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Either Dana White made it his New Year’s resolution this year to not attack rival promotions or he saw the figures from Saturday night’s Strikeforce event — either way, he actually compliments Scott Coker and co. and their planned heavyweight grand prix in this interview with Fighters.com.
The UFC president has remained conspicuously silent on the subject and it was somewhat surprising that neither Kevin Iole or Ariel Helwani were the first to report The Baldfather’s feelings about Strikeforce’s eight-man tournament.
Here’s what he had to say:
"No, [I do] not [feel that the grand prix is competition for the UFC] at all. You know how I feel about Strikeforce and the smaller leagues. Listen, putting on a heavyweight tournament that’s going to draw some interest for those guys and then they end up with someone at the end who is perceived as one of the top guys – I love that shit… love it. I honestly havent thought about it all, but good for them."
Maybe there’s some truth to the rumor that the UFC is in talks to acquire FEG. If so, DW may just be biding his time before he lets Strikeforce know that he punked them out of their proposed role in the DREAM lightweight grand prix — either that or we may finally get to see a Strikeforce vs. UFC tournament. OK, it’s a stretch, but we can dream, can’t we?