People were very confused when an MMA match was cut off for an episode of Peppa Pig
On Saturday night, two MMA champions came together to duke it out in the ring for Bellator 206. Plenty of jabs were thrown, there was a bloodied nose, and a whole lot of overall pounding. Fans in the UK unfortunately missed the match because the program was cut off when an early-morning episode of Peppa Pig came on.
People quickly took to Twitter to express outrage and bafflement, and it’s hilarious.
As a quick recap: Bellator 206 featured a fight between middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and welterweight champion Rory Macdonald. Peppa Pig is an animated series that follows the adventures of a young pig who likes to go swimming, visit her grandparents, and ride her bike. Those two things don’t really have overlapping audiences, hence the hilarity.
Fans of MMA in the UK stayed up all night to catch the match, which aired at 10pm in San Jose, California. By 6am, the show was cut off because it went against programming restrictions. It was replaced with Peppa Pig and people were pissed. MMA fans waited all night to see a fight, not an adorable-but-spoiled young cartoon pig.
Channel 5 right now. This is like some sort of sick joke.
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) September 30, 2018
I STAYED UP TIL 6AM FOR CHANNEL 5 TO CUT OFF BELLATOR MAIN EVENT.
— Ben Smith (@bendrfcsmith97) September 30, 2018
Some fans were disappointed but were pretty good sports about the whole thing.
I woke up to watch #Bellator206 and Peppa Pig is on Channel 5 instead of the main event.
At least it’s a good episode (the one where George and Peppa go the playground) pic.twitter.com/mPEHwH1xvC
— David Mullins (@davidgmullins) September 30, 2018
It was a particularly good episode of Peppa - I must say.— Graeme Brookes (@Mr_Brookes04) September 30, 2018
At this stage, I trust Peppa to deliver much more than I trust Bellator, that’s for certain.
If you feel bad about #WWE's long PPVs, spare a thought for Bellator viewers in the UK.
They stayed up until 6am to see the main event – only for the PPV to overrun and Channel 5 (The channel showing it in the UK) to put Peppa Pig on instead.
— WWE Critics (@WWECritics) September 30, 2018
UK fans thought Bellator was finally gonna do them right. Peppa Pig suckas!
— Jonathan of Kowloon & Geylang (@GlobeSvcs) September 30, 2018
I didn't stay up for bellator last night but if anyone missed the main event i have peppa pig on demand
— chris fields (@chrisfieldsmma) September 30, 2018
A few others chimed in to say that they were bummed they missed the fight but ultimately glad that their children didn’t wander in at six in the morning and catch two people beating each other up.
Obviously we have waited up which is frustrating, but no-one should be blaming Channel 5. My kids don't get up at 6 am but can you imagine the shit storm if a kid woke up and just watched that fight? Having said that some kind of online viewing could be a fail-safe in future.— enter name here (@levenemachine) September 30, 2018
Came here to say the exact same thing. My little one wakes up before 6am and some mornings I do just find the first channel with Peppa Pig on whilst I make myself multiple cups of coffee. It would have been a PR disaster for Channel 5 if they'd continued broadcasting.— Sarah (@MsHarris79) September 30, 2018
Dawwww. Peppa appreciates the support.
Meanwhile, the company’s president Scott Coker heard the outrage loud and clear. He offered a statement to assure angry MMA fans in the UK that he was working on the problem.
“Believe me, when it switched over there were a lot of texts going back and forth and they all were not friendly,” he said. “We were trying to fix it, we thought it was a technical glitch. But it wasn’t, it was a governmental issue. I can promise you the next time it’s not going to happen…it’s an unfortunate situation.”
Here’s hoping that UK fans don’t miss a key MMA match again. Here’s also hoping that Peppa had a lovely day at the playground with her friends and Grandpa Pig. OINK!