Dana White TUF 16 Press ConferenceTo say Zuffa’s post-acquisition ownership of Strikeforce hasn’t gone according to plan would be a major understatement.

UFC president Dana White was extremely enthusiastic when talking about his role with Strikeforce, promising that he had big plans for the promotion to help lift it up to be seen in a light similar to the UFC.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned.

White is used to being able to call the shots, or at least have a television partner that is on the same wavelength as he is. That didn’t happen with Strikeforce.

Strikeforce was already locked into a television deal with Showtime, and that deal didn’t allow for White to operate the way he wanted to.

He’s been mum on much of the details of his relationship with Showtime, but suffice it say, it wasn’t good and when that went south, so did the prospects for Strikeforce as a competitive promotion.

The bottom fell out and Strikeforce started tumbling and bumbling towards extinction, which comes on Jan. 12, when the promotion is slated to operate its final event and shut its doors.

As much as we always focus on the promotion itself closing down, like what happened with Pride, the WEC, and others, there are real people behind those promotions, in particular, the fighters that are the core of the product.

As disappointed as White has been about Strikeforce’s downfall and the missed opportunities as a business, where the situation really hits home for him is with the fighters that had to suffer through month after tumultuous month of wondering what was happening with their employer.

“What’s happened to those guys over in Strikeforce, it’s terrible. It’s really bad what happened to them over there and it makes me sick,” said White recently.

When he fell out with Showtime officials, White removed himself from the situation almost entirely, but he still feels a strong sense of responsibility towards the fighters that suffered through the situation.

“I should probably sit down with all of them,” he said. “I apologize for everything that’s gone on for the last eight months. I’m really disgusted by it.”

The UFC has scooped up several other fight promotions over the years, each with its own baggage and complications. Some have been more successful than others.

Pride never ran another event after the UFC’s purchase, the company running into numerous stumbling blocks with the way fight promotion’s operate in Japan and with the people that entangled the Pride operations.

On the opposite end of the spectrum was World Extreme Cagefighting, which continued to operate as a separate entity with a degree of success. The WEC’s crowning achievement, however, was expanding the prominence of the lower weight classes in mixed martial arts and eventually folding into the UFC, expanding its roster.

What happened with Strikeforce was an entirely different level of frustration for White, who still won’t reveal the details of his frustration, other than to acknowledge it had to do with the Showtime relationship.

It’s been a long, torturous lesson, but White takes it for what it’s worth, lesson learned.

“It won’t happen again; (expletive) is over now.”

Check out what Dana White had to say about the downfall of Strikeforce following the UFC 155 post-fight press conference…

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

For Dana White and Fertittas, UFC Sale Leaves Behind Complex Legacy

  • 15 days ago
  • 16 views

After months of intense negotiations, the deal has finally closed. As first reported by TMZ, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was sold for $4 billion to talent agency WME-IMG in the single biggest read news >>

Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight, Episode 6: Outdoorsmen They Are Not

  • 28 days ago
  • 34 views

UFC president Dana White, Matt Serra and Nick "The Tooth" head to Sioux Falls, S.D., for a camping trip. Dana, Matt and Nick are completely out of their element. read news >>

The 10: The Best of the Best from the Best Month in UFC History

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

Take a look at the 10 best fights from one of the best fight months in UFC history. This is The 10 for July. read news >>

Lorenzo Fertitta on Rumored UFC Sale: ‘There’s Nothing to Report’

  • 20 days ago
  • 12 views

Company CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and president Dana White continue to deny that the UFC has been sold. read news >>

Dana White on Jon Jones UFC 200 Removal: ‘This is devastating to Daniel Cormier’

  • 19 days ago
  • 292 views

While the UFC moved swiftly to elevate Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt to the UFC 200 main event, Dana White held out hope to get Daniel Cormier another fight. read news >>

Dana White Has 'Zero' Conor McGregor Regrets After Jon Jones' UFC 200 Removal

  • 19 days ago
  • 112 views

UFC president Dana White insisted he has no regrets about pulling Conor McGregor from the UFC 200 card, despite the headline bout for Saturday's Las Vegas event being removed after Jon Jones' potenti read news >>

VIDEO: Jon Jones Apologizes After Being Removed from UFC 200

  • 19 days ago
  • 29 views

Jon Jones held a press conference on Thursday, where he apologized to fans, the UFC, and Daniel Cormier for a potential anti-doping violation. read news >>

Dana White Has ‘Zero’ Regret Pulling Conor McGregor from UFC 200

  • 19 days ago
  • 24 views

With Jon Jones having to be pull out with just three days left from UFC 200, one might think Dana White may have some regret in choosing to pull Conor McGregor. read news >>

Dana White: ‘Daniel Cormier Will Fight at UFC 200'

  • 19 days ago
  • 76 views

UFC president Dana White on Thursday declared Daniel Cormier will fight at UFC 200. Who will he face? read news >>

Emotional Jon Jones apologizes, vows to continue fighting

  • 19 days ago
  • 5 views

The morning after his removal from Saturday’s UFC 200 main event against Daniel Cormier due to a potential anti-doping violation, interim champion Jon Jones addressed the media, and was clearly contr read news >>