White: Bellator doing one the scummiest, most despicable things in the biz
At the UFC 152 post fight news conference, UFC President Dana White discussed two of his least favorite things – Spike TV and Bellator, the former for allegedly spreading stories that TUF ratings are a disapointment, and the latter for releasing a fighter, and then holding him to a contract.
“You know why keeps leaking all this stuff out, and all this negativity is Spuke TV,” said White.
“These guys don’t have a f—— program on that show to save their life.”
“The worst channel in the history of the world, okay? Nothing they do on that channel works.
“Where as FX has such a powerful network, they want us on Fridays… TUF was the #1 for its time period for 18-34, passing all cable and broadcast channels.
“That’s a home run for FX. Is it a home run for us, because we are not doing the numbers I wish we could do on Tuesday or Wednesday? No. But it’s an absolute home run for FX.”
Later White was asked about Tyson Nam being held to a clause in his contract that gives Bellator matching rights on offers from other promotions 18 months after its expiration. Nam was released by Bellator, but then knocked out Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas in another promotion, and was suddenly a hot commodity, but is not free to sign where ever he wants.
“I don’t talk much about Bellator,” said White. “But what they do is one of the dirtiest things you can do in the business. It’s dirty, its grimy, and it’s just despicable.
“I have the right to match, but once I cut a guy and let him go and somebody else tries to sign him, I don’t come back say ‘Oh you’re breaking the contract, I have a contract.’
“When you make a decision to cut him, you cut him. That’s one of the dirtiest scummiest things you can do in the fight business.”