In a press release issued Wednesday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship expressed their appreciation to the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for the “forceful action they have taken in combating the criminal piracy of UFC Pay-Per-View events.”
As ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) reported yesterday, federal authorities on Feb. 1 seized ten websites that allegedly hosted illegal streams of UFC Pay-Per-Views, as well as National Football League, World Wrestling Entertainment, and other live sporting events.
UFC President Dana White expressed his personal gratitude:
“The very forceful actions taken by Mr. Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Mr. Morton, the Director of ICE, against these parasitic websites is very welcome news. The criminal theft of Pay-Per-View events has resulted in the loss of millions of dollars of revenue to not only the UFC and its fighters, but has also deprived federal, state and local government of their rightful entitlement to significant tax revenue.”
“On behalf of the UFC and its fighters, I extend my sincerest thanks to Mr. Bharara, Mr. Morton, and the many Assistant United States Attorneys and Agents of Homeland Security Investigations who worked so tirelessly during the course of this intensive investigation.”