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Gary Shaw Calls Zuffa’s Purchase of Strikeforce Good For UFC, Bad for Fighters and Fans


(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.

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ArmFarmer- June 8, 2011 at 6:39 am
Not hating on CP for posting the article, just Shaw for thinking he has any relevance to mma, or that anyone should care about his opinion on mma "business" after his failed so miserably and for such obvious and facepalm inducing reasons.
ArmFarmer- June 8, 2011 at 5:47 am
Why should anyone give a fuck what Gary Shaw thinks? You might as well make the next article "Armfarmer says UFC buyout of Strikeforce is kickass!" Then you can follow that up with $kala's opinion, or whatever the fuck that dumbass calls himself.
dranokills- June 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm
what an awesome grouping of the most non MMA intelligent bleeding cunt UFC haters I have ever witnessed.
So the value of those douchebags opinion is jack...and shit.
The_Dead_Cow- June 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Yay, welcome to last month's news
saltyweasel- June 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm
That second guy is not Bob Arum. He's Al Rosen a boxing commentator. Bob Arum is a boxing promoter. Just for the record.
Shaky- June 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm
The PPVs are going to get stronger and as they have stated in the past, they plan to put on more free tv stuff as PPVs are at the maximum capacity for supply.
Plus the UFC puts fights for free on facebook! How many free Strikeforce cards did we get in the past? 2 on CBS? Wastegash, bruv
MrMcmachoman- June 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm
I have to agree. It's a pretty shitty situation. Its just like, people need and alternative to Coke, we need a Pepsi, we need a Burger King. Not saying that there isn't other decent MMA orgs, but none near the level of UFC. Its very depressing and dissapointing as a fan, I imagine ever more so for fighters.
Spicymeatball- June 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm
Pot calling the kettle black. I see what he's saying but when's the last time a good boxing fight was on free tv? Never, instead boxing fans are forced to pay 60 bucks to watch one fight (which is normally just Mayweather and Pac-Man beating up the same over-matched opponents.) UFC regularly puts on great fights for free. I agree however UFC runs into problems with too many PPV's and sometimes we get UFC 119's which are just awful.
hooligun- June 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm
you can't force anyone to buy PPVs and MMA fans are well capable of picking and choosing. this guy is a failed MMA promoter ergo who gives a fuck what he thinks?

as for boxing? do we really have to go there? politics, 500 titles etc. what a shitfarm.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- June 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Who the fuck is Gary Shaw?
rogerw- June 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Not one of the men interviewed here really answered the point of the questions the interviewer was asking, which I think was a very good question - how exactly *is* boxing that different? Why can't they make these fights happen in boxing?
Get Off Me- June 7, 2011 at 11:50 am
Yeah I guess Gary doesn't get Spike at home.
Groundbreaking thoughts on UFC absorbing strikeforce's roster as well once the Showtime deal has expired.
I think more and more that Lorenzo is simply negotiating with Showtime as a formality since Diaz has been re-signed and will fight in the UFC now....writing is on the wall pretty much.
Sloppyspray- June 7, 2011 at 11:48 am
coot as in cooter?... cooter as in vagina? vagina as in cunt? cunt as in cunty??? WOW cagepotato, letting me down. :D just fuckin witcha
nickyroose- June 7, 2011 at 11:46 am
Is showtime free where these people live?
Fried Taco- June 7, 2011 at 11:40 am
Because the UFC never shows fights for free.
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