Dana White Comments (rants) About Bellator: ‘I could give a sh-t about them’
Dana White spoke with the media prior to this Saturdays UFC 174 event. White talked about a variety of topics but one that he seemed to get a little extra worked up about was Bellator. He was asked about the whole Bellator vs. UFC situation, where both promotions have scheduled an event on the same night 10 miles away from each other in Connecticut. Here’s what he had to say about that and about Bellator in general. Enjoy.
âIf you guys really think we look at Bellator and give a sât whatâs going on or what theyâre doing, we donât. Thatâs just the date that we landed on. We get the dates from FOX â we donât pick our own dates, we get the dates. They give us the dates they need us to go on, and itâs determined by what other programming they have or whatâs going on that night.
âThereâs nights where weâre going to fall on the same night as World Series of Fighting, too. And Iâve got no beef with those guys. I donât give a sât what night Bellator goes on.â
âThey make no difference to me whatsoever,â White said. âThe day I start worrying about what Bellator (is doing), or thinking, âWeâre going to go on the same night as Bellator âcause I want to crush themâ âŠ theyâre getting crushed already by themselves. They can go on their own fâing date anywhere and itâs not like me going on the same night is going to do any damage to Bellator that wasnât already done.
âI could give a sât where Bellator goes. What night, what day, whatever. Itâs not like Bellatorâs out there killing it and weâre going to going to go in and take some away. I mean, itâs 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. Thereâs tons of events and tons of MMA organizations. I could give a sât about them.â
White was asked about Bellator’s first PPV event. The event was said to have done well as far as PPV buys, some even said it reached 100,000 buys. White seems to think differently.
âYeah it shocks me, because no it didnât [do 100,000 buys],â White said. âDid [Rebney] ever find out what the gate was? No one ever got back to him on the gate? He didnât know what the gate was. If he didnât know what his gate was, but he did 100,000 pay-per-view buys âŠ the guy is a fâing clown. Could you imagine a night where you guys ask me, âHey, what was your gate tonight?â And I was like, âI donât know.â I wonât.
âYou donât want to give out your gate, and yeah, you donât want to give out a real pay-per-view number, either. Itâs like, thatâs why youâre asking me if I give a sât what theyâre doing like weâre trying to go the same night to destroy them. Iâm doing two events on the same time on opposite ends of the world. Like I really give a sât where they are or what theyâre doing. I knew the real number before they knew the real number. Thatâs their business. Itâs like their gate. Thatâs his business.â
When asked if he felt any need to try to one-up Bellator during their events on the same night, White had this to say.
â[I cared] back in the old days, back when there was a competitive landscape out there and there were things going on,â White said. âI honestly, I literally never think of Bellator, I donât give a sât what Bellatorâs doing or whatâs going on with them. Itâs not like Bellator is some organization you have to look out for. Letâs be honest here. Seriously look at the cards they put on and what theyâre doing.
âNobody is going out of their way and saying, âOh fâk, a big Bellator event is on tonight.â I literally never think about Bellator and I could care less what theyâre doing.â