Although Bellator doesn’t nearly have the fanbase that the UFC does, most people would likely agree that the promotion has come a long ways since 2009 when it debuted. Not only has Bellator held an incredible 101 events since then and counting, but now it’s owned by Viacom, broadcast on SPIKE, and has plenty of highly regarded fighters. Just recently Bellator signed a multi-year broadcast deal with FOX Sports Latin America.
Anyone that’s followed the sport for a while knows that the UFC has purchased some of its competitors in the past, including of course PRIDE and most recently Strikeforce. When Dana White was recently asked in Rio de Janeiro if the promotion might considering purchasing Bellator, however, the UFC President stated (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“There’s nothing there,” White argued. “If you look at any other company we ended up buying in the past, there was value. There’s no value to that company whatsoever.”
“If you look at Pride, look at all the contracts we got from Pride, all the guys that came over,” White said. “Look at Pride’s library. Amazing library, with some of the most talented fighters of all times. When we bought (World Fighting Alliance), we bought it because Rampage had a contract with them. When we bought Strikeforce, we bought their library. Just the fights we had with Nick Diaz alone were worth buying that company.”
Whether you agree with White’s comments or not, it certainly seems like he’s being asked more questions about Bellator than ever before.
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