There’s a huge night of action ahead as Conor McGregor returns to the ring for his first UFC fight since his controversial defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October 2018. Despite threats of quitting the sport, McGregor is back and ready to take on the challenge from Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
Although this isn’t a title fight, it’s all set to be an explosive showdown with millions expected to tune in from across the world to watch the action from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Like most premium sporting events, tonight’s fight is not free to view with UK UFC fans having to sign up to a BT Sports subscription to be able to watch the action on their TVs.
However, at a cost of £19.95 some may be tempted to head online and find those cheeky free streams which will no doubt be appearing across the web.
But, before you start downloading this content from the internet, there’s a fresh warning about the dangers of trying to view without paying.
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Kieron Sharp, CEO of the UK’s leading intellectual property protection organisation FACT is warning viewers about the risks of illegally streaming the fight.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Sharp said: “UFC is always an incredibly popular event and fans need to ensure that they are going to the official provider to avoid breaking the law as well as guaranteeing the best viewing experience.
“If people are planning on watching the fight through any other means – whether that’s on social media or a pirate live stream; if you are accessing content without the appropriate subscription, this is illegal.
“FACT is leading the way in combatting digital piracy and works with PIPCU and industry bodies to crackdown on illegal streaming and to hold those behind them accountable for their actions.”
Along with watching the fight illegally, it’s also worth being aware of the dangers of streaming the content from your television to social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook or Periscope.
A number of fans have fallen foul of this copyright issue with some being hit by large fines with one ordered pay legal costs of over £16,000.
In 2017, Yusuf Mohammed of Bristol was ordered to pay damages for re-streaming Sky Sports content online illegally.
This shock ruling was then followed by another boxing fan who was ordered to pay substantial legal costs for sharing the Joshua vs Klitschko fight on Facebook.
With this live action being streamed to the social platform, over 4,000 fans tuned in to enjoy the boxing match without having to pay a fee.
Although this may sound harmless the content was eventually traced back to the Sky account holder, Craig Foster, of Scarborough.
He says one of his friends live streamed the fight using an iPad, which was already logged into his Facebook account.
Mr Foster agreed to pay £5,000 in legal costs to Sky and it’s something all UFC fans should be aware of ahead of tonight’s fight.
The McGregor v Cerrone fight will start at around 3am BST on Sunday January 19 and will be shown in the UK on BT Sport Box Office.
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