August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; UFC president Dana White talks during the press conference following UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
"It's a very, very hypocritical statement. We had to go through the exact same process with Zuffa when we signed ‘King Mo.' Zuffa released ‘King Mo' Lawal on March 27, 2012. They went public with their release, they put it up on their own website, on UFC.com, Dana confirmed the release of 'King Mo' to the media on the exact same day, and then in April, when Bellator looked to sign 'King Mo,' we had to submit our full contract to Zuffa. We sent it certified mail to their attorneys. Then we had to wait 14 full business days, which is typically 20-to-21 days in total, for them to decide if they were going to match or not going to match -- which thankfully they didn't, and we ended up with one of the most exciting and entertaining light heavyweights in the world -- but, this is, to the letter, the exact same process. So it's one thing to call somebody out on doing something. But when you follow the exact same process, the veracity of the comments have to be taken in context with what the real world dictates."
-- When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White sees a threat to his empire, he attacks full force, doing anything and everything possible to eliminate the competition. For the most part, he has steered clear of Bellator FC and its company CEO, Bjorn Rebney. However, this past Saturday (Sept. 22, 2012), White had some choice words for the organization, labeling them ‘dirty,' ‘grimy' and ‘borderline criminal' for doing their hardest to prevent a couple of ‘free agents' from moving on with their mixed martial arts (MMA) careers. Specifically, Roger Hollett and Tyson Nam. Hollet, who eventually got past the legal issues with the two promotions, failed to impress in his UFC debut, losing to Matt Hamill at UFC 152. Not one to sit idle, Rebney, appeared on "The MMA Hour" to respond to White's comments, saying the UFC's head honcho is being "hypocritical" citing a previous similar dilemma Bellator went through in the signing process of Muhammed Lawal, who used to be a ZUFFA employee before signing with Bellator. Anyone agree with Rebney and see the irony in the situations?