UFC's Dana White disputes Bellator's claim of 100K PPV buys

The UFC president shared his doubts about Bellator's PPV buy claims with the assembled MMA media at yesterday's UFC 174 pre-fight scrum.

"It shocks me, because no (Bellator) didn't (do 100,000 pay per view buys). Did [Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney] ever find out what the gate was? No, nobody ever got back on the gate?

"He doesn't know what his gate was but he did 100,000 pay-per-view buys? The guy is a f--king clown, okay. Can you imagine having a night where you guys ask me, ‘hey, what'd you do for a gate tonight?' and I was like, ‘I don't know.' When will you know? ‘I won't.' It's like, yeah you don't want to give out your gate, and yeah you probably don't want to give out a real pay-per-view number either. That's why you guys are asking me if I give a s--t about what they're doing and if we're trying to go the same night to destroy them. I'm doing two events the same night sometimes on opposite ends of the world. Like I really give a s--t where they are and what they're doing.

"I do (know the real Bellator PPV number). I knew the real number before they knew the real number.

"That's their business. Like his gate.

"If you guys really think that we look at Bellator and give a s--t what night they're going on and what they're doing, we don't," White said. "That's 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 that they need us to go on, and it's determined by what other programming they have and what's going on that night. There's nights that 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. They make no difference to me whatsoever.

"They're getting crushed already by themselves. They can go on their own f--king date anywhere. It's not like me going on the same night is going to do any more damage to Bellator then they'll already do to themselves.

"Back in the old days, that would've (happened), back when it was a competitive landscape out there and there was things going on.

"I honestly, I literally never think of Bellator. I don't give a s--t what Bellator is doing or what's going on with them. It's not like Bellator is some organization you have to look out for. I mean, let's be honest here. Seriously, look at the cards they put on and what they're doing. The difference is that they're Viacom. They're on a channel right in the middle of everything where you land on there and you watch. Nobody's going out of their way, ‘oh, f--king big Bellator event is on tonight.'"

Transcription via MMA Fighting

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