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White: I'll Never Work With Showtime, I Despise Those F***ing Guys

UFC President Dana White has made one thing clear - he will never take part in another working relationship with Showtime.

White's company came together with Showtime last year, to promote the anticipated pay-per-view fight between former five division world champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor - which took place last August at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

According to a press release from Showtime in December, the pay-per-view generated generated 4.3 million buys in North America - officially making it the second largest pay-per-view event of all time behind Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which set the North American pay-per-view mark at 4.6 million buys in 2015.

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White - with the full backing of the UFC's parent company - is now planning to enter the boxing market and stage events in 2018.

The UFC executive is claiming that Showtime, for whatever reason, is underplaying the buy figures of the Mayweather-McGregor card.

The theory - from the White point of view - is Showtime is straying away from a scenario where a UFC fighter stepped in the ring for his first boxing match and that match broke boxing's biggest pay-per-view buyrate record.

Or maybe he believes they are undercutting the obligation of what needs to be paid to his side.

Showtime is owned by a publicly traded company, so that kind of allegation by White would mean there are federal crimes being committed - which is unlikely with the numerous regulators who audit the financial figures to ensure proper information for the stock owners.

He believes the fight certainly surpassed the Mayweather-Pacquiao buy figures - an event that saw the distribution handled by a rare partnership between Showtime and HBO.

"Think about this, and I don't give a sh*t about Showtime's f***ing, full of sh*t press release that they put out - it's the biggest fight ever, ever in combat sports history. The thing did over 6.7 million buys [worldwide] and if the service didn't drop, we would have gotten closer to 7 million. It was the biggest event ever. It was the biggest boxing event ever without a boxer, there was only one boxer in that fight," White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

Showtime's press release was specifically geared towards the buy figures in North America.

"Which I still question," said White.

"The way that they handled that press release and what they did - I didn't trust them before and now I just despise those f***ing guys. The Showtime guys, I will never work with them again - ever."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 01-07-2018

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;18389071]Just search in google “is PBC for sale?”. See what you find.[/QUOTE] Al Haymon never discusses his plans publicly. Al Haymon never speaks publicly. If UFC wanted to buy or rent Al's stable, Al would listen. He's a business man.…

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 01-07-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;18387365]Okay. Prove it.[/QUOTE] Just search in google “is PBC for sale?”. See what you find. Spoiler Alert 🚨 You’ll find absolutely nothing of validity cause it’s NOT FOR SALE! You completely lack common sense😂😂

Comment by iamboxing on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=TyrantT316;18382771]I find it hard to believe that Showtime would want to hold back numbers simply because they fear it makes Boxing look bad that the biggest Boxing event involved an MMA fighter who doesn't focus on Boxing. That's absurd to…

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;18387006]No but I can prove that Haymon’s stable isn’t for sale[/QUOTE] Okay. Prove it.

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 01-06-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;18386521]I don't have to prove a negative. You're claiming that Haymon can't bring his stable to Zuffa even if he wanted to. What evidence do you have? None. How could you possibly know one way or the other?…

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