One of the ways the UFC has expanded their roster and fight library have been with strategic acquisitions. The UFC first expanded their roster when they bought Pride, and then it snowballed into buying the WEC and eventually picking up Strikeforce. There is only one other company at the top of the MMA leader board right now, but could the UFC one day purchase Bellator? According to UFC President Dana White, the UFC has no interest in buying the Viacom controlled promotion as there is no meat on the bone.
White told the Media in Rio:
“There’s nothing there. If you look at any other company we ended up buying in the past, there was value. There’s no value to that company whatsoever.”
“If you look at Pride, look at all the contracts we got from Pride, all the guys that came over. Look at Pride’s library. Amazing library, with some of the most talented fighters of all times. When we bought (World Fighting Alliance), we bought it because Rampage had a contract with them. When we bought Strikeforce, we bought their library. Just the fights we had with Nick Diaz alone were worth buying that company.”
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