Dana White is "100% UFC," has nothing to do with "D-Level Strikeforce Production"Posted on March 5, 2012, 12:44 PM by Joey Santosus
After hinting that he would soon be taking an increased role in the production of Strikeforce, it appears UFC President Dana White has had a change of heart.
In fact, White says he wants nothing to do with the number-two promotion in the world.
During this past weekend's Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event, a displeased fan questioned White about the quality of commentating during the broadcast, insisting that the UFC President "needs to fix this asap."
In response, White made his his interest in the feedback very clear - he had none. "Tell Showtime, they run that sh-t, not me," insisted White. "I'm out. I'm 100% UFC."
His motivation for the stern remarks apparently stems from a meeting with the newest Showtime boss, Stephen Espinoza, who White recently met with in Las Vegas to discuss changes in the Strikeforce production. After nearly missing the UFC on FX 2 card in order to attend the Tate vs. Rousey event, White received word from UFC executive Pete Dropick that Showtime had decided none of the suggested changes would be implemented in the broadcast.
"These guys are letting a D-level producer run their organization, and that's exactly what I told Espinoza," White told MMAJunkie.com. "You want to let a D-level producer run your organization? Go for it brother. Knock yourself out. I've got [expletive] to do. I've got another job."
Currently set to run on Showtime through 2012, the long-term future of Strikeforce remains unclear. And while this isn't the first time the organization's fate has been called into question, with it's co-owner, White, once again bumping heads with the network it calls home, it's hard to imagine the ZUFFA-Showtime relationship extending beyond their present agreement.
Further Reading: Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament Final Date Set
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