Report: Dana White Fires Away at Bellator, Says Promotion’s PPV Didn’t Sell 100,000 Buys
By FCF Staff
Although Dana White has said repeatedly that he isn’t worried about Bellator, the UFC President continues to get worked up while discussing the Viacom owned promotion.
While speaking with the media recently, White was asked about reports that Bellator’s first pay-per-view event drew over 100,000 buys. The ZUFFA executive reportedly said “no it didn’t,” before firing away at Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and the promotion itself (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“He doesn’t know what his gate was but he did 100,000 pay-per-view buys? The guy is a f–king clown, okay. Can you imagine having a night where you guys ask me, ‘hey, what’d you do for a gate tonight?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ When will you know? ‘I won’t.’ It’s like, yeah you don’t want to give out your gate, and yeah you probably don’t want to give out a real pay-per-view number either,” said White.
“That’s why you guys are asking me if I give a s–t about what they’re doing and if we’re trying to go the same night to destroy them. I’m doing two events the same night sometimes on opposite ends of the world. Like I really give a s–t where they are and what they’re doing.”
The UFC President proceeded to claim that he’s aware of the “real” number the Bellator PPV generated, but didn’t disclose any figure.
White also denied that the UFC deliberately went out of its way to hold an event in Connecticut on September 5th, which is the same night Bellator is holding a card in the state.
Bellator’s first PPV took place on May 17th, and saw former UFC champ “Rampage” Jackson decision “King Mo” Lawal in the main event.