Dana White, the CEO of the UFC, had some strong opinions about Showtime’s production during a recent boxing event featuring Canelo Alvarez. While discussing the ongoing rumors about Bellator’s potential sale, White directed his criticism toward Showtime, which is Bellator’s broadcast partner.
White expressed his frustration with Showtime’s production quality, particularly during the Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo fight. He mentioned that Showtime tried to improve its production but didn’t succeed in his view, describing it as “terrible” and “embarrassing.”
He also questioned why both Bellator and Showtime might be facing issues if they are owned by Viacom, a company with significant financial resources. White’s comments about Showtime’s production quality are not surprising, as he has previously clashed with Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza.
While White’s comments about Showtime were critical, he surprisingly had some positive remarks about Bellator, which is unusual given the fierce rivalry between the UFC and Bellator. White suggested that the rumors about Bellator’s potential struggles might be linked to Showtime’s issues.