UFC President Dana White has commented on rivals Bellator MMA's recent PPV buy-rate.
Bellator put on their first PPV card headlined by former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson' and Muhammad 'King Mo' Lawal in May.
Bellator President Bjorn Rebney said that the fight card sold 100k PPV buys on their debut.
However White doesn't believe what has been announced by the opposing company. Talking to MMAFighting, he said:
"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."
If Bellator did sell 100k PPV's it is a fantastic effort, especially with it being their first. It is possible that they did. Fans, especially casual ones, love watching Jackson fight for his exciting style and the way he promotes fights. Nonetheless it would be a difficult task for the company as they are the inferior MMA brand.
The UFC and Bellator are set to go head-to-head for viewings on September 5th when the UFC visit Conneticut for the first time since 2005 for their card 'UFC on Fox Sports 1.' As for Bellator, they will air the opening rounds of their Season 11 tournaments. It will be intersting to see where MMA fans choose to focus their attention on.
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