UFC owners would probably bristle at the suggestion they even occupy the same universe as their counterparts over at Bellator MMA.
Actually, the bristling is obvious pretty much every time the topic comes up.
“I don’t give a s--t what Bellator’s doing or what’s going on with them,” UFC President Dana White said five months ago—via MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn—as the two rivals prepared to put on competing shows at Connecticut casinos on Sept. 5. “It’s not like Bellator is some organization you have to look out for. Let’s be honest here.”
White’s demand for honesty is rational and well put. He’s right. So far, Bellator hasn’t been on the UFC’s level. Not close. Not yet.