Dana White on Spike: We're going to battle now, I guess

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

"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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duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

11/11/11 7:02 AM by duckhuntgangsta

I don't understand your point. Dana didn't screw over Spike nor has he disrespected them. Hea really just starting facts.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

11/11/11 7:01 AM by duckhuntgangsta

I'm going to drop cable. All I watch is Spike and HBO. I can get HBO on-line.

jimbobyeaboy site profile image  

11/11/11 2:34 AM by jimbobyeaboy

Spike does seem bitter but it's hypocritical of Dana to act like he hasn't done the same thing a thousand times before.

RedVexx site profile image  

11/11/11 12:54 AM by RedVexx

So you use an antenna? Or do you pull the local channels in HD?

BigSleep site profile image  

11/11/11 12:49 AM by BigSleep

Haha, someone is either stupid or didn't read the article.

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11/10/11 11:56 PM by MMALOGIC

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Jiu Jitsu Panda site profile image  

11/10/11 11:35 PM by Jiu Jitsu Panda

I havent had cable for close to 8 years. I have Fox but no Spike TV. I have to watch TUF on interweb the next day. So there are plenty of us out there that don't get spike. Cable aint worth it. I have 2 kids active in sports and I would rather be training then watching TV

smoogy site profile image  

11/10/11 10:44 PM by smoogy

Dana is absolutely right that they are bitter. If you look at how Spike handled the defection of WWE back to the USA network (and the subsequent adoption of UFC programming), their behavior has been nearly identical.The good news for MMA fans? The bitter assholes at Spike are now going to put a disproportionate amount of resources into competing with the UFC, which will push Zuffa even harder. The era of MMA every weekend continues (for better or worse), Bellator gets bigger, and UFC (hopefully) gets smarter about how they treat the fans and their peers in the MMA business

RedVexx site profile image  

11/10/11 10:40 PM by RedVexx

Is there really that many homes that have FOX and not Spike? I know none.

Stu Cazzo site profile image  

11/10/11 10:16 PM by Stu Cazzo

He's getting counter programed with his own product... That's success no matter how you slice it -