The PFL organization officially announced it’s merger with Bellator yesterday and it’s founder Donn Davis has since claimed that Dana White will be ‘worried’ about what he claims is now the ‘co-leader’ in MMA.
“Everybody knows Dana well enough that he only dismisses things that worry him, or else he just doesn’t comment,” Davis said on ‘The MMA Hour’ show. “He didn’t comment on the PFL for four years because he wasn’t worried. He has commented on the PFL a lot in the last six months. He’s worried.”
“What specifically worried him about Bellator is the metrics that we put on the press release,” Davis continued. “Thirty percent of that roster is ranked in the top 25 of Fight Matrix rankings. This is not ‘Dana gets to rank his own guys. Donn is rankings his own guys.’ As you know, there’s only one group ranking all fighters independently – Fight Matrix. Thirty percent of the UFC roster is top 25 ranked, and now our combined company of PFL and Bellator is 30 percent. The same.
“Now, to UFC’s credit, if you look at the top five in the world, they still own the top five one through five. So called pay-per-view cards, we couldn’t compete with them right now, which is why we’re only going to have two, and they have 12.
“But if you say I’m turning on TV on ESPN Saturday night, or I’m going to tune in Friday night to watch this Bellator International Series or PFL, our cards are going to be better.”