UFC President Dana White met with the media on Thursday and he had a lot to say about Bellator and some saying that they are competing to the UFC.
“If you guys really think we look at Bellator and give a s–t what’s going on or what they’re doing, we don’t, said White. That’s just the date that we landed on. We get the dates from FOX – we don’t pick our own dates, we get the dates. They give us the dates they need us to go on, and it’s determined by what other programming they have or what’s going on that night. There’s nights where we’re going to fall on the same night as World Series of Fighting, too. And I’ve got no beef with those guys. I don’t give a s–t what night Bellator goes on.”
UFC and Bellator will go head to head when UFC Fight Night 50, that is scheduled on the same night as Bellator 123 for Bellator MMA.
“They make no difference to me whatsoever. The day I start worrying about what Bellator (is doing), or thinking, ‘We’re going to go on the same night as Bellator ’cause I want to crush them’ … they’re getting crushed already by themselves. They can go on their own f—ing date anywhere and it’s not like me going on the same night is going to do any damage to Bellator that wasn’t already done. I could give a s–t where Bellator goes. What night, what day, whatever. It’s not like Bellator’s out there killing it and we’re going to going to go in and take some away. I mean, it’s just stupid to even think that. We end up on the same night as many different sporting events, sometimes boxing events, we land on the same nights. There’s tons of events and tons of MMA organizations. I could give a s–t about them.”
The events will be held 10 miles apart. UFC Fight Night 50 is being held in Ledyard, and Bellator 123 is at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.
Obviously the UFC is the more seen and some would say better product. That is not reality for Dana White.
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