Michael Bisping probably isn’t going to make the UFC brass too happy about his recent admission.
We just came out of the weekend of UFC 265 where we witnessed the coronation of an interim UFC heavyweight champion. In the main event, Ciryl Gane faced off against Derrick Lewis. At the start of the fight, Gane was the big betting favorite and he showed why.
Gane simply overwhelmed Lewis with kicks in the legs, then aimed for the head with punches. In the third round Lewis hit the mat and Gane ended the fight with strikes.
During a review of UFC 265 for BT Sport, Bisping admitted to taking the event on a streaming website, and let’s just say it wasn’t through ESPN + (via Sportskeeda).
“Look, I hate to weed but I watched it [UFC 265] on an illegal stream last night.
Bisping’s comments come shortly after UFC COO Lawrence Epstein told Sportico the illegal flows were hurting fighters financially (h / t Bloody Elbow).
“We love our fans and want more fans. We’re not trying to stop them from showing a video of Conor [McGregor] or other fighters. We are chasing the pirates. . . we are trying to stop illegal profit and resale of copyrighted material.
“Every stolen purchase hurts [McGregor] and other fighters. This is not a victimless crime or a crime that only hurts big business – it hurts individual athletes. . . remember they have such a short window [of life] to monetize their athletic abilities and skills.
The UFC has long set a goal of reducing unauthorized reproduction of its live events. UFC President Dana White has gone so far as to say that there has been a new breakthrough in piracy that allows the promotion to better find those who download or stream their content live without consent.
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