UFC president Dana White commented on the ongoing legal battle between Eddie Alvarez and Bellator following Alvarez' loss at the first hearing in the case.
Former Bellator Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez lost his attempt to get an emergency injunction that would have allowed him to fight at UFC 159 while his ongoing suit with Bellator worked toward a resolution.
UFC president Dana White commented on the case at Saturday's post-fight presser media scrum. Here's what he had to say (transcribed by MMA Fighting):
"The judge must not have done his homework if he's agreeing that Spike TV and FOX are the same platforms," exclaimed White. "They're so f--king far apart, it's not even funny. It's two different f--king universes.
"I saw in their argument where they said, ‘Oh, Spike launches pay-per-views.' No, actually they don't. That's not true. We did. What they're doing is, they're saying -- not as much Spike, as Viacom -- has been saying, ‘We built the UFC.' No you f--king did not. No you did not, you arrogant, pompous jackass. You did not build the UFC. We'll see if you did.
"It's ridiculous," White fumed. "I don't know how a court or a judge couldn't see that. And even if they said, ‘You know what, let's really dive into this thing. Let's see what the lowest pay-per-view is the UFC has ever done. Let's see if we can find out what a low number is, what a high number is, and let's see if we can find a right number that Eddie Alvarez should be paid.' There's got to be some middle ground there. Say, okay, depending on what pay-per-view he would have been on, this is maybe what he should have been paid. Find a middle ground, and pay the kid what he should've been paid. There's nothing wrong with this whole situation as long as Eddie Alvarez gets paid.
"This isn't one of those situations where you're talking about, ‘Poor little Bellator.' Viacom owns Bellator. They're the owners of Bellator. They pull the triggers. They make the money. They have the money, they decide what's going on over there.
"These are boxing guys, man," an exasperated White finished. "This is what boxing guys do. They sue everybody. They're always in court, every 15 minutes. So this is something, this Eddie Alvarez situation, if you look at the 13-year history of the UFC, and our relationship with fighters, and what we've done, there's always going to be a situation where guys need more money. Everybody wants to make more money. You guys want to make more money. Everybody needs to make more money. That's never going to change. That's in all of sports, okay?
"But you better think long and hard if you're a manager or a fighter and you're about to do a deal with Bellator. Think long and hard about how you negotiate that contract."