Bellator made headlines recently with the news it’s entering the pay-per-view market, and although reaction to the card’s “Rampage”-Ortiz headliner was mixed, the promotion has added a couple more big name fights to the line-up. Not only is Eddie Alvarez set to make his return versus lightweight champion Michael Chandler, but Bellator has also confirmed that “King Mo” Lawal will rematch Emanuel Newton at the November 2nd card.
So, is UFC President Dana White worried about some of the moves Bellator’s been making as of late? Evidently not. While speaking after a pre UFC Fight Night 26 press conference, White was asked if his promotion intends to counter program Bellator’s first PPV, and the UFC boss man stated “nope.”
Then, while belittling the upcoming “Rampage”-Ortiz bout, White fired away at the promotion’s CEO Bjorn Rebney, who recently criticized the UFC for giving Chael Sonnen a title shot at 205 (White’s comments via MMA Fighting).
“Well you guys have lost your last 10 fights, who do you think this fight is going to go?'” the outspoken White said sarcastically. ‘Well I can tell you this, one of us is going to win. Someone’s 0 must go.'”
“My video blog does more f— viewers than their television show does,” White added. “I’m not feeling very competitive.”
“Those guys, I saw Bjork was talking some smack, I’m like, dude, just shut up and run your business,” he said. “That’s what you should have done when you started and you had some legs to stand on. They’re hurting.”
Whether they’re in fact “hurting’ or not, clearly Bellator’s on White’s radar. It’s going to be fascinating to see how the promotion’s ninth season does ratings wise.
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