The UFC has stated multiple times their intent on ending piracy on their media and events. Today, that plan went into action as the New York Post reported that the UFC has sued Steven Messina of New York for $32 million in damages.
The lawsuit claims that Messina allegedly uploaded 141 different UFC events to torrent sites like Pirate Bay under the pseudonym Secludedly. During that time, Messina also allegedly received Paypal donations for the pirated events.
According to BloodyElbow, the UFC believes they have proof that links Messina to the Secludedly account:
Messina referred to himself as “Provider of Best MMA & Boxing rips online!” and asked viewers to “Help Me Cap PPV!” through his PayPal account, called “MMA Capping Fund!” The suit alleges that Messina was “trying to become “the king of PPV pirates online.”
Secludedly also did an AMA on Reddit only four months ago detailing his line of work while answering tons of question. Apparently he not only pirates UFC content, but other media content as well.
FanSided will keep you updated as the case unfolds against Messina.