UFC president Dana White and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney have publicly been at odds and taken shots at each other through the media, but people have often wondered if the UFC would eventual make a play to purchase Bellator as they continue to grow.
With their past purchases of top competitors like PRIDE, WEC and Strikeforce, it is a reasonable question, but don’t expect to see the move come to fruition anytime soon.
When asked if the UFC would ever consider purchasing Bellator, White scoffed at the idea.
“There’s nothing there,” said White, via MMAFighting. “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. Look at Pride’s library. Amazing library, with some of the most talented fighters of all times. When we bought WFA, 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.”
Bellator has recently been scooping up castaways from the UFC, but there is still plenty of talent and stars that have built in their own promotion.
Unfortunately, the stars have been held captive with the contracts from Bellator and when they look to leave for greener pastures in the UFC, Rebney has countered with a lawsuit — Eddie Alvarez is the perfect example.
It is sad to see some of the fighters being held back from a better opportunity, but that is the risk you run when your CEO buts heads with the UFC boss.