Dana White talks Bellator contracts and their ‘dirty, scumbag moves’.
At UFC 152′s post-fight media scrum UFC President Dana White was asked about UFC’s policy on matching the offer of another promotion on a fighter they have cut (alluding to the Bellator/Tyson Nam situation). Here are some highlights:
When asked if UFC has a matching policy in their contract:
“Listen. I don’t talk much about Bellator, but what they do is one of the dirtiest things you can do in the business. It’s dirty, it’s grimy and it’s just despicable,” White said. “Of course, I have the right to match. But once I cut a guy, and let him go, and somebody else tries to sign him, I don’t come back and say I have matching, you know what I mean. When you made the decision to cut him, you cut him. That’s one of the dirtiest, scummiest things you can do in the fight business.”
On if he wants to bring Nam into the UFC:
“It’s not one of those things. That guys not going to make or breaks the UFC. The problem is the dirty, scumbag moves these guys are pulling hurts the fighter. It’s just one of the dirtiest, lowdown, despicable things you can do in the fight business.”
On if he expects the same kind of issue when he attempts to bring Eddie Alvarez [whose contract ends this year] into the UFC:
“I guess that’s the way those guys do business. We don’t do business like that. I have no beef with those guys. They’re doing their own thing. I could care less. That’s dirty. That’s dirty and it’s borderline criminal.”