Following UFC on FOX 6′s post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White spoke about former Bellator Lightweight Champion, Eddie Alvarez’s sticky contract situation to assembled media. Prior to UFC on FOX 6, Alvarez’s injunction to pursue a future with a UFC and be released from his Bellator contract was denied by a judge. White made the following comments regarding the situation.
“This isn’t one of those situations where you’re talking about, ‘Poor little Bellator.’ Viacom owns Bellator. They’re the owners of Bellator. They pull the triggers. They make the money. They have the money, they decide what’s going on over there.”
“First of the all anybody with half a brain, the judge must not have done his homework for sure, if he’s agreeing that Spike TV and FOX are the same platforms. They’re so f—ing far apart, it’s not even funny. They’re two different f—ing universes, number one. And, there’s nothing wrong with Bellator getting Eddie Alvarez, pay him the money he would have made over here.”
“Pay him the money. There’s nothing wrong with it. There’s nothing wrong with it. Listen they can have Eddie Alvarez, that’s great. They’re under contract, if the judge says whatever, just pay him the money the kid would have made,” White continued. “Eddie Alvarez can stay there, but pay him the money he would have made in the UFC.
“For them to say that any two pay-per-views, and again I don’t want to bad mouth TNA because the woman that owns them, Dixie [Carter], is an awesome lady. I like her and respect her very much. But they couldn’t do anything on pay-per-view coming off Spike. I saw in their argument where they said, ‘Oh, Spike launches pay-per-views.’ No, actually they don’t. That’s not true. We did. What they’re doing is, they’re saying – not as much Spike as Viacom – has been saying, ‘We built the UFC.’ No you f–king did not. No you did not, you arrogant, pompous jack**s. You did not build the UFC. We’ll see if you did.”
“It’s ridiculous. I don’t know how a court or a judge couldn’t see that. And even if they said, ‘You know what, let’s really dive into this thing. Let’s see what the lowest pay-per-view the UFC has ever done. Let’s see if we can find out what a low number is, what a high number is, and let’s see if we can find a right number that Eddie Alvarez should be paid.’ There’s got to be some middle ground there. Say, okay, depending on what pay-per-view he would have been on, this is maybe what he should have been paid. Find a middle ground, and pay the kid what he should’ve been paid. There’s nothing wrong with this whole situation as long as Eddie Alvarez gets paid.
“When you talk about Pat English…and [Bjorn Rebney], these are boxing guys, man. This is what boxing guys do. They sue everybody. They’re always in court, every 15 minutes. So this is something, this Eddie Alvarez situation, if you look at the 13-year history of the UFC, and our relationship with fighters, and what we’ve done, there’s always going to be a situation where guys need more money. Everybody wants to make more money. You guys want to make more money. Everybody needs to make more money. That’s never going to change. That’s in all of sports, okay? But you better think long and hard if you’re a manager or a fighter and you’re about to do a deal with Bellator. Think long and hard about how you negotiate that contract.”