After a long and tenuous legal battle prevented Eddie Alvarez from joining the UFC's ranks, it wasn't altogether surprising to see UFC President Dana White revel in delight at Alvarez's electrifying, title-winning performance against Michael Chandler at Bellator 106.
White congratulated Alvarez via Twitter not long after the bout, issuing a jab of his own towards Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney in the process. Yet the event, which broadcast live Saturday night on Spike TV, garnered an average of 1.1 millions viewers, peaking out at 1.4 million, shattering Bellator's previous ratings record.
Bellator 106's ratings are, for all intents and purposes, a significant success. And following their release, Rebney, rather uncharacteristically, took to Twitter to respond to White's comment, as well as fire his own shot at UFC Fight Night 30, which drew just 122,000 viewers on Fox Sports 2.
@danawhite If Fight of the Year & 10 times better ratings than you did on your last televised show is Karma, bring me another plate.— Bjorn Rebney (@BjornRebney) November 5, 2013
As fate would have it, White was fielding questions from select media during a Tuesday conference call just as Rebney's tweet posted. And minutes later, the UFC President delivered his response.
"I have no comment on that. When I sent that karma text, everybody knows what I was talking about. He tried to f--k this kid, and then he loses. What was he shaking his head about if he was so f--king pumped about his evening?" White asked, his voice rising.
"If his evening was that wonderful and he was so pumped about it, why was he back there shaking his head and looked like he wanted to f--king kill himself?"