(Video courtesy YouTube/JoeRogan.net)
In a segment he recorded with K-1 and HDNet commentator, Michael "The Voice" Schiavello for his podcast last week, UFC color analyst, Joe Rogan gave his thoughts on the UFC partnering with other organizations to bring fans the best fights possible.
From a business perspective, Rogan says he can’t see it happening, but from a fan perspective, he says he wishes his employer would just periodically forget about the competition and money for the sake of the sport.
"That’s a big problem to me that there’s all of these organizations. If there was just the UFC, Alistair would fight Brock. But Alistair would not have gotten to become Alistair if it wasn’t for fighting in all of these other organizations. There’s not enough fights in the UFC. There’s not enough shows. There’s only so many shows," Rogan explained. "We need other organizations. I just wish they could fucking figure out a way to work it out so they could get to fight each other. For one night. The problem is, it would have to be..The problem is the UFC is such a much bigger name and they’re worth so much more money and it would lend respectability to Strikeforce and like build up the enemy. You couldn’t really do it, unfortunately, business-wise, but FUUUCK!"
On a totally unrelated note, did anyone else notice Joe dance around Schiavello’s suggestion that they could commentate together if a co-promoted show happened?
When you think about it, this wouldn’t be the first time the UFC has allowed its fighters to compete in other organizations. Remember when UFC leant Chuck Liddell to PRIDE to prove which organization had the best fighters?
PRIDE was supposed to repay the favor by loaning the UFC Wanderlei Silva to fight Liddell (remember the "I want to fuck Chuck" Octagon staredown incident?) but Zuffa had to buy the promotion to make the fight happen.
Maybe that’s why Dana is reluctant to make any compromises to make the best fights possible.