White dismisses PFL-Bellator merger again, shitty organization
In a recent revelation, UFC CEO Dana White expressed his unconcerned attitude towards the merger of PFL and Bellator, two rival MMA promotions. Speaking at the UFC on ESPN 52 post-fight news conference, White ridiculed the move, calling it a humorous attempt to challenge the UFC’s dominance in the industry.
Despite PFL’s acquisition of Bellator and their announcement of being a co-leader in the MMA space, White remains confident in UFC’s superiority. “One shitty organization buys another shitty organization,” he stated, undermining their combined strength and influence.
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The merger, announced after Bellator 301 in Chicago, allows Bellator fighters to compete in PFL events and vice versa, ostensibly strengthening their roster. However, White’s comments suggest he sees little threat to the UFC’s market position. PFL founder Donn Davis’s confidence in competing with UFC has been met with skepticism from White, who cited UFC’s record-breaking events and superior performance.
UFC’s recent event in Austin, Texas, broke records for the highest gate at a US-based Fight Night, with White highlighting the evening’s exceptional performances and the issuance of eight bonuses. The event featured impressive first-round finishes in both the co-main and main events, further solidifying UFC’s prowess.
The conversation also touched on potential future matches, including a possible bout between Arman Tsaurkyan and lightweight champion Islam Makhachev. White acknowledged such a matchup would be significant, especially if held in Abu Dhabi.
Despite the PFL’s optimistic view of the merger and its renewed deal with ESPN, the UFC’s broadcast partner, White’s comments paint a picture of an organization unfazed and unthreatened. The UFC’s anticipated negotiations for a new multi-billion dollar broadcast deal in 2024 could further widen the gap between it and other MMA promotions, reinforcing its position as the leading force in the industry.
“UFC’s Reign Unchallenged: PFL-Bellator Merger No Match for Dana White’s Empire?”