Immediately after the brawl in Nashville, Dana White tweeted a simple smiley face emoticon. Now he’s elaborated on his feelings of the situation, and it’s about as vitriolic as you’d expect from someone who has a massive axe to grind with Strikeforce’s partners at Showtime:
“Have you ever seen him do that at one of my shows?” White asked of Nathan Diaz. White said he believes the incident occurred because CBS didn’t align itself with the UFC. He said he had a tentative deal with CBS, but said that Showtime executives talked CBS into buying into the now-defunct Elite XC instead of agreeing to broadcast UFC fights.
The result, White said, was that an inferior product was put on national television. “Of course, everyone thinks I’m anti-competition, but I’m not,” White said. “But everyone knows that they didn’t belong on CBS. Even if you’re the biggest UFC hater out there, you know that. Shame on CBS for this. They knew they should have been with us, but they went out and let those Showtime idiots talk them into going with Elite XC.
“Now, they’re stuck with a bush league, C-level promotion that will probably be out of business next month,” he added. “And what you saw on Saturday is the kind of thing that happens when you put a product like that on national television.”
He goes on to say that Strikeforce has shot itself in the foot yet again by ‘gambling on the result of fights’, accusing them of basically booking fights with specific winners in mind. Now I remember when EliteXC used to do that and certainly Strikeforce has been guilty of cynical booking in the past too (Lashley vs Sims, Mayhem vs Stout, Walker vs newb, etc). But past that this is just Dana throwing out more partisan barbs trying to turn fans against Strikeforce. While there’s some truth to what he says, that truth exists mainly in the manufactured prism of the UFC vs Strikeforce narrative he’s created and constantly tries to jam down our throats.