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MMA fans stayed up all night for a big fight only to be greeted with ‘Peppa Pig’

Fans were not pleased.


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 30, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 5:19 am CDT

The highly anticipated Bellator 206 MMA fight went down on Saturday night, which saw welterweight champion Rory MacDonald moving up to the middleweight division to face off against current middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi. The fight was hands down the biggest in the nine-year history of the Bellator promotion, and it was broadcast and streamed live in countries all over the world for eager MMA fans.

The main event kicked off at 10pm in San Jose, California, which meant those watching in other countries had to stay up all night (or get up really early) to catch the fight. Unfortunately, with that came its own set of complications, as British viewers tuned into Channel 5 at around 6am, where the fight was being aired in the U.K. and were met with… Peppa Pig, the popular British animated series geared toward preschoolers.

Apparently, Channel 5 had only had the Bellator scheduled until 5am, and when the event ran slightly behind schedule, programming automatically switched over to Peppa Pig.

So you can only imagine that British MMA fans were, uh, not pleased—and many of them sounded off on Twitter to voice their anger and disappointment.

But on the plus side, as others pointed out, at least small children throughout the U.K. didn’t wake up and tune into two grown men beating the living shit out of each other, instead of their beloved animated pig.

With any hope, Viacom and Channel 5 will take some sort of precautions to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future, but it seems that for MMA fans, a fight like the one that took place this weekend only comes around once in a lifetime.

Mousasi handily defeated MacDonald with TKO in two rounds lasting 3:23 minutes, but that’s probably of little solace to the thousands of disappointed MMA fans.

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*First Published: Sep 30, 2018, 11:01 am CDT