Dana White Not Worried About Running Opposite Bellator MMA in September
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.12.2014
Bellator and UFC in the same area on the same night…
UFC President Dana White was recently asked about the upcoming UFC event, UFC Fight Night 50, that is scheduled on the same night as Bellator 123 for Bellator MMA. The events will be held 10 miles apart. UFC Fight Night 50 is beind held in Ledyard, and Bellator 123 is at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. Below are some highlights:
White on the UFC not looking at Bellator: "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. 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."
White on not being worried or concerned about Bellator: "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."
White on his belief that Bellator 120 did not draw over 100,000 buys: "Yeah it shocks me, because no it didn't [do 100,000 buys]. Did [Rebney] ever find out what the gate was? No one ever got back to him on the gate? He didn't know what the gate was. If he didn't know what his gate was, but he did 100,000 pay-per-view buys … the guy is a f—ing clown. Could you imagine a night where you guys ask me, ‘Hey, what was your gate tonight?' And I was like, ‘I don't know.' I won't. You don't want to give out your gate, and yeah, you don't want to give out a real pay-per-view number, either. It's like, that's why you're asking me if I give a s–t what they're doing like we're trying to go the same night to destroy them. I'm doing two events on the same time on opposite ends of the world. Like I really give a s–t where they are or what they're doing. I knew the real number before they knew the real number. That's their business. It's like their gate. That's his business."