Dana White is trying to build an empire. To this point, he has done a pretty fantastic job. White insists the UFC will eventually go mainstream, and the new deal he signed with Fox is a great starting point for making good on that guarantee. Not surprisingly, the UFC negotiated with a number of major networks before coming to an agreement with Fox. One of those networks was, of course, ESPN.
If you asked White you would swear ESPN had no intention of ever hooking up with the leader in mixed martial arts. In fact, White can’t stand ESPN and insists they never liked the UFC to begin with.
“@nickmontiel4ufc ESPN always hated us and they hate us more now that we are on FOX,” White wrote on Twitter. “They cancelled my int next week for UFC Rio (expletive) ESPN.”
On the contrary, MMA Payout Writer Jose Mendoza says that the UFC and ESPN came extremely close to a deal before Dana White settled on Fox.