UFC's Dana White mocks Viacom's plans for a Bellator pay-per-view featuring Roy Jones, Jr.

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

The UFC president didn't pull any punches when asked about his thoughts on Viacom's plans for a pay-per-view featuring Rampage Jackson boxing Roy Jones, Jr.

UFC president Dana White responded to questions about Bellator's plans for a pay-per-view featuring a boxing match between Roy Jones, Jr. and Quinton Jackson at Saturday night's UFC on Fox 8 post-fight media scrum. Here's what he had to say (transcribed by MMA Fighting):

"They have no f--- clue what they're doing. When they're in this business, right, and things are going well, you start grabbing for anything. You have a bunch of guys who don't know anything about fighting at the network. Networks acquire content. They don't become promoters.

"Nobody wants to watch them on free TV," White said. "They're pulling terrible ratings. If they want to get into the pay-per-view business, get ready to lose some money boys. Real money.

"If they want to get Roy Jones, it's going to cost them a ton of money," White said. "And maybe they get it, but at the end of the day, how many buys do you think that fight does? I don't know what kind of deal they're going to come up with with the cable systems, but, they're grabbing for whatever they can get, you know what I mean? I hate to smash these guys because I still like some of the people over there. And there's some of the people I don't like.

"The big problem I have is, they're just copying," White continued. "There's no, they don't have anything original over there. Their reality show is a ripoff of The Voice and The Ultimate Fighter. It's, I can't believe The Voice hasn't sued them yet. They're just reaching, they're grabbing."

White should be very aware of Roy Jones, Jr.'s asking price since he's recently been in discussions with the aging boxer about a possible UFC-promoted boxing match against Anderson Silva.


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