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No More Mr. Nice Guy: Dana White Predicts the Demise of ‘Strikefarce’


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Scott Coker may not have asked for a war, but he’s getting one anyway. After a UFC 101 press conference yesterday, Dana White vented about Strikeforce’s recent signing of Fedor Emelianenko, telling reporters "They shoulda stayed the way they were. We’ll see what happens. You wanna fight me, we’re gonna fight. You know how that goes. And we know how it ends."

The counter-programming of Strikeforce begins on August 15th, as Spike will air their entire 100 Greatest Fights special to draw eyes away from "Carano vs. Cyborg."

Other highlights from Dana’s informal rant session…


On Fedor’s competitive prospects: "Who the fuck is he gonna fight? He’s gonna fight nobodies. The best fighters in the world fight the best three times a year…this guy hasn’t done that in years."

On Strikeforce: "[Fedor will] put ‘em out of business. They have no money. These guys have no money and they have no distribution. Four fuckin’ people watch Showtime. Their last fight they put on, you know how many people watched that fight? 245,000 people watched that fight…Cung Le hasn’t defended his title since like 1997, Josh Thomson hasn’t defended his title in something like two years…[Alistair Overeem] hasn’t defended his title in two years. Strikefarce. It’s a joke. It’s a tiny little regional show with nobody in it. It makes no sense."

On the UFC’s offer to Fedor: "I guarantee you, the deal that he got at Strikeforce isn’t even in the fuckin’ universe of what [we offered him]. The deal he got at Strikeforce probably isn’t even the deal that he had at Affliction. They have no money…People don’t know shit [about the UFC's negotiations with Fedor]. But he got offered a lot of money."

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UFC fan- August 8, 2009 at 8:28 am
Bleve, dont worry about kadumbass he is just a sad tweener child who doesnt have a clue what he wants to be in life so he has decided on a part time job in being a complete "ASSHOLE". He thinks because we are older that we somehow don't know anything when in fact WE have forgotten more than this little douchebag will learn in his life.
His friends like 831 son are even worse than that, so don't take it personal, just keep on saying what you want and let young dumbass's or in his case KAdumbass rattle their heads, they have nothing better to do.
As for opinions, as long as we are older then by GOD we are right and the younger guys are fucking wrong...live with it you young fucks, ha!
VegasDirt- August 7, 2009 at 3:50 pm
Because the UFC is all that matters Bleve. :)
bleve- August 7, 2009 at 3:21 pm
@kadumel

I meant old as in 34, you're not far behind me champ. Guess we both like hanging with the kids eh?

I don't have a problem with everyone who has a differing opinion, my problem began with the overwhelmingly gracious coverage of everything ufc on this blog, which I was a regular on before it was like that.

I can be an asshole, lonely and pretentious is probably a stretch. Continue your sleuthing, even on this thread, and you'll find others who are saying the same things.

Kadumel- August 7, 2009 at 2:24 pm
@bleve

You claim to be old yet get on here arguing and name calling with a bunch of teenagers. So your right I am a slueth and your a old, lonely pretentious asshole who has a problem with the UFC and anyone who has a differing opinion on the subject. And for the record I am twenty eight.
Dante- August 7, 2009 at 1:55 pm
Cock Lesnar, don't be stealing my material. dick.
bleve- August 7, 2009 at 1:55 pm
Yes, I am a fan of Fedor, you caught me you sleuth. I'm old, so maybe I'm a fanman.
Kadumel- August 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm
bleve=Fedor Fanboy.

I love how half of you morons cant even debate a point or have an argument without calling names (Godsloneranger) it really just shows your IQ and knowledge of MMA.

@JoeDirt

How will Strikeforce being successful force better pay for the fighter? What because they will have another option? They already do and no one is getting paid better than UFC Fighters! Top guys in either Org are getting paid great while the lesser known fighters will be paid less until they win fights and get a few fans. Its simple business economics. And why is everyone so worried what fighters get paid? If they sign on the dotted isnt it their problems not some whiny ass fanboy?
ArmFarmer- August 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm
Fedor is pathetic because he can't do anything for himself without m1 holding his godamn hand, that's why I hate him. M1 is fucking worthless they bring nothing to the table other than Fedor and I can't understand why they even have him. Sign with strikeforce if you want to that's fine I don't give a shit but why in the fuck do you need m1 tagging along leaching off of everyone else. Fuck m1.
UFC fan- August 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm
I like that people are Dana haters, it just proves how right he is. Some of you tools will never learn. UFC is the best all the rest are shit, live it, learn it.
Strikefarce wont last a year.
Fedor is pathetic, so is his fans.
He who laughs and runs away...- August 7, 2009 at 11:53 am
People who use the "Dana made the UFC what it is today" argument to justify the way he acts are the same people who counter the argument that people like Terrell Owens are team killers with "Well, he makes millions of dollars and you don't". These people fall into the category of People I Want To Kick In The Face.
bleve- August 7, 2009 at 11:15 am
VegasDirt:

Sorry about the name calling, but telling me to shut up because I disagree with about 95% of this board is, well, reminiscent of a certain bald headed promoter who wears extra tight jeans.

You must have your ear to the virtual ground to know what "everyone" is thinking. I might be in the minority but it gets a little tiring to hear how stupid/greedy/scared Fedor, and the raw raw UFC chants.

