UFC president Dana White dishes insults, takes aim at rival "Strike-farce"

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emfleek
8/7/09 8:24:52AM
PHILADELPHIA - It appears the friendly rivalry between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Strikeforce is no more.

Although Dana White previously had been complimentary of Strikeforce and its co-founder and president, Scott Coker, the UFC president today referred to the organization as "Strike-farce" and hinted that counter-programming and public criticism – often-used weapons with former rivals such as EliteXC and Affliction – could be on the way.

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shevtheman
8/7/09 9:16:34AM
Oh wow i did not expect this from Dana
Eitherway i think its the beginning of the end for Strikeforce unfortunately. I hate agreeing with Dana but he's right when he says their champions haven't defended their titles in ages, it makes a mockery out of their belts and in my eyes the belts are worthless especially Overeem and Cung's,
breakdown5
8/7/09 9:29:46AM
It was bound to happen. This is what happens when another org. falls into Dana's cross hairs. Its all about business.
loffspring
8/7/09 12:47:01PM
I like that Strikeforce is stepping up. Competition is good for the fighters and the sport I think but it's frustrating when top fighters can't face each other.
Giant_Ochai
8/7/09 2:46:56PM
Dana sure is upset that he did not sign a supposedly scared fighter.
moob
8/7/09 3:11:44PM
Dunno why Dana has to resort to talking like a school kid when he refers to his competitors - it's a bit embarrassing and sad tbh.

Not sure what folk is America think of his swearing either, over here in Scotland, it's like a sport, almost an art form really - we're famed for it - yet Dana could easily out-swear even the most drunken Glaswegian.
cmill21
8/7/09 3:22:02PM
This is why I hate Dana white.
Chuteboxer
8/7/09 3:29:19PM
Is anyone really surprised? Wherever Fedor's going in the future, whatever mma organization starts to look like they're gonna step up against the UFC...this is what's gonna happen.
jae_1833
8/7/09 4:02:20PM
Dana (like him or not) knows what he is talking about unfortunately. I like the talent Strikeforce has recently signed but if they don't start putting some good cards together and try to depend on just Fedor then they will most likely fall. Affliction is a perfect example. I think that Strikeforce would do good to keep signing good fighters (Robbie Lawler comes to mind) and produce a stacked card very soon. Preferably not on the same night as a UFC event. Besides competition is very healthy for all businesses, especially in sports.
Aether
8/7/09 5:19:58PM
Strikeforce is going to get crushed by the combination of Fedor's salary and the UFC's counter-programming and superior marketing power. Seems hard to believe they are going to turn a profit, especially if they try to put on PPVs.
EvenFlow
8/7/09 5:24:49PM

Posted by moob

Dunno why Dana has to resort to talking like a school kid when he refers to his competitors - it's a bit embarrassing and sad tbh.

Not sure what folk is America think of his swearing either, over here in Scotland, it's like a sport, almost an art form really - we're famed for it - yet Dana could easily out-swear even the most drunken Glaswegian.



At this point I am sick of Dana's mouth and his burning of bridges, period. I could care less about the swearing its a moot point. Dana is in a serious need of an attitude adjustment.
RearNakedJoke
8/7/09 5:50:06PM
strikeforce has put on some decent shows but i've been saying for awhile they need to start forcing their champions to defend belts or drop them. they are making a joke of themselves.

Dana should just step back and let them shoot themselves in the foot.
warglory
8/8/09 12:29:22AM

Posted by EvenFlow


Posted by moob

Dunno why Dana has to resort to talking like a school kid when he refers to his competitors - it's a bit embarrassing and sad tbh.

Not sure what folk is America think of his swearing either, over here in Scotland, it's like a sport, almost an art form really - we're famed for it - yet Dana could easily out-swear even the most drunken Glaswegian.



At this point I am sick of Dana's mouth and his burning of bridges, period. I could care less about the swearing its a moot point. Dana is in a serious need of an attitude adjustment.



What bridges has he burned? He talked loads of crap about Affliction but they are working together once again. It's all business with a lot of passion involved.
Schizoidman
8/8/09 5:23:10PM
I don't really think competition is all that great for sports. What major american sport has competing promotions and is successful? and don't say boxing. NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, MLB, none of these great sports organizations have a competing league or promotion. UFC is just trying to put their product on the same plain. Only when all the greatest fighters are under the same promotion will the sport be truly at its best. Even then, Fedor will probably choose to fight in some AAA level promotion. I think what Dana and the UFC are doing is much better for the sport.
cmill21
8/8/09 7:36:25PM

Posted by Schizoidman

I don't really think competition is all that great for sports. What major american sport has competing promotions and is successful? and don't say boxing. NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, MLB, none of these great sports organizations have a competing league or promotion. UFC is just trying to put their product on the same plain. Only when all the greatest fighters are under the same promotion will the sport be truly at its best. Even then, Fedor will probably choose to fight in some AAA level promotion. I think what Dana and the UFC are doing is much better for the sport.



Well if a player in the NFL doesn't like his teams contract offer he can go to a different team, what does an MMA fighter do when he doesn't like the UFC's? He's fudged, he has no leverage, the UFC can do whatever they want. You can think the UFC is doing the best thing for the sport, but they don't give a ****, they're doing whats best for Zuffa. The UFC doesn't want Fedor for anything as nobel as doing whats right for the fans, they want him so they can market him as the best ever and make money off him. They don't care about anything but money. They'll throw anyone away once they stop making them money.
EvenFlow
8/8/09 7:43:48PM

Posted by warglory


Posted by EvenFlow


Posted by moob

Dunno why Dana has to resort to talking like a school kid when he refers to his competitors - it's a bit embarrassing and sad tbh.

Not sure what folk is America think of his swearing either, over here in Scotland, it's like a sport, almost an art form really - we're famed for it - yet Dana could easily out-swear even the most drunken Glaswegian.



At this point I am sick of Dana's mouth and his burning of bridges, period. I could care less about the swearing its a moot point. Dana is in a serious need of an attitude adjustment.



What bridges has he burned? He talked loads of crap about Affliction but they are working together once again. It's all business with a lot of passion involved.



It's possible that Fedor might not want to be in the UFC with what has been said about him by dana over the past year or two. It's no secret a lot of people dont like dana for his mouth, but imo Fedor will eventually be in but you get my point.
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