card which was freaking $70?"
NFL superstar JJ Watt also wrote that he wanted his money back.
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