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Dana White: “Strikeforce is a C-level promotion”

Dana White had much to say post Nashville Tenn. From brawls to bad commentating to Fighter contracts.

White on CBS failing to align with the UFC

“Of course, everyone thinks I’m anti-competition, but I’m not. 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. And what you saw on Saturday is the kind of thing that happens when you put a product like that on national television.”

White on UFC vs Strikeforce

“I can’t guarantee that every time you see a UFC pay-per-view it will be the best fight card you’ve ever seen. But what I can say is that for 10 years, we’ve consistently delivered great fights and great fight cards. That’s why this sport has grown so much and become as popular as it has.”

“On any given night, you may catch a bad fight. In Anderson’s case, it wasn’t a bad night. It was the third time he’s done something like that, which is why I was so angry. I take seriously delivering the kind of product my fans want to see. But what you saw on CBS is an example of what you don’t want to see on national television. No one had control and that’s what happens.”

White on Gus Johnson’s quote that brawls happen in MMA when there is a lot of testosterone in the cage

“When have you seen anything remotely close to that happen at a UFC event? What kind of ridiculous commentary was that? That was an idiotic thing to say. And then he was yelling at them to stop, telling them they are on national television. That was just another example of how bush league they are.”

White on letting Shields fight without a contract for future fights

“You never should gamble on fights. They bet on Manhoef, vs Lawler. Lawler was very unhappy and they wanted to get rid of him, but it backfired because he knocked Manhoef out. Then they treated Shields like (expletive), let his contract expire and they put all their money on Dan Henderson. “Now, Shields destroys Henderson and look where they’re at. That’s not how you do business.”

[Source: Yahoo Sports]

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