The UFC has long been the premier MMA promotion in the world, conquering any competitors in the way of that status. Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC has long been known to buy up the competition or simply let them fade away when it seems as though a competitor might break through that glass ceiling and challenge the UFC’s claim to the throne.
Their latest competitor, Bellator MMA, has long been at odds with the UFC over a myriad of issues as they stand as the number 2 promotion in North America.
UFC president Dana White seems none too worried about all of this claiming that there are no plans to buy the ‘valueless’ company:
“There’s nothing there,” White told MMAFighting. “If you look at any other company we ended up buying in the past, there was value. There’s no value to that company whatsoever.”
White also compared a hypothetical acquisition of Bellator to that of previous buyouts of Pride FC and the WFA citing specific reasons to bring these companies in and promote their former fighters under the Zuffa banner:
“If you look at Pride, look at all the contracts we got from Pride, all the guys that came over. Look at Pride’s library. Amazing library, with some of the most talented fighters of all times. When we bought WFA, we bought it because Rampage had a contract with them. When we bought Strikeforce, we bought their library. Just the fights we had with Nick Diaz alone were worth buying that company.”
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