(Video courtesy of YouTube/FightHubTV)
It’s official. The world must be ending soon. How else can you explain the fact that we actually agree with something Gary Shaw said regarding MMA?
In this interview Shaw did with FightHubTV.com about Zuffa’s purchase of Strikeforce, Shaw detailed who the winners and losers are in the deal and his viewpoints were all valid ones.
“Great for the UFC [and the] Fertittas. Brilliant, brilliant move. For the fighters, terrible move because they don’t really have another place to go and bargain. So, if you ask me as a businessman, I think it’s brilliant on the part of the UFC, Shaw said. “I’m not even sure that when Strikeforce’s contract is up with Showtime, that they just don’t fold [the promotion] into the UFC at that point and just make it a pay-per-view. For the fans it’s bad, for the fighters it’s bad and for the UFC it’s terrific.”
When pressed about how having the best fighters finally square off against each other if and when Strikeforce eventually folds into the UFC could ever be a negative thing for fans, Shaw pointed out that it could mean that free MMA on TV is a thing of the past.
“Because any time that you force fans to pay [for a] pay-per-view for every single card that you put on, then you’re screwing the fans. Not every card is a pay-per-view value. Some are just general good TV value and then the special ones are pay-per-view value, so I feel the fans get screwed,” Shaw explained. “I think they’ll absorb [Strikeforce] right into the UFC as soon as the contract’s up with Showtime. I’ll be surprised if the UFC changes their model and gives away fights for free. I don’t see it.”
Longtime boxing promoter and MMA hater Bob Arum checked in long enough to give Zuffa props for the acquisition and to question whether or not any laws were broken by the purchase.
“I don’t know what the laws are, but it seems that there’s an anti-trust problem somewhere, but all credit to the UFC for buying out Strikeforce, Arum said. “That’s a great way to make your competition disappear.”
If only they could do something similar with Bob Reilly and this old coot.