For now, and seemingly going forward, UFC President Dana White is finished with trying to help Strikeforce. The UFC boss announced last month that he would be taking more of a hand-on-approach to the development of Strikeforce.
Zuffa purchased the fight promotion last year and many believed it was only a matter of time before it was closed up and finished. Instead, a deal with Showtime was made to keep Strikeforce airing on the network, and Zuffa decided to allow it to remain a separate organization under the same banner as the UFC.
“UFC is what I am and where I should have been,” White said, adding he nearly attended the event to assist with the production and would have skipped UFC on FX 2 to do so. “I almost missed the first UFC fight in eleven years, and then I get the phone call from (UFC executive) Pete Dropick when I’m in Japan. ‘Yeah, listen, they’re not going to change pretty much any of the stuff you wanted.’ So I said, ‘(expletive) them.’ You flew out to Las Vegas and wasted my time.”
However, while White will no longer be offering suggestions based on the snub he did add that, “Strikeforce is never going to suck. We own it,” during the interview.
MMATraining Take: It is unknown exactly what kind of changes White had in mind, but he did make several remarks on his Twitter account during the Strikeforce show that can lead you to make your own opinion on what he wanted changed.