(Video courtesy Fight!Magazine)
If a reporter were to ask Dana White who he was picking to win from an upcoming Strikeforce card, the UFC president would likely answer with something to the effect of, "Are you retarded? I don’t fucking watch Strikeforce. That show is garbage," before walking away in disgust.
It’s sad when pride and despising the competition gets in the way of being a fan of decent match-ups and it becomes the norm for reporters to pretend that other competing organizations don’t exist when talking to promoters.
Fight! Magazine’s Danny Acosta defied convention at the release party for the EA Sports MMA game this week and asked Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, commentator Frank Shamrock and fighters Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko for their picks for UFC 121 on Saturday night.
Shamrock came off like his usual arrogant self, proclaiming that he won’t watch Jake Shields‘ UFC debut and that he hopes Kampmann kills him, but the rest of the Strikeforce crew give thoughtful insight into which fighters and why they will win the main and co-main events of the card.
Somehow I doubt that Dana doesn’t watch any shows produced by the competition. That’s like working for Coke and saying you’ll never try Pepsi because it sucks. You have to see what the competition is doing, no matter how much more poorly they’re doing it.
Points to Fedor for the bit of intentional comedy at the end of the video when asked to pick a winner between Cain and Brock.