BG said something today that I liked in regards to Fedor:

"He doesn't take his career cues from American bloggers. He has a personal priest. He's a strange dude, and I can't blame him for just living his life the way he wants to live it. If you don't feel complete without seeing Fedor Emelianenko fight Brock Lesnar, then you need re-examine your priorities, hater."
VegasDirt- August 7, 2009 at 10:59 am
wtf is with the double post?
VegasDirt- August 7, 2009 at 10:58 am
Bleve you big name caller you. My problem with competition is only when they F*uck you outa seing the fight you wanna see. Otherwise its great. I don't think I'm outa line in saying "everyone" is getting tired of your same old DW, UFC bashing posts. Switch it up a bit, take a different stance. Then I will listen. I'm no UFC "groupie" I loved what afliction did for the sport. Gave a home to the disgruntled fighters like Arlovski.
VegasDirt- August 7, 2009 at 10:56 am
Bleve you big name caller you. My problem with competition is only when they F*uck you outa seing the fight you wanna see. Otherwise its great. I don't think I'm outa line in saying "everyone" is getting tired of your same old DW, UFC bashing posts. Switch it up a bit, take a different stance. Then I will listen. I'm no UFC "groupie". I'll listen.
ogb139ogb- August 7, 2009 at 10:48 am
Interesting situation here.

DW was getting support of the more fans after the Fedor deal didn't go through. They eased off of him.

As time passes and we keep seeing DW run his mouth more and more the momentum will shift again.



"They should've stayed the way they were"...that says it all my friends. You're business man, we get it, but you're supposed to keep your true intentions to yourself. Yeah he's upfront sometimes, but he's upfront about his monopolizing intentions. Being upfront about wanting to be a monopoly does not warrant respect.

And who is he to tell another business "No, don't expand" He's pretty much saying "Don't get more publicity for MMA, don't earn more money, don't pay the fighters and the staff higher salaries"

Horrible HORRIBLE publicity here for DW and UFC.

As a MMA fan, this trend is disturbing. DW is like BJ Penn with his "scorched earth" tactics.
VegasDirt- August 7, 2009 at 10:44 am
The Hoff kicked over that damn wall and tea bagged the russians with his harry junk. DW is the face man for the UFC. You gotta give credit where its due. With out DW and his boys at the UFC you wouldn't have SF or Affliction. M1 would exist because the Russian mafia always has existed. They made this shit main stream.
philibuster- August 7, 2009 at 10:43 am
Dana white is scum like don king. He lies, has no respect, and makes slave like contracts to up and coming fighters. I can't even imagine how and why people even defend this guy.

Not to mention the napoleon complex the guy has. He always poses like he's an actual fighter, wears designer jeans like a fag would, and talk shit to anyone who doesn't agree with him on everything.

And for people who say they lost respect for Fedor or Strikeforce then you had no respect for them to begin with and were just a bandwagon fan of Fedor's undefeated record and not his heart and character. Don't worry though you can watch the 100 "greatest" (lol they have forrest/bonnar as top 10 best fight of all time) fights on spike while drinking your xyience.
bleve- August 7, 2009 at 10:41 am
VegasDirt:

He has no credibility because he'll say something to feed the press, then completely contradict himself later - he does that often. I'm not saying he's not a good businessman - business and bullshit go hand in hand but the important part from a person interested in MMA is the ability to acknowledge it.

Why is your vagina crusty because I take issue with DW, do you not have enough of a choir agreeing with anything UFC related to lube you?

Like I said, I love the UFC fighters - and I think the UFC has been brilliant in their building of a business - but from a fans perspective, what's wrong with competition.

Thanks for speaking for the blog but do me a favor and eat a dick.
VegasDirt- August 7, 2009 at 10:33 am
How does the man that built MMA to it current status have zero creditability Bleve? Hype man or not he’s the man responsible. I think that demotes you to having zero creditability. Are the Russians paying you off? I think this blog has had enough of your attempt at sounding smart by disagreeing with anything UFC related. Do us all a favor and stop talking.
saku- August 7, 2009 at 10:30 am
@vegasdirt:
if dana built mma to its current status, david hasselhoff reunited germany.
Kaibo- August 7, 2009 at 10:27 am
I love how everyone comments like they're fucking elite business owners. I feel like tearing through each comment word for word...
bleve- August 7, 2009 at 10:06 am
"Everyone on this podium is rich".... riiiiight.

"People don't know shit, they don't know anything about that negotiation either"... you hear that Fedor haters.

Dana's worried or he wouldn't be yapping.

UFC groupies don't realize that Dana is not the brains behind the operation, he's the hype man. Dana owns 10% of the UFC, Fedor own's 20% or more of M-1, you get it?

Dana will say anything, including that Fedor sucks, then throw out claims of bogus offers. Dana has zero credibility but he's an outstanding bullshitter.

I love the fighters in the UFC but Dana is dripping with slime.
ReDx- August 7, 2009 at 10:01 am
I think Dana can be mad, I see it this way. Fedor is the smoking hot chick that everybody wants to bang, but she has a boyfriend yet also sleeps around with everybody but you. That's why you talk trash about her and call her a slut.

So she breaks up with her boyfriend(after all, he was a loser that sold t-shirts) and so you try to get her to want you. You got a lot of money so you promise her all the nice things, you even say she doesn't have to be monogamous, she can go sleep around every Thursday night if she wants.

So everybody thinks you're going to get this hot chick then all of sudden she starts dating this dorky kid that you were kinda cool with at first only because you know you are way more popular than him and have more money and better friends.

In the end the dorky kid is getting to bang the hot chick while you are stuck hanging out with the fucking t-shirt guy.
BeastUnleashed- August 7, 2009 at 9:46 am
Dana said it right, Guys that fight in the UFC make alot of money. But he need to set some shit up for my main man Mike Brown and the rest of the WEC crew.
godsloneranger- August 7, 2009 at 9:42 am
Dana is sick. Saying he will never sing anyone that signs to do ea sports mma. Dana is one sick puppy. Calm down
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