What Does Dana White Think About Bellator?
UFC President Dana White isn’t sold on proposed “superfights” with Bellator.
When it comes to the top promotions in America for MMA, many would argue that the UFC and Bellator are in the lead. While there are those that say Bellator is right behind the UFC, others feel fighters under the Bellator banner are just as good as those within the UFC. White doesn’t share the viewpoint of the latter.
Recently, Bellator President Scott Coker got the MMA world buzzing when he expressed his belief that Bellator’s light heavyweight division is stronger than the UFC’s. This came after UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones expressed a desire to move to heavyweight. White was quick to dismiss this stance and didn’t like the idea of any “superfight” with the UFC’s competition (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“Everybody they have in their light heavyweight division, we let go of,” White said. “He’s got the best light heavyweight division? We let those guys all go. It’s like the f***ing dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
“But I get it. He’s gotta try to f***ing do his thing. I’m not sh*tting on him. He’s gotta try to do his thing. He’s got to try and sell fights. The way you don’t sell fights is, ‘Oh, I’ve got the best light heavyweight division in the world.’ Everybody that was there was let go from here. That’s a pretty silly statement.”
The talk of “superfights” gained steam following a post from making rounds on social media. Fight fans were asked to choose their winners for a number of fantasy matchups. Some of those fights included Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Alexander Volkanovski and Kamaru Usman vs. Douglas Lima.
While White isn’t on board with the idea, Coker has been open to such matchups in the past.
In light of recent discussion around which promotion's light heavyweight champ reigns supreme…
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