After the UFC’s first event for the Versus network Dana White took time to hold court on a number of issues with the assembled media.
One topic that was up for discussion was whether White had really intended to counter-program Strikeforce’s next CBS event with a live event of their own.
“I was never putting an April 17th show on,” White confessed. “The media started calling me and asking me, so I just let it ride out, let them sweat it. F*ck them – you want to compete with us? Let’s do it.”
“What you guys got to understand is, they consider themselves a competitor, and I like to compete, so I can’t always tell you guys exactly what I’m doing and what I’m thinking and what’s going to go on.”
Getting to the heart of the matter White admitted that his problem is not with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, but rather with Showtime who broadcast their events.
“I really, really, really dislike these guys at Showtime, I really dislike them…and we’re going to fight until somebody goes away, and believe me when I tell you it’s going to be them.”
“I shouldn’t even say ‘the guys’,” he then went on to clarify, “there’s a guy there, and he’s a d*ck and I don’t like him…and you guys know how I am, so it is what it is. Unfortunately Scott is caught in the middle.”
Despite that White did appear to criticize Coker for the Dan Henderson Vs Jake Shields match-up that will headline Strikeforce’s CBS event, suggesting that the promotion are feeding Shields to the former UFC fighter since he is on the last fight on his contract.
Shields himself has suggested he would like to fight in the UFC when his contract ends and White states he would be interested in him whether he wins or loses his next fight, though he would use him at 170lbs, not middleweight.
The conversation then went on to Fedor Emelianenko, and White feigned surprise when a reporter mentioned the contract problems that are alleged to be ongoing between the fighter’s management M-1 Global and the Strikeforce promotion.
When asked if perhaps Fedor didn’t have a contract White replied, “I don’t know. If he doesn’t man, that’d be interesting wouldn’t it?”
Considering that only minutes earlier White had admitted to letting rumors run to cause unrest in the Strikeforce and Showtime ranks it may be wise to take his comments with a pinch of salt.
Speaking of which, White was also asked about the rumors that suggest Tito Ortiz had to leave the TUF 11 show where he was competing alongside Chuck Liddell as a coach, with Rick Franklin also rumored to have stepped in to replace him.
“I don’t know. I guess if that’s true your just going to have to watch and see what happens,” he said with a grin.
He did however imply that there may well be some truth behind the rumors despite his recent denials.
“You ask me questions I’ll tell you the answers, but there’s sometimes when I have to do what I have to do.”
Watch Dana White’s comments for yourselves in the video’s below, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.
On Strikeforce and Showtime:
Discussing Various Fighters:
On The Rumors Surrounding TUF 11: