Police make big UFC arrest

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British Police have raided the home of a man accused of being the world's leading online pirate for UFC and WWE content.

The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Unit have confirmed that they've arrested a 55 year old man from Leicestershire, who is being only being referred to as 'Sir Paul'.

It is believed that he is one of the most prolific uploaders of both UFC and WWE content across the world and has done some serious damage to their own online platforms.

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So far, nothing else has been released about the man in custody, the only update being that many involved in the pirating world believe it is indeed 'Sir Paul'.

TorrentFreak has also claimed to have given the police a name earlier on today but they were refused an answer.

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Big boost for the UFC

“We do not release the name or identity of suspects at arrest stage. This information is only released once an individual has been charged,” a PIPCU spokesperson said.

They also note that it is with much rarity to see someone who was seemingly acting alone in his pirating activities, with many people preferring to work with a partner or as part of a wider collective.

Still, the main focus here will be the for the UFC and the WWE to get the rest of the pirates as their TV content remains pivotal to their success.

UFC is tight lipped about it's finances but is reported to be worth several billions of dollars and in 2013, made 42% of it's money through TV deals.

The WWE on the other hand is a publicly traded company and in 2014, they had half a billion dollars in profit, with a big chunk of that coming from their new TV deal.

They also have their WWE Network, which had topped 1 million subscribers in it's first year, which has made it easier to pirate the content they have, as well as make them more money.

Bringing down the likes of someone like 'Sir Paul' is going to be big for both of these companies but in the pirating world, it's like a hydra.

You chop off one head and another two grow in it's place.

The war on piracy has only really just begun for these two companies and while it may be a futile battle, they're at least going down swinging.

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Dana White

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