"You'll never hear me say anything bad about Spike or about the guys over there," UFC president Dana White said following today's UFC on FOX press conference in Los Angeles. "They're getting into this business, and they're going to be competitors and everything else. But without Spike, I wouldn't be sitting on this stage right now and having this conversation.
"We're going to battle now, I guess, and I look forward to it. I'm up for the challenge."
"My thing with Spike is I had a great relationship with those guys. If you talk to those guys and ask them what kind of a person I've been over the last six years with them, I've been a f------ soldier for those guys. I've worked hard, and I've done everything I can to promote them and the UFC."
"The guys at Spike that run Spike TV, they didn't make this decision for the UFC not to be there. That decision was made up higher. You think those guys don't want to be in the UFC business? Absolutely, they do. But the way that they're acting and the way that they're handling it, they're acting bitter – like they're upset and they're whatever. They made the decision. We didn't make that decision. But it is what it is."
"I'm doing my thing," White told MMAjunkie.com. "You won't hear me saying anything about them. I'm not saying anything bad about Spike. The guys at Spike didn't make this decision. One of the geniuses further up let the biggest sports franchise in the last 50 years go. And now they're bitter at me about it? I didn't make that decision. They did.
"I think the reality is they never saw this FOX thing coming. They didn't expect that. But I've got nothing bad to say about either [Bellator or Spike TV]."
"This is all I do. live, I sleep, I eat, I breathe this stuff. This is all I do.
"There isn't anybody out there on that side that's going to work harder than I am or really knows the direction to go in that I do. It's two totally different worlds."
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