UFC president Dana White is never short on opinions, but he's been pretty complimentary of Bellator in the past. He's had his moments (like the Eddie Alvarez saga) where he's gone off on them but for Dana, it hasn't been too out of hand. Lately though, especially since Viacom moved Bellator over the UFC's former home at Spike TV, he's been turning up the heat on them. And he continued that in a conversation with MMA Junkie recently, saying that they'll never be as good as them:
"They're never going to be as good as us. This is what we do 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Christmas. Easter. Let Christmas time come. Viacom shuts down from Dec. 3 to after the new year and then all the big holidays in between. Christmas? I'm on the f**king phone on Christmas. Easter? I'm on the phone. Thanksgiving? I'm on the phone. Bad sh*t happens in our business every day, and if something real bad happens, I'm on a f**king plane on Christmas Day flying to fix it. That's the difference between us and everybody else.
"Nobody's ever going to outwork us or outhustle us. That's just never going to happen. It's impossible."
"We're the original.We invested in this thing and believed in it when nobody else did. Viacom MMA, they're just a 'me, too.' They didn't believe in this thing when we pitched them 'The Ultimate Fighter.' They didn't believe in it so much that we had to invest $10 million into that show, and then they liked it a lot better after that happened. But they never got it, and they never will."
I do find it funny that he just refers to Bellator as "Viacom MMA". I also find it funny how Dana changes tacks when a former friend becomes an enemy, or at least a competitor. That's the nature of the business though, I suppose.