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Yes, the UFC Likes Strikeforce. No, Not Enough to Leave Them Completely Alone

(‘Let’s see how you like going up against a greased up Canadian and Lyoto Machida, you f*ckers.  I promise you it isn’t as much fun as it sounds.’)

Though he’s been uncharacteristically complimentary of Scott Coker’s Strikeforce operation, even after their move into the big time with the purchase of select Pro Elite assets, that doesn’t mean Dana White is content to let them operate free from any UFC interference.  When Strikeforce makes its Showtime debut with Diaz-Shamrock on April 11, the UFC will pull one of its favorite counter-programming tactics, running a popular recent pay-per-event for free on Spike TV the same night.

Strikeforce will go up against UFC 94, as Dana White and Co. attempt to draw fans away from the competing organization with the main event that made “Vaseline” a popular keyword term for MMA websites everywhere.  If anybody’s up for that challenge, it’s probably Frank Shamrock and Nick Diaz, who will say enough crazy things in the run-up to the bout to make you forget all about crazy things of the past.

So is this counter-programming effort a sign that the UFC will aggressively oppose Strikeforce the way they did Affliction and Pro Elite?  Not necessarily.  The UFC is a lot like an asshole older brother at times.  He wants you to do well in a way, but he’s not above beating the hell out of you in front of your junior high girlfriend just to remind everyone who the top dog is.  

The UFC seems less intent on destroying Strikeforce altogether as in proving that an old UFC event on free TV still beats a new non-UFC event on premium cable, thus making the point White has been reiterating for well over a year now: it’s not MMA that’s popular, it’s the UFC.  This lesson may very well be intended more for TV executives looking on from afar and wondering which horse to back than it is for Scott Coker and Strikeforce, who are nothing more than collateral damage.

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smashfacekillah- March 11, 2009 at 7:23 pm
Hell yeah, Im going to be watching Diaz beat the shit out of the less gay Shamrock brother (he's still gay though). Plus thanks to the magic of DVR and the internet I can watch almost any past fight when ever the fuck I want.
Dana White is a HOMO- March 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm
I hope it is clear now why I use this as my screen name! I think he is a good business man but man that guy is a Jerk! I would like to punch him in his mouth! Then ask him for some front row seats to UFC97!
Mark- March 11, 2009 at 12:31 pm
Kadumel is fucken annoying today...Go get a hobby and stop posting comments on CP you fag...Anyone else agree?
Sodak- March 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm
whos retarded enough to watch a ufc rerun when they could watch new fights, that card sucked anyway there was about 15 seconds worth watching bones jones spinning elbow and machidas ko punch.
MJMAC- March 11, 2009 at 12:04 pm
That photo of DW is hilarious - Bald Ninja with acid wash jeans pulling out his big sword
Anonymous- March 11, 2009 at 11:57 am
this is exactly why dana white should be beaten and dragged through the streets, can it really be good for mma to only have one organization?
Dan Quinn- March 11, 2009 at 11:12 am
Hey homey, Dana, fight me bro.
NateGetsIrate- March 11, 2009 at 11:06 am
I'd really love to see Dana fight. He's got such a big fucking mouth sometimes it's like you gotta wonder if he's able to back it up with some of his own muscle. Dana vs. Joe Rogan. And Dana gets to use his numchucks just to even things up.
Mantooth- March 11, 2009 at 10:55 am
Fans that are new to watching MMA on ppv or cable are probably more UFC fans for the simple fact that UFC's marketing has saturated the MMA market and specifically targets casual MMA fans or newbs to the sport.

I don't think fans of MMA can necessarily say that UFC is more popular than any other MMA event. Dream, Pride, Art of War, Cage Rage, etc are just as good as UFC at times.

Currently UFC does have most of the elite fighters, at least in N.America.
Anonymous- March 11, 2009 at 10:52 am
To answer your question JB yes by KTFO in the 3rd
Kadumel- March 11, 2009 at 10:51 am
FYI is reporting TapouT owner Mask died this morning in a car crash in his Ferrari Modena
Clozer- March 11, 2009 at 10:46 am
SHAME ROCK? Who? TO answer your question JB, FVCK NO!!!!!!!!!
Machete for hands- March 11, 2009 at 10:42 am
Diaz all the way baby! fuck shamerock
JB- March 11, 2009 at 10:37 am
Rashad could beat Machida.... Right?
Batman- March 11, 2009 at 10:34 am
Dana's always ready for war. He's one smart asshole.
mma-pro- March 11, 2009 at 10:30 am
the ufc is great, but i am a fan of any mma.
Kadumel- March 11, 2009 at 10:30 am
That's just Dana being Dana...
Kadumel- March 11, 2009 at 10:30 am
Sweet. WAR DiaZ!!
matt- March 11, 2009 at 10:30 am
I was shocked when i saw the ufc was going to counter strikeforce but business is business.

Also sports illustrated is confirming Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida for ufc 98!!!